May 21 – When Cut in Two – Mark Nepo, The Book of Awakening

“The cut worm forgives the plow.” William Blake

The worm is one of the only creatures that grows from being cut. Mysteriously, if you cut a worm in two, each cut half becomes whole, and you have two worms.

What is it in how the worm lives that allows it to grow from its pain and how might we translate that to being human? Well without looking too far, the worm is completely in touch with the earth. In fact, it eats earth. It lives in humus – soil – inside and out.

Perhaps the secret to growing from our wounds is to live close to the earth, to live with our hearts and minds and bellies alway touch – both inside and out – with that which is larger than we are.

Perhaps, when cut in two, it is a life of humility, of risking to be at one with the soil of our experience, that allows us to heal into something entirely new.

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