Through Poetry Friday friend Ruth, I discovered the writings of Jan Richardson and her Women’s Christmas Retreat booklets. Last year I downloaded the one for 2015 (Illuminating the Threshold) and worked my way through part of it using its questions as writing prompts.
She ended the third chapter “The Cave of the Heart” with these questions:
“The ‘cave of the heart’ is a way of describing that place where, even for some small space of time, we can turn inward and pay attention to what is stirring within us. How do you find or create this kind of space? Are there practices, people, or places that help you listen to your life in a way that enables you to return to the world with renewed vision?” – p. 11.
My one little word for 2017 is LISTEN, and so the question: “Are there practices, people, or places that help you listen to your life…” popped out at me as I re-read these comments just now, and the poem I wrote in response last February:
The vena cava of the psyche
also needs the in and out of breath
the in of distance—
the out of spill
the in of a song
the out of tears
the in of an essay or poem
the out of conversation
So the blood of growth and change
pumps from the cave of the heart
to the head, the hands, and the feet.
© 2016 by Violet Nesdoly (All rights reserved)
I’d love to know: How do you listen to your life?
You can find Jan Richardson’s Women’s Christmas Retreat booklets available for download on THIS page.
* The vena cava are either of two large veins discharging blood into the right atrium of the heart, one (superior vena cava) conveying blood from the head, chest, and upper extremities, the other (inferior vena cava) conveying blood from all parts below the diaphragm – dictionary.com
This post is linked to Poetry Friday, hosted today Linda at Teacher Dance.