Heidi talks about all things Mars. She looks at Mars in every sign and house. What do we stand for? Where can we bring our spiritual courage?
Rainer Maria Rilke
You See, I Want a Lot
You see, I want a lot. Perhaps I want everything the darkness that comes with every infinite fall and the shivering blaze of every step up. So many live on and want nothing And are raised to the rank of prince By the slippery ease of their light judgments But what you love to see are faces that do work and feel thirst. You love most of all those who need you as they need a crowbar or a hoe. You have not grown old, and it is not too late To dive into your increasing depths where life calmly gives out its own secret.
So That You Can Stand
Radical love is still counter cultural. Compassion for all is still counter cultural. Human dignity before profit margins is still counter cultural.
Recognizing political conflict as two boys fighting in the schoolyard writ large, and ending it accordingly? Still counter cultural. Shining your light fiercely, like a child on May Day? Still counter cultural. Brazen, unapologetic idealism? Still counter cultural.
We do personal growth work to improve the quality of our lives, but we also do it for this: to let go of the fear of not fitting in, to see how we cling to a safety that doesn’t serve the world, to learn to lean in to that whisper in your chest,
to unleash the original, loving self, the one blazing to heal.
In other words: to birth a you who can stand to be counter cultural. Who can stand in your living room, in your child’s school gymnasium, or on CNN, wherever you are called to do it.
To birth a you that knows her mission. To know it quietly, when you are stirring the batter in the kitchen. To know it when you kiss your children at night. To know it when the moments come that ask you to be voice, or a messenger, or a crazywoman for love.