Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Breaking the Silence

It's been quite a while, I know. I've been toying with the idea of taking down the blog entirely, since I feel I don't have the time to update regularly. Still, I came across something today that is too good not to share, so we'll give this another go. Oh, and I'm going to re-enable comments, just for the heck of it.

I have been reading A Hidden Wholeness, by Parker Palmer, for one of my classes. The book itself probably deserves a whole post, but I came across this gem near the end that I just had to post. Palmer is talking about how "broken hearts" may not be only a bad thing, that a broken heart might mean "a heart broken open into new capacity". On this subject, he tells the following Hasidic story:

The pupil comes to the rebbe and asks, "Why does Torah tell us to 'place these words upon your hearts'? Why does it not tell us to place these holy words in our hearts?"
The rebbe answers, 'It is because as we are, our hearts are closed, and we cannot place the holy words in our hearts. So we place them on top of our hearts. And there they stay until, one day, the heart breaks, and the words fall in."

I'll leave you with that, the image of God's holy word breaking our hearts open so that it can finally reach inside.

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