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Posted By Opening the Heart

I am so grateful to OTH Workshop co-facilitator Donna - who has posted her own gorgeous writing on this blog - for turning me on to Maya Stein. Maya is a poet, writer, teacher, traveller and free spirit whose poems, paragraphs, extracts and adventures are guaranteed to stir the most jaded of spirits.

The following could well be dedicated advice to someone considering taking the Opening the Heart Workshop:

 

 "It will be all right in the end, and maybe even in the middle. You will not suffer as long as you think you will. You are not fated to be unhappy. You are not destined for failure. Remember who you are. Let me say it again. Remember who you are. Be gentle. Practice exquisite acts of self-care. You don't have to be as strong as you think you do. You don't have to be wise and certain about your path. Your frailty is beautiful, and your innocence too. Getting lost is another exercise in navigation. You can’t fix everything you touch. You won’t break everything you touch. Don’t apologize if you’re tired. Don’t second-guess your stomach. Maintain eye contact with everything, especially yourself. Fall to your knees at least once a day. Say yes at least twice. Love daringly, wholly, unapologetically. Believe in magic. Befriend your fear. Look up. Listen. The birds will tell you everything you need to know about flight. Forgive yourself your great sadness. Unlock what hurts. Make a prayer for loss. Unpen your words. Get messier than anyone thinks you should. You’ll know when you’re ready. I’ll say it again. You’ll know when you’re ready"

 

Maya Stein's writings can be accessed on her blog:

http://www.papayamaya.blogspot.com/2012/02/you-will-know-for-t.html

I hope you will find time to read more of her inspiring words.

 

Peter

 
2 Comment(s):
Maya Stein said...
Donna - I just found your beautiful and generous comment here and wanted to say thank you. It humbles me to read everything you wrote, and it serves as a potent reminder to me why keeping this commitment to my work is so important. That it gifts me with perceptive and receptive readers such as you is an additional reward. Thank you for being here, for understanding, and for letting me know.
August 6, 2012 05:25:44
 
Donna Macomber said...
Maya's writing often gives me a lump in my throat, makes the resistant tears come, the ones that hide in the back, behind undigested mounds of life, or beliefs that no longer serve me. Sometimes, when I read her, I think she is reflecting those polished facets of our innermost diamonds that are worth protecting. Like the warriors and amazons that we are, we need our fortresses to be portable, and able to be deconstructed when we are in the presence of loving kindness. Thank you, Maya, for your vision.
July 11, 2012 03:25:54
 
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