I have returned from leading a group retreat in Assisi. As I reflect on my own learnings and experiences, as well as what others tell me about theirs, the following become clear.
- We make pilgrimages for highly personal reasons.
- While there, we may see the same things, but in different ways.
- In fact, we may see entirely different things.
- We make unique meanings; see unique connections.
- We come away with highly personal learnings, even revelations.
So, what is it that we all share? I think it is the longing. The exact object of that longing, the process of seeking and finding, and even the depth of desire, may all be different. But, we all have the desire.
We may be separated in our particulars, but we are united in our universal seeking…in and through the intention, the openness and the quality of focus.
In, and from, this commonality, is born a sense of hope, support, perhaps even joy. And, a quality of tenderness toward others on the journey, as we know the courage and vulnerability that seeking requires.
If you are seeking,
Speak truthfully to yourself of your desire.
And, while being truthful,
Also be tender.
Cradle your longing,
Lest you judge yourself, in haste,
Unworthy of its satisfaction.
For, we can be quick to shame,
To blink and disavow,
To deny our exquisite truth,
When the depth of its
Beautiful blue desire
Would seem to swallow us.
Yet, it knows what we do not:
We can breathe