In reaching for a goal of any sort, I have to keep asking myself.
What kind of kindness can I, can we, bestow upon people to manifest it?
by A.R. Ammons
It is not enough to be willing to come out of the dark
and stand in the light,
all hidden things brought into sight, the damp
where fear, arms over its head, trembles into blindness,
invaded by truth-seeking light:
it is not enough to desire radiance, to be struck by
radiance: external light
throws darkness behind its brilliance, the division
nearly half and half:
it is only enough when the inner light
kindles to a source, radiates from its sphere to all
points outwardly: then, though
surrounding things are half and half with
light and darkness, all that is visible from the source
it is not enough to wish to cast light: as much
darkness as light is made that way: it is only
enough to touch the inner light of each surrounding thing
and hope it will itself be stirred to radiance,
eliminating the shadows that all lights give it,
and realizing its own full sphere:
it is only enough to radiate the sufficient light
constant source, the light beyond all possibility of night.
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Wow. This is so beautiful, so true, and so precisely what I needed to hear today. Thank you! xo
Thank you, this is lovely! Shared with my yoga class last night, good food for thought.