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A Love that Beckons, Destroys, Transforms: Kahlil Gibran On Love

Mindful Connection and Compassion

A gravestone in Provence, France. Photo taken by Brandi Lust

Language is not enough to describe the emotional, physical and spiritual dimensions that encompass this word we humans call “love.”  This last weekend, I had the privilege of hearing Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf speak, and he talked much of love in all its forms- mother, father, sister, brother, wife, child, lover, friend.  Infinite possibilities in our experience of relationship- felt in color, shape, texture, form.

One of the most beautiful and articulate ways I have heard love described is in the poetry of Kahlil Gibran.  In his poem “On Love” he begins with the following,

When love beckons to you follow him,  

Though his ways are hard and steep. 

And when his wings enfold you yield to him, 

Though the sword hidden among his pinions may wound you. And when he speaks to you believe      in him,  

Though his voice may shatter your dreams as the north wind lays waste the garden.

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The “Why Not?” Practice: Making Space for Play

Connection and Compassion (2)“Expressive movement reaches its pinnacle in free play. It is observed in many mammals and all humans and is individualistic. It can consist of the spontaneous leaps and gambols we see in sheep, horses, and wolves. It is seen in humans as free associative movement that unfolds not through any external dictates, but motion that arises from a deep immersion in direct experience, following the moment to moment stimuli of the senses, of feelings, of images.”

-“Life Dancing Itself” by Christine Caldwell, from the On Being blog

As mentioned in the Beautiful Moments post, my friend Melissa inspired the “Why Not?”  practice as an outcropping of “Beautiful Moments.”  The basic idea is this:

There are things that are very possible and would bring us joy, but we often don’t do these things.  Why not just do them and see what happens?

The classic example the two of us often refer to is walking through the grass in bare feet.  She has a lovely story where her four-year-old daughter imparted this wisdom to her one day in the back yard:

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