Reading by Liz Helgesen (Download file)
So many portals to you
Hindu, Jew, Sufi, Sikh,
artist, lover, dancer, explorer, peace-warrior.
Children, strangely familiar,
are rushing up to greet and initiate you.
Joyful ravens are singing you
their call and response from scattered trees,
while humming humming birds dart through the bushes below.
A mystic moon facing your face is fading into morning.
Run with the wind into places unknown to you
where fantastic fungi and trembling ferns and wild lilies
are weaving exuberant streams
for you to ride on, into the heart of wildness.
When a too predictable life has become stale and tired:
Run with the unexpected.
Learn the secret.
Keep your promises,
the sacred ones,
to those you love,
those who trust and depend on you,
Break your promises,
the other ones,
the habit-threads you’ve woven
into the net that has caught you.
Run with the unexpected!
Aryae Coopersmith co-founded the House of Love and Prayer in 1968 with Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, and is ordained as a Jewish spiritual teacher. He is the author of Holy Beggars.
SEED QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION: What does running with the unexpected mean to you? Can you share a personal story of a time you were able to run with the wind and embrace the unknown? What helps you distinguish between sacred promises and habit-thread promises?