Bang our very bones to roust our own souls

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Unless we learn to let experience play upon our inner lives as on a finely tuned instrument, we will try to manufacture inner intensity from the outside, we will bang our very bones to roust our own souls. We crave radical ruptures when we have allowed the nerves of our inner lives to go numb. But after those ruptures— the excitement or the tragedy, the pleasure or the pain— the mind returns to what it was, the soul quicksilvers off from the pierce of experience, and the kingdom of boredom…begins the clock-tick toward its next collapse.

~ Christian Wiman, My Bright Abyss: Meditation of a Modern Believer


Photograph: Beza17

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  1. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    Lovely!! …. and so true!!

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  2. This writing is crystalline, DK, and the sentiments captured are astonishing. I read these passages and think, “Yes!” I just read Peter Heller’s new book, “The Painter,” and had a similar response. The visuals he sketches with his words and the emotions he elicits–pitch perfect. Highly recommended.

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  3. Just curious, what came first; the image or the passage? Perfect pairing!

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  4. we must allow ourselves to feel fully.

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  5. This is waking up.

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  6. Reblogged this on SmirkPretty and commented:
    Waking up to this.

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  7. Oh, Lord, please do not let my 14 year old dying-to-have-a-tattoo daughter see this. Ever.

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  8. In the Stillness of Willow Hill says:

    “We crave radical ruptures when we have allowed the nerves of our inner lives to go numb.”
    …….Guilty! In my neophyte state of spirituality, I longed for whiz-bang enlightenment from an unconditionally loving deity. Truth keeps whispering……”Look inside. Awaken to yourself.”

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  9. Osanan Veras says:

    Muito bonita a sua tatu gostei do violão

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  10. Osanan Veras says:

    Muito bonita a sua tatu gostei do violão

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  11. I know this deeply, but could never have voiced it so keenly. Thank you.

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