Forget about Enlightenment

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by John Welwood

 

Forget about enlightenment.
Sit down wherever you are
And listen to the wind singing in your veins.
Feel the love, the longing, and the fear in your bones.
Open your heart to who you are, right now,
Not who you would like to be.
Not the saint you’re striving to become.
But the being right here before you, inside you, around you.
All of you is holy.
You’re already more and less 
Than whatever you can know.
Breathe out, touch in, let go.

John Welwood is a psychotherapist, teacher, and author, and a pioneer in integrating psychological and spiritual work. His books include:  Journey of the Heart: The Path of Conscious LoveToward a Psychology of AwakeningLove and Awakening, and Perfect Love, Imperfect Relationships: Healing the Wound of the Heart.

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