Come away

         He said to them, “Come away
         to a deserted place all by yourselves
         and rest a while.”
                   —Mark 6.31

Come away.
The world will turn without you.
Let go of the “have to,” the should, the ought.

Notice what you set down:
the weight of expectations,
the feeling of proving yourself to yourself.
Notice how you feel, unburdened:
At peace? Anxious? Free? Afraid?
Waiting for the gavel to drop? Notice…

What if it’s OK?
It’s OK.

Practice this sabbath exercise,
this holy desertion
so you may take it with you into the crowd.

You honor what is in your hands
only if you hold it lightly.

Come away to the place of solitude
where you already are,
waiting for you.

Steve Garnaas-Holmes
Unfolding Light

July 14, 2021

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