Beyond our Walls

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Speak little, learn the words of eternity.  Go beyond your tangled thoughts and find the splendor of paradise.   RUMI


“A rose once grew where all could see,
sheltered beside a garden wall,
And as the days passed swiftly by,
it spread its branches, straight and tall…

One day, a beam of light shone through
a crevice that had opened wide
The rose bent gently toward its warmth
then passed beyond to the other side

Onward it crept with added strength
With never a thought of fear or pride,
It followed the light through the crevice’s length
And unfolded itself on the other side.

The light, the dew, the broadening view
Were found the same as they were before,
And it lost itself in beauties new,
Breathing its fragrance more and more.

A.L Frink

With practice over many years, I am learning to recognize my walls of righteousness, fear, anger, grief and tangled thoughts.  I have discovered, that every wall has a crevice.

A crevice of light and love.

As I learn to bend and grow towards this light in the crevice, I expand and move through easily, unfolding to the other side.

In this space, I remember who I am. I am love, I am light. I am life.

28 thoughts on “Beyond our Walls

  1. Wonderful. We have to bend and reach for the light! Spiritual growth requires effort doesn’t it. Thanks for this post.

  2. Beautiful photo and reminder, Karen. It brought to mind that string of lyrics from Leonard Cohen’s Anthem … there is a crack, a crack in everything; that’s how the light gets in. Thanks for sharing.

  3. I have just come back from a 5-day wellness retreat and, even though the deep grief at Anthony’s death is still ever-present, I feel decidedly ‘untangled’ – thank you for this affirmative post x

    1. Julie, I did not know Anthony had passed. I’m so sorry for your loss. You have been on such a long journey with him. You are an amazing person of support, love and loyalty. I’m so glad you were able to spend sometime at the retreat to nurture your feelings. Sending lots of love and peace to you. 💕

    1. After our son died in 2001, I didn’t even know I had walls, let alone know there was a crevice ha! ! Walls of grief, fear, anger and righteousness. It wasn’t until 2007 when I started a spiritual mindful practice that I began to see there were crevices in these walls. And even though I could see the crevice, I certainly didn’t think it was possible to unfold to the other side. My daily practice is the only thing that has allowed me to expand that crevice and I’m only just understanding I can unfold a little bit easier than before. It’s hard work and lots of patience, but it’s a gift to feel that unfolding, it really is. We all have the ability to do this. 💚💕💚

      1. After my comment on a previous blog, I realized that the masthead to your blog contains the mention of losing a child. And I felt so bad for missing that. I guess I had always honed in on the actual blog post and ignore the masthead. I cannot even imagine what that must feel like. And how long healing process takes. I’m sure it’s something that never truly goes away.

  4. Beautiful words, also lot of meaning in them. A crevice means another door, another new opportunity that beckoned the rose to move through. If you were drawn to write this it means that you have found new hope and moving on to the future with added strength. Very often it is others who notice another’s moods more than the person itself by their words and actions. In this case I feel you are now moving away from the past grief to a new day, to a new life. I do hope I am correct in this 🙂
    I wish you all the best and send you much Love, Light and Healing Energies. May God Bless you 🙂 ❤

    1. Yes it’s very true. I feel a deep movement within and an ability to see a a new way of thinking through the crevice. It’s a gift of freedom and I believe we have many opportunities to move through the crevices of life if we choose. Thank you for your insightful comment 💕

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