July 25 in Mark Nepo’s The Book of Awakening

July 25

Cracks of Light

The human soul is to God is as the flower to

the sun; it opens at its approach, and shuts

when it withdraws.

—Benjamin Whichcote

God, like the sun, emanates on all: on the hill exposed in the open, on the plant growing in the window, even on the weed getting cracks of light under the porch. The same source of spirit emanates on our different lives, regardless of our circumstance. Thus our experience and perception of God in the world may be limited and different, may even change, but that doesn’t define or limit the Source.

And though the sun appears to disappear every day, it is the Earth that turns away, causing night. Likewise, when it appears that God is nowhere to be found, it is we, in the turmoil of our lives, who turn away or are turned away and back, again and again.

But unlike weeds that grow under the porch, we can move back into the light.

  • This is a daytime meditation. Sit quietly in your room and watch the light outside move through the trees.
  • After a time, keep breathing deeply, and slowly rise and go outside into the light.
  • Walk directly into a patch of light.
  • Inhale cleanly and feel its warmth all over.
  • Stay there.

The above excerpt is from The Book of Awakening by Mark Nepo.

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