Communion — as a Strategy of Resilience

Gamble's Oak Leaf
Life: in communion and transformation

Many a thought
running through this 2:00 AM mind
like children in a playground
each following a trail
of their own spontaneous desire
together and alone weaving
webs of patterns
mirroring how it is
we commune with the world
and the world with us

Desire and fear
hope and aspiration and ecstasy
laughter and joy and tears
jealousy and greed
belonging and loneliness
despair grief and sorrow
anger rage and hate too

All but pomegranate seeds
in the fruit of our heart’s deep longing
relationships that once eaten consciously of
become threads of connection and vulnerability
living energies we nourish with our attention
calling us home to ourselves
if we but risk the play
of communing
of communion with all that is
as it is


“The day came when the risk it took to remain closed in a bud became more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” — Anaïs Nin

“Relationships are all there is. Everything in the universe only exists because it is in relationship to everything else. Nothing exists in isolation. We have to stop pretending we are individuals that can go it alone.” — Margaret Wheatley, Leadership and the New Science

It strikes me that essential to our wild resiliency is the willingness to engage with the world in a spirit of transformation rather than one of just ‘transaction.’ In the former is the willingness to be changed; in the later is the commerce between objects.

To live Life in the spirit of relationship is also to live in the world willing to be transformed, willing even to risk—blossoming; therein lies our “communion with all that is,” beginning with the deep desires of our own hearts.

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