Inside out

         Those who want to save their life will lose it,
         and those who lose their life for my sake,
         and for the sake of the gospel, will save it.
                   —Mark 8.35

Enclosed in the nut of myself,
         inside the hard shell,
                  I am a dead seed. A stone.

Live inside-out,
         lose the shell, give away the seed,
                  and life begins.


True life is to be in the Beloved.
         To be in the Beloved is to be in love.
                  To be in love one forgets oneself.

Losing one’s self,
         one’s self-selved self,
                  one enters the Beloved’s self,

eternal, blissful, even in struggle,
         and—how can I tell you this?—
                  really, really alive.

Steve Garnaas-Holmes
Unfolding Light

February 25, 2021

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