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God Falls In

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By Martha Beck: “A Jewish friend told me this story: A man asks his rabbi, ‘Why does God write the law on our hearts? Why not in our hearts? It’s the inside of my heart that needs God.’

The rabbi answered, ‘God never forces anything into a human heart. He writes the word on our hearts so that when our hearts break, God falls in.’

Whatever you hold sacred, you’ll find that an unguarded broken heart is the ideal instrument for absorbing it.”

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“I don’t know Who — or what — put the question,
I don’t know when it was put.
I don’t even remember answering.
But at some moment I did answer
to Someone — or Something —
and from that hour
I was certain that existence is meaningful
and that, therefore, my life in self-surrender, had a goal.”
~Dag Hammarskjöld

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Those who love you are not fooled by mistakes you have made

or dark images you hold about yourself.

They remember your beauty when you feel ugly…

your wholeness when you are broken…

your innocence when you feel guilty…

and your purpose when you are confused.

~African saying

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Teach this triple truth to all:

A generous heart,

kind speech,

and a life of service and compassion

are the things which renew humanity.

~The Buddha

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John O’Donohue in:

To Bless The Space Between Us


Now that you have entered with an open heart

into a complex and fragile situation,

hoping with patience and respect

to tread softly over sore ground in order    

that somewhere beneath the raw estrangement   

some fresh spring of healing might be coaxed   

to release the grace for a new journey   

beyond repetition and judgment,     

and have achieved nothing of that,   

emerged helpless, and with added hurt….


Withdraw for a while into your own tranquility,   

loosen from your heart the new fester.   

free yourself of the wounded gaze   

that is not yet able to see you.   

Recognize your responsibility for the past.   

Don’t allow your sense of yourself to wilt.   

Draw deep from your own dignity.   

Temper your expectation to the other’s limits,   

and take your time carefully,   

learning that there is a time for everything   

and for healing too….  

but that now is not that time….yet.


Now is the time to free the heart,   

let all intentions and worries stop,   

free the joy inside the self,   

awaken to the wonder of your life.


Open your eyes and see the friends   

whose hearts recognize your face as kin,   

those whose kindness watchful and near,   

encourages you to live everything here.


See the gifts the years have given,   

things your effort could never earn,   

the health to enjoy who you want to be   

and the mind to mirror mystery.

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