it’s all food the tender touch of a loved one or the feeling of the sun on your face the stub of your toe on the chair foot, again or cutting your finger with the vegetables the taste of cinnamon and tangerine the argument at work or interaction you just weren’t present for the sound of church bells ringing in the distance or the alarm clock buzzing you awake the disappointment of not taking the initiative to help someone else, or yourself the joy of the children playing in the yard or a quiet moment’s rest. every little thing. it’s all food. food if only you’re truly hungry to know your truth and ready to taste some ripe delicious fruit.
the awakened spirit
bravely leans into
the moment’s softness
the hungry soul
opens and allows
others’ love to flow in
the tender heart
the gift of wholeness
This post was inspired by reading Healing is Mutual in Rachel Naomi Remen’s Kitchen Table Wisdom. She writes about a doctor who follows his intuition and breaks with his training to pray in his office with an elderly woman patient in the final stages of cancer. Rachel describes how the women touched the doctor’s cheek in appreciation and how that simple act of grace was a powerful gift for the physician, giving him strength and recommitting him to his healing work.
I love how Rachel inspires me to listen to the wisdom inside, deep down where my heart beats softly. I like the way she invites me to be vulnerable and courageous in acting on what feels right, even though it may be different from what I would usually do, or what I might think is ‘professional’ or aligned with others’ expectations. I appreciate how she helps me see what’s possible when I show up 100% for what’s happening – and the beauty of others’ gifts flowing into my life.
* I took this photo at Terre di Vendicari in Sicily, Italy this past summer. I chose it because of the way these horses seemed to give and receive from each other.