How to Listen

I’m not asking you
to come down here
and clean out
the muddy corners
of my life.

I’m asking you 
to be a forest
where mud and leaves,
shadows and light,
growth and decay
all have their
unquestioned belonging.

I’m asking you 
to be an ocean,
where even great storms
don’t trouble the depths
and each tear
is welcomed
as a homecoming.

I’m asking you
to be as spacious 
as the vast darkness
behind the sky,
which will never be afraid
of what I do
or don’t choose.

I’m not asking you
to hold me together.
I’m asking you
to open so wide
there’s room for all the ways
I come apart.

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The cover of the Four Seasons of Belonging guide. Over collage art showing a silhouetted man looking out over a mult-season landscape are the words: The Four Seasons of Belonging, A natural cycle for bringing more and more of you wholeness into the world.

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