11 September 2006

My mom sent me this in an email today. I think it's important that we realize that dying is a part of living. The mourning is for the loss of the person we loved, not for the fact that they have moved to a better place.

Then Almitra spoke, saying, We would ask now of death.

And he said:

You would know the secret of death. But how shall you find it unless you seek it in the heath of life? The owl whose night-bound eyes are blind unto the day cannot unveil the mystery of light. If you would indeed behold the spirit of death, open your heart wide unto the body of life. For life and death are one, even as the river and sea are one.

In the depth of your hopes and desires lies your silent knowledge of the beyond; and like seeds dreaming beneath the snow your heart dreams of spring. Trust the dreams, for in them is hidden the gate to eternity.

Your fear of death is but the trembling of the shepherd when he stands before the king whose hand is to be laid upon him in honor. Is the shepherd not joyful beneath his trembling, that he shall wear the mark of the king? Yet is he not more mindful of his trembling?

For what is it to die but to stand naked in the wind and to melt into the sun? And what is it to cease breathing, but to free the breath from its restless tides, that it may rise and expand and seek God unencumbered?

Only when you drink from the river of silence shall you indeed sing. And when you have reached the mountain top, then you shall begin to climb. And when the earth shall claim your limbs, then shall you truly dance.

The Prophet
Kahlil Gibran
Walker & Company
Phoenix Press, 1923

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2 Comments:

Anonymous Scott said...

Sorry to hear about your Grandma. How are you doing? Little Scott's mom passed away a month ago. We made it back to Michigan in time but when we got there she was unresponsive. She passed away the next day.

12 September, 2006 18:24  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kate,
whats new with you and brian? no post for a while. update us all please!

12 December, 2006 09:12  

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