August 27, 2015

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Engaging Fully

To be Engaged.
It is a very engaging conversation.
And since becoming engaged a few weeks ago with my amazing man,
a conversaiton that I have been engaged in frequently.
Giving ourselves this time of engagement 
to playfully engage in all of it...
the celebration, the discovery, the wonderment, the expectations, the fear.
The everything that emerges...
Our friend Erika shared this David Whyte poems with us,
I would love to share it with you...
The Truelove

There is a faith in loving fiercely
the one who is rightfully yours
especially if you have
waited years and especially
if part of you never believed
you could deserve this 
loved and beckoning hand
held out to you this way.

I am thinking of faith now
and the testaments of loneliness
and what we feel we are
worthy of in this world.

Years ago in the Hebrides 
I remember an old man 
who walked every morning 
on the grey stones 
to the shore of baying seals

who would press his hat 
to his chest in the blustering 
salt wind and say his prayer 
to the turbulent Jesus 
hidden in the water

and I think of the story
of the storm and everyone
waking and seeing
the distant
yet familiar figure
far across the water
calling to them

and how we are all 
preparing for that 
abrupt waking, 
and that calling,
and that moment 
we have to say yes,
except it will
not come so grandly
so Biblically
but more subtly
and intimately in the face 
of the one you know
you have to love

so that when 
we finally step out of the boat 
toward them, we find
everything holds
us, and everything confirms
our courage, and if you wanted 
to drown you could, 
but you don't 
because finally 
after all this struggle
and all these years
you don't want to any more
you've simply had enough
of drowning
and you want to live and you 
want to love and you will
walk across any territory
and any darkness
however fluid and however
dangerous to take the
one hand you know
belongs in yours.
~David Whyte
from The House of Belonging
©1996 Many Rivers Press
 

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