6/01/2006

Un-Comfortably Numb

There's wisdom there in Joy Harjo's words...then again, I usually find wisdom in Joy's words, so it's really not surprising.

But there were a few things that struck me about this entry - about how being human is a creative art and how sometimes the creativity required to be a human-in-change is overwhelming, that we need something to help us get past our Stuckness, which is really a tension between our resistance to change, our fear that we lack the strength to change and the inevitiblity of change/growth.

Joy speaks of her own weakness at human-making, self-making, creatively approaching Beingness, yet is grateful for the graces in her life - nesting birds, good stories, jokes, and other beautiful, seemingly transient things.

Which brought me back to more Barry Lopez who wrote the introduction to the Best American Spiritual Writing 2005. He spoke of reverence as being the hallmark of spiritual writing, a reverence that puts things back into perspective, where growth/change is part of living which then put in mind of Chie's column in Haruah.

My mind wanders...

Stories..with characters who are somehow stuck, who find reverence for change, while defeating an ancient evil, or at least keeping it at bay. Allowing for choice, which is freedom after all. 'Cause we all need to know we're growing.

Yep...so what's the sticking point for my character?

1 comment:

rcloenen-ruiz said...

Stories..with characters who are somehow stuck, who find reverence for change, while defeating an ancient evil, or at least keeping it at bay. Allowing for choice, which is freedom after all. 'Cause we all need to know we're growing.

So true, Bec. Thanks for sharing this.