Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Kotzk: “There is nothing so whole as a broken heart.”
Our hearts are broken open and everything that was hidden comes pouring out.
First comes our anger and resentment,
Then our fear and anxiety,
Then our hurt and the grief.
And just when we think it’s done and we are injured and dying
Out pour our cries for connection,
Then our gifts of atonement,
Then our kindnesses and our hopes.
The feelings are deep and obvious.
We are exposed to the world.
And if we pay attention we will see
That here we are,
Ready to love and be loved.
Blessed Mystery, Breath of the Universe,
Giving us struggle,
Helping us survive.
So that we may be ready.
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