March 9 – Opening Our Deepest Eyes – Mark Nepo, The Book of Awakening
“The inner life of any great thing will be incomprehensible to me until I develop and deepen an inner life of my own.” Parker J. Palmer
Everyone has an inner life; it’s just a matter of opening it. What Parker Palmer wisely suggests is that we can only feel something to the degree that we are willing to meet its depth. Just as we must open our eyes – must raise our lids – to see, we must raise our barriers and open our hearts and minds, if we are to see and feel the essence of the life around us.
To develop our own inner life is tantamount to opening our deepest eyes. It has much to do with raising our walls, with living from our own depths so we can experience the depths around us.
Too often, while cut off from our inwardness, we complain that the things about us are shallow and boring, not worth our attention, when, more often than not, it is we who are out of touch.
To see deeply, we must open deeply.