Sunday Best – August 28, 2106

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I live my life in widening circles…

This is one of my favorite Rilke poems, and the translation by Joanna Macy is especially wonderful:

I live my life in widening circles
that reach out across the world.
I may not complete this last one
but I give myself to it.

I circle around God, around the primordial tower.
I’ve been circling for thousands of years
and I still don’t know: am I a falcon,
a storm, or a great song?


This translation was featured in a recent OnBeing episode, a long and illuminating conversation between host Krista Tippett (author of the great recent release, Becoming Wise) and Macy.

As I listened to their conversation, I was transported back to the retreat I attended with Joanna a couple of years ago, where I began to learn that full-fledged joy requires us to also tiptoe towards our own grief. Ooof. That’s when the notion of widening circles first pulled me in.

In these times when so much seems divided and silo-ed, both within and without, this image from Rilke (and from Macy) brings both comfort and inspiration. May we all live our lives in widening circles, reconnecting the elements we’ve falsely held apart.


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