March 10 – The Creator’s Cycle – Mark Nepo, The Book of Awakening

“We survive…and then we die.”  Ojibway Elder

Nothing escapes the Creator’s cycle. Not plants, horses, trees, birds or human beings. Not the life of the mind. Not the life of the heart. Not the life of the spirit. All living things emerge, gather, spark new life, fall apart, die and emerge in new ways.  Each soul is a gust of God’s breath unfolding in the great energy that surrounds us like an ever moving stream. The goal is not to cheat death, but to live in the stream. The goal is not to cheat death, but to live in the stream with a humility and aliveness that only an acceptance of death can release.

When we try to deny death, we can grow sick from frantically chasing any challenge that will occupy our minds. In living the other extreme, we can grow sick from thinking only of death, from letting death be all that we can see. This makes a sad career of fear.

Beyond all design and desire, we survive and like stones that are eroded by forces that can never be seen or stopped, our reward is the pain and wonder of baring our inner beauty to the sky. What we carry deep within, if we live honestly, will inevitably be worn outwardly. The experience of living this fully has nothing to do with removing ourselves from the Creator’s Cycle. Too often, we struggle stubbornly in an attempt to protect ourselves from the friction of being alive when it is precisely that friction that works our spirit into a seeable gem. We are more malleable than we think, more durable and changeable than all hope.

Thin and fragrant petals do not hide from the wind. They survive to die and break ground again. Even within one life, we shred and re-root. We break, bleed, and rearrange into yet another beautiful thing that learns how to reach. Resisting this process doubles our pain. Singing our way through it is the source of wisdom and beauty.

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