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Reply To: The Hour Yields, with Mythologist Joanna Gardner, Ph.D.


Marianne, your question and comments remind me of Rumi’s lines:

Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing,
there is a field. I’ll meet you there.

When the soul lies down in that grass,
the world is too full to talk about.
Ideas, language, even the phrase ‘each other’
doesn’t make any sense.

I do believe we can cultivate those moments, even if we seem to be knocked off the path from time to time. One of the joys of the adventure is finding the path again, which couldn’t happen if we never left the path. So in an esoteric sense, losing the path is the path, and it’s impossible to fall off.

Here in the field of space and time, every “Yes” we say is also a “No” to something else. For me, the practice is choosing our Yes-No’s with increasing attention and consciousness as much as possible.

Coffee with half-and-half is the perfect beverage to accompany your rich reflections!

Blessings to you,