Gracious

Gracious, Darrell Calkins CobaltSaffron blog, Israel seminar

Here’s a little bridge between my last post and the upcoming workshop in Israel I’ll be leading in a couple weeks. Perhaps it’s interesting for those who follow, consciously or not, the various interweaving threads of themes that we can sometimes perceive in the timing and placement of events around us.

I like this conversation for a lot of reasons. Some for the range and intelligence in subjects touched upon. But mostly for the overflowing humanness in presence and engagement — humbleness, kindness, wit and uplifting humor, genuine affection and respect, and personal authenticity. Graciousness. It’s an excellent example of what I’ve referred to on this blog and elsewhere as “a real conversation.”

A few phrases I’m particularly fond of, that just naturally show up in a basically casual, enjoyable conversation…

“I’ve found it’s best not to name a relationship.”

“I don’t recommend this as a spiritual exercise. But if it does happen to you, a lot of important information is delivered to your heart.”

“First of all there was the psychic catastrophe, when the contract between people began to disintegrate.”

“The real weapons of mass destruction are the hardened hearts of humanity.”

“I recognize, in a fraternal sense, that a course correction is urgent and indicated.”

“There are times in our history when we have found the ability to change, in very significant ways, as a result of hope and by projecting our moral imagination into the future.”

“Just read your blog and absolutely love this. So much packed into a ten minute conversation, which just reminds me how much you can make happen in such a brief time if your heart and mind are rising, meeting the demands and possibilities of a real moment.

I love that new quote on your website homepage too. ‘It’s not as if the doors to these enchantments aren’t constantly opening throughout each and every day of our lives.’ This idea that mystery is always around us, that the doors to these enchantments are always there just around the corner if one is wakeful enough to engage life in a more intimate and childlike way…wholeheartedly into whatever is most compelling!

Just wanted to say these made my day. Thank you.”

Glad you like these, and thank you for your enthusiastic comment.