The Wolf You Feed …

Thanks to Tracy Brooks
for finding & sharing this wolf photo at Facebook
which reminded me of the Native American story
told by a grandfather to his grandson
and Pema Chodron’s book, Taking the Leap
inspiring this morning’s labyrinth writing
and this long overdue post.

Click play to listen to me read this piece now:

Click play to listen to me read this piece now:

“As human beings we have the potential to disentangle ourselves from old habits, and the potential to love and care about each other. We have the capacity to wake up and live consciously, but … we also have a strong inclination to stay asleep. It’s as if we are always at a crossroad, continuously choosing which way to go. Moment by moment we can choose to go toward further clarity and happiness or toward confusion and pain.”

Pema Chodron, Taking the Leap
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6 Responses to The Wolf You Feed …

  1. A still point within….yes. That’s exactly what we need in the moment of crisis. I love that you also mentioned GRACE and FAITH in your writing, as those are two words that have come through for me these last few days.

    I continue to admire your labyrinth style of journaling, and I really enjoy the addition of your voice reading these truths aloud.

    Thank you for your authentic spirit and sharing your wisdom. xoxo

    • Virginia says:

      Methinks the time has come for many of us to allow ourselves to write and speak more openly about our faith as a means to bring awareness forth in this seemingly ‘graceless age’ … where so many people speak without listening and rush from one thing to the next without noticing the mysteries or miracles present in each moment and available to us all when we pause, breathe deeply, and allow ourselves to be still. I’m happy to know you’re writing of your own growing awareness at A Heart’s Whisper. I’m happy to know you and be part of your community.
      Hugs and blessings,

  2. cindy moneta says:

    Hi Virginia, here I am again not reading your text or listening to your words b-u-t most definitely reading your visual:-) I can’t tell you how many hours I spent yesterday with your image. I got lost for most of the day much to my dog’s dismay…bringing my interpretiation to your dancing lines and shapes mostly in free verse. Then something magical happened and that too I will share. Just can’t do it right now as I have to take care of all the this’s and that’s that slipped by me yesterday. However, I do want to thank you for gifting me with your visual. It became an invitation for my own personal musings and a heuristic for contemplative practices and creativity.

    One of my practices includes “lectio divina” and following are two sacred passages that came to mind as I looked more carefully at the visual imagery of “The Wolf You Feed…”

    “I am circling around God, around the ancient tower
    and I have been circling for a thousand years,
    and I still don’t know if I am a falcon, or a storm,
    or a great song.” Rainer Maria Rilke
    Pilgrims, says theologian Richard Niebuhr, “are persons in motion, passing through territories not their own, seeking completion or clarity; a goal to which only the spirit’s compass points the way.”
    Sometimes that motion is religious and sometimes secular. Sometimes we design our own journeys and sometimes we follow in the paths of those we revere.
    With love and gratitude for your “paths”
    I do hope this makes some sense:-)

    • Virginia says:

      What a wonderful gift to find your comment this afternoon and learn of how these visual pieces served your own sacred practices. Of course you’re making sense. I appreciate the two passages you shared here and look forward with eager anticipation to you sharing what you created … whenever time permits.
      Hugs and blessings,

      • cindy moneta says:

        Hi Virginia
        I came across the page of my initial rambling, my personal response to the visual of your labyrinth. I share these (and my sketches) with you as insight and process inherent to my own creativity. Thank you for your gift:-)

        Poetic. Downward slope. Enter the womb. Reverse spiral. Further descent. Folding within. Back and forth. A rhythmic flow.
        Organic meanderings. Wondering and wandering. A path. A journey. Starting stopping. Begin again. Subtle motion. Birthing. Dance.
        G-Clef. Fertile womb. A Slip and a slide. Loosen unravel. Here we go loop de loop. Here we go loop de li. Over, under, around and through.
        Inward journey. Unfolding adventure. Opening closing. Clockwise counterclockwise. Uninterrupted currents.
        Beneath the surface, beneath the knowing. Le Point Vierge
        Turning.Embracing. Swelling. Rocking.
        Breathe. Illuminate.
        Resting. Rising. Merging. Releasing.
        Tender. Intimate. Sensuous. Fecund.
        Silent Sacred Surrender

        • Virginia says:

          As I said in this morning’s direct email to you …

          “I’m amazed and deeply touched by all you shared in your sketches and these notations of your personal responses to my labyrinth piece. I cherish your perception and appreciate the insights into your own creative process all the more because so much of my own process seems completely out of my awareness. These pieces I create are not planned by me at all, but rather show up on the page when I sit before the blank page with pen in hand. Others often see images within the pieces that I don’t … until they’re pointed out to me.

          I suspect the less complex examples in the journal you purchased (designed to invite others to experiment with writing the labyrinth as I do) may be of less interest to you as an artist than the more complex pieces I’ve shared on the Labyrinth Journal website and on my Giraffe Journal blog. I invite you to share whatever you see in any of my pieces, whenever you feel moved to do so.

          I sense I have much to learn from you. Thanks so much.”

          I share here for the benefit of others who may be interested, and I look forward to continuing our conversation in email.

          Hugs and blessings,

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