Jun 28, 2013 - Uncategorized    No Comments

Day 11: Rest

Dear Pope Francis,

I love the poetry of David Whyte. I have dogeared the life out of several of his books. I also love that he has recorded many of his lectures. If it were possible to wear a groove in an MP3 file, all of my David Whyte audiobooks would be unplayable.

On one of these recordings, “The Poetry of Self-Compassion,” Whyte talks about a time in his life when he was completely burned out. One night he met up with David Steindl-Rast and asked him to talk to him about exhaustion. Steindle-Rast replied that the opposite of exhaustion is not rest; rather, it is wholeheartedness.

I’ve been through burnout. In fact, I was dealing with burnout when I first listened to this David Whyte lecture. And it really resonated with me. I began to focus not just on resting my body and mind, but also what I could be wholehearted about.

This blog is the result of that. Having been touched by the New Cosmology, eco-spirituality, and the implications of the Universe Story, I feel a deep need to spread awareness. Through this blog I hope to provide a conduit for information about the New Cosmology to a broader audience. It’s my bit of what Thomas Berry would call the Great Work.

So, this daily discipline of putting a few of my scratchings out in the world is one way I can stay wholehearted.

I’ll leave you with some of David Whyte’s poetry.

Loaves and Fishes

This is not
the age of information.

This is not
the age of information.

Forget the news,
and the radio,
and the blurred screen.

This is the time
of loaves
and fishes.

People are hungry
and one good word is bread
for a thousand.

  — David Whyte
      from The House of Belonging
     ©1996 Many Rivers Press

Have a blessed day, Pope Francis.

Your friend,


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