Palmer challenges us to allow our hearts to be broken. That's what I would call "embracing the journey," which is the theme of the retreat I'm leading May 2-4.
Rather than shying away from circumstances that would break our hearts, we can welcome the opportunity to stand in the tragic gap, speaking or just waiting, allowing ourselves to do the deepest soul work, as we wait for the awakening of institutions--our families, as well as churches, schools, health care providers. We need not fear having a broken heart, and our broken hearts need not be irreparably broken into a million pieces.
We can turn our broken hearts into hearts that are more open to the world's hurts. Like many of you, we can turn our sorrows into the greatest joys as we are willing to take in what we need to learn and experience.
Many times in my own life, my heart has been broken. Each time I allow this, rather than fight it, I find the greatest joy rising from what within me has died. What a paradox!