Can We Talk?

Rosh Chodesh Elul

I am grateful for the healing that comes with conversations of the heart. This level of talking is not always easy; in fact, sometimes it's painful or terrifying. Silence can be punishing or purifying, depending on whether it is chosen or imposed. Talk down, talk it out, talk about, talk around, talk through, I could go on. 

What conversations are sitting in the wings, waiting for one of us to begin talking? 

Shadow and Light Source Both

How does a part of the world leave the world?
How does wetness leave water?

Dont' try to put out fire by throwing on 
more fire! Don't wash a wound with blood. 

No matter how fast you run, your shadow 
keeps up. Sometimes it's in front! 

Only full overhead sun diminishes your shadow. 
But that shadow has been serving you. 

What hurts you, blesses you. Darkness is
your candle. Your boundaries are your quest.

I could explain this, but it will break the
glass cover on your heart, and there's no
fixing that. 

You must have shadow and light source both. 
Listen, and lay your head under the tree of awe. 

When from that tree feathers and wings sprout on you, 
be quieter than a dove. Don't even open your mouth for 
even a coo.

 by Rumi