Monday, June 9, 2008

In Praise of Risk

"Nothing in this world is truly motionless, and I suspect nothing in the next world is, either. We human beings think in terms of perfect ends, but I doubt that God thinks that way. I have a hunch that God has a lot more to do with tender beginnings than with efficient ends....

...We choose safety over freedom; we entrench ourselves in inertia. We dull and occupy ourselves so completely that we stifle our desire, anesthetize our yearning...This does not remove us from the ongoing birth of creation, but it deadens us to it...

... Love does not permit homeostasis to be the end of things. If we so choose, whatever stability we have can be the source of endless beginnings. Our equilibrium can be gestation rather than stagnation. Homeostasis can be the place where we wake up to our yearnings, however painful, and claim them as our own. We can choose to follow our desires for more than what is instead of more of what is. We can say yes to the invitation of love and begin to open up and reach out again. Every time we say yes we upset our stability. We sacrifice our serenity. We risk our safety. We become vulnerable to being hurt. And creation shines more brightly."

The Awakening Heart by Gerald May

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