With the senses, we see, hear, taste, smell and touch the world, drawing its mystery inside us. With the mind, we probe the eternal structures of things. With the face, we present ourselves to the world and we recognise each other. But it is the heart that makes us human. The heart is where the beauty of the human spirit comes alive. Without the heart, the human would be sinister.**
Every day we have opportunities for becoming more human.
Our day are filled with the many challenges and encounters that make it possible to explore living with heart. To repeat yesterday is to be in danger of cliché:
Clichés grow in the barren mind of the lazy writer. … Create a story that only you could write.^
Such a personal story takes a lifetime to write and, even then, is unlikely to be unfinished.
Perhaps Cynthia Bourgeault provides us with three practices towards such a tale when she writes:
The “letting go” of kenosis [emptying] is actually closer to “letting be” than it is to any of its “non-” equivalents (nonclinging, nonattachment, nonidentification and so forth); its flow is positive and fundamentally creative. … Abundance surrounds us and sustains us like the air we breathe; it is only or habitual self-protectiveness that prevents us from perceiving it. … To experience abundance is essentially to see from oneness^^
Emptying, abundance and oneness: not holding tightly to the person we were up until yesterday; being open to the pleroma or abundance experienced through all people and things which may bring invitations to live in new directions; and, bringing our mind and heart and will together as one so that we may move in the direction of fullness.
*C. S. Lewis, quoted in Sunil Raheja’s Dancing With Wisdom;
**From John O’Donohue’s Benedictus;
^From Robert McKee‘s newsletter: Why Story Needs Your Unique Vision;
^^From Cynthia Bourgeault’s The Meaning of Mary Magdalene.