Saturday Replay – this week, I would like to share this wonderful poem from Teacher as Transformer. The idea of these “open spaces” was something we explored in a retreat I was at this weekend. They are so important to foster, both for ourselves and our children/students. Don’t just keep piling on the logs or you are sure to extinguish the fire!

Teacher as Transformer

Judy Brown wrote this poem and it is a gentle reminder of spaces in our lives that softly breath passion back into living. In these spaces, we lightly lay com-passion, integrating it in life and rekindling  passion.

Sabbath is an ongoing event. It is the daily pauses taken to be thankful and momentarily rest. It is meditation and prayer, listening not for certainty and answers, but more likely questions serving as life’s fuel. It is being in Nature and seeing ourselves as a small part of the larger whole.

What makes a fire burn
is space between the logs,
a breathing space.
Too much of a good thing,
too many logs
packed in too tight
can douse the flames
almost as surely
as a pail of water would.

So building fires
requires attention
to the spaces in between,
as much as to the wood.

When we are able to build

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