Setting an intention

We look with uncertainty
by Anne Hillman

We look with uncertainty
beyond the old choices for
clear-cut answers
to a softer, more permeable aliveness
which is every moment
at the brink of death;
for something new is being born in us
if we but let it.
We stand at a new doorway,
awaiting that which comes…
daring to be human creatures,
vulnerable to the beauty of existence.
Learning to love.


  • How can I let go of my need for fixed answers in favor of aliveness?
  • What is my next challenge in daring to be human?
  • How can I open myself to the beauty of nature and human nature?
  • Who or what do I need to learn to love next? And next? And next?
  • What is the new creation that wants to be born in and through me?

Parker J. Palmer

I read the above poem and questions in an article written by Parker J. Palmer on January 1st. I still have them up on my desktop. I read them and tears still fill my eyes today, a sure sign they are important for me. I get signs fairly regularly and I am a really good at only noticing them for a day or two and then forgetting about them. That these are still with me 2 weeks later has me taking notice.

Certain phrases “a softer, more permeable aliveness” and “daring to be human” strike a deep cord within. You see I have always spent a lot of time trying to not be perceived as soft, and yes for me, human equals soft and that equals danger. (I am more than happy for everyone else to be human, to be soft. But me, not so much.) The last couple of years has been a daily practice of trying to pretend I am not human, that I am above pain, above hurt, and most of all above letting anyone know how deeply pain and hurt were present in my life.

Shifting this pattern of living seems like it may well take more than a year, but it sure will take longer if I don’t start.

I have learned setting intentions is powerful and magical work. With that in mind –

May each breath expand and soften the chains that surround my heart
May the warmth of the sun open me to beauty
May I dare to feel enough to cry
May I trust what my body has to teach me

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One thought on “Setting an intention

  1. Paulita January 16, 2015

    “May I trust what my body has to teach me.” So mote it be. <3


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