Monday, August 08, 2011
This was very good stuff to read. And very fitting stuff with the season that was right around the corner once I had finished reading it for the first time.
BELONGING: THE WISDOM OF RHYTHM
"To be human is to belong. Belonging is a circle that embraces everything; if we reject it, we damage our nature. The word "belonging" holds the two fundamental aspects of life: Being and Longing, the longing of our Being and the being of our Longing. Belonging is deep; only in a superficial sense does it refer to our external attachments to people, places, and things. It is the living and passionate presence of the soul. Belonging is the heart of warmth of intimacy. When we deny it, we grow cold and empty. Our life's journey is the task of refining our belonging so that it may become more true, loving, and free. We do not have to force belonging. The longing within us always draws us towards belonging and again new forms of belonging when we have outgrown the old ones. Postmodern culture tends to define identity in terms of ownership: possessions, status, and qualities. Yet the crucial essence of who you are is not owned by you. The most intimate belonging is Self-Belonging. Yet your self is not something you could ever own; it is rather the total gift that every moment of your life endeavors to receive with honor. True belonging is gracious receptivity. This is the appropriate art of belonging in friendship: friends do not belong to each other, but rather with each other. This 'with' reaches to the very depth of their twinned souls." ~~~ Eternal Echoes