Jul 232014
 
Artwork by Daria Petrilli

Artwork by Daria Petrilli

In the end, so much of the conflict we feel in our hearts is because we’ve split ourselves off from the very life we are living. We partition ourselves from the things with which we are at odds, treating them as unbelonging even as we live them. We vaguely imagine some other place, some better job, some other lover – but the irony is that so much of what makes us unhappy is our own rejection of the life we have made. Eventually we must take our life into our arms and call it our own. We must look at it squarely with all its unbecoming qualities and find a way to love it anyway. Only from that complete embrace can a life begin to grow into what it is meant to become.

Excerpted from the upcoming book “On Belonging” © Toko-pa Turner 2014

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  7 Responses to “The Unsplit-off Life”

  1. So helpful to hear this today. I feel it is such an important, often grueling job simply to be in me, in my place, in my life, in my family, in my dreams. To embrace them and let them fly. Not as easy as poetry, but definitely as graceful, once the full process takes its course.

  2. WoW…says it all for me. Thank You.

  3. At this very moment as I read this, I am anxious about something that is taking place that muddies the water for me, and this post, causes me to take pause and try to live the life I am living…..I feel like fighting…but I know this too shall pass. Thank you Toko-Pa

  4. Aaah, Toko-pa, so true, as always! I feel this is a hard part, especially as we reject those aspects of ourselves so easily…

  5. Such deep insights, you bless others with your ability to see and feel truth, that resonates for us all. Look forward to your book.

  6. Toko-pa, I am so deeply excited and pleased that you are writing a book. To dive into that wealth of wisdom and have hours to do so is a delightful prospect …

  7. Perfectly described! Especially… “Eventually we must take our life into our arms and call it our own. We must look at it squarely with all its unbecoming qualities and find a way to love it anyway. Only from that complete embrace can a life begin to grow into what it is meant to become.”

    Thankyouu 🙂

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