Here at malarkey central, brokenness is a bit literal, since I am learning my spine is more and more restricted with the passage of time. My initial response to this is fist shaking, tears and a lot of juicy words. But as I lean in and meet myself where I really am (needing help, slowing down) I can see the lessons waiting for me to embrace them. Asking for help - that is a big one for me - recognizing that stubborn independence sometimes has a steep price.
Mark Nepo, in The One Life We're Given, advises us to see all of life in the one thing before us - to be present with devoted attention to right now. "The threshold to the secret kingdom that is everywhere, hiding in the open, is that no matter the pain or weight we carry, we're challenged to regard whatever is before us as the only thing that exists." And in being present we come alive.
Being present in the midst of brokenness means looking away from our suffering and into the eyes of the person we're listening to, the dog we're playing with or at the painting we are creating. In that moment, we are no longer separate from the world, but one with all, head and heart connected and outside of time. "Eternity is in each moment", Nepo writes, "I am no longer looking ahead. I'm no longer looking for something better to happen in the future. Instead, I try to give my all to every blade of grass..." The world is full of heroes right now - brave souls contemplating their own blades of grass. I aspire to be one of them.
Lola (Jen) Jovan and her imaJENation