January 29 – The Unspoiled Clearing – Mark Nepo, The Book of Awakening

“I am too alone in the world and not alone enough to make every moment holy.” Rainer Maria Rilke

It seems there are two basic ways to feel the fullness of life, and both arise from the authenticity of our relationships. One is from our love of life, and the other is from our love of each other.

Often, in our solitude, we can discover the miracles of life, if we take the time and risk to be alone until the glow of life presents itself. This is the reward of all meditation. It’s like taking the path of our aloneness deep enough through the woods so we can reach that unspoiled clearing.

We can also reach that unspoiled clearing by taking the time and risk to be thoroughly with each other. This is the reward of love.

But our foremost obstacle to experiencing the fullness of life, which I have suffered many times, is the hesitancy that keeps us from being either fully alone with life or fully alone with each other.

Being half anywhere is the true beginning of loneliness.

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