27 October, 2011
there are those times when we have no choice but to retreat. when it is energy and not words. when the oldest, most foundational, primal cell stuff is calling. when the whispers become shouts and the knees find their way to the floor.
it is uncomfortable and necessary and simple and expected. it is every workshop and retreat and therapy session. it is every poet and guru and mystic and shaman. it is the heart that pauses and then fires too fast, and the burning between the eyes.
this is waking up in a sweat, floating above the surface, and too deep for story.
this is about embodiment, alignment, integration. but even this language does not address the grey veil and the terrifying vacuum that precedes it.
i suppose this is the beginning of awakening. of healing. of really becoming.
but all i can presence is now. the now that feels chills between my shoulder blades. the now that seeks solace in the woods, wants pasta, looks to spider webs for guidance, and sleeps better with his hand on my chest.
there are those times when we have no choice but to retreat. when the senses are amplified, when it feels like a choice between light and dark. between static and flow. between love and fear.
and so i have gone in. to be with all of it.
photo: where the shadows meet the light. october 2011.