Life

June 22, 2015

“What makes the heart inside your voice sing? What makes the soul at the center of your mind know? What brings joy to the places in your brokenness that have never known such before? What is it that applauds when you smile and takes its own sustenance from the fact of your growing? What thing at the heart of life itself both feeds and is fed by you? There is something breathing in this worldly plane, and it is not a lung and it is not air. Something fills these molecules and that impenetrable energy of which we are all composed. Something penetrates us, just as it penetrates all existence, and it gives to that existence not meaning, never that, but life—life not as energy or matter, not as birth or growth as opposed to dying, but life as that spark of divine animation which is inexhaustible, ever-present, and transcendent. We are made of it, this life, and without it we are not at all. Within it, we have found ourselves moving and being; it is what exists permanently and irrevocably at the core of, even, suffering. It is the thing which makes all pain bearable. Do not distrust it when you find it but wonder, instead, that something so raw and so fragile could yet be indestructible. Let it put the song back in your body. Let it grow you in its own natural and inevitable way. Let it christen you, making you new again, giving you the hope that always lies at beginnings. It is always here but we cannot always hear its singing; for that, you must let it resonate in the chamber of your life and reverberate through the structure of your body. We are not born into much luck but we do have this, this one great blessing—that life, indestructible, ever-potent and absolutely transcendent, has pierced us to our very core and we cannot be separated from it. Use that blessing; it is sometimes the only one you will find you truly have. Sing what is inside you before too much time has gone and you can no longer find your song.”

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