Saturday, December 13, 2014

Healers, therapists, friends, and lovers!



When you sit with a friend in pain,
when their world no longer makes sense;
when confusion rages and
no rest is to be found.

Just for a moment,
will you resist the temptation
to make things better,
to reassure them,
to provide answers,
even to heal them?

Will you offer your stillness, your listening,
your presence, and the warmth
of your immediacy?

Will you hold them in your heart,
with the same tenderness
of a mother holding her little one?

Will you embrace them where they are,
without needing them to change or transform
according to your own needs and schedule?

Will you stay close,
holding your own impatience
and discomfort near?
Will you look into their eyes
and see yourself?

Will you stay in the inferno of healing
with them, trusting in disintegration,
knowing that you are only witnessing
the falling away of an old dream?

Sometimes in doing nothing
everything is undone,
and love is revealed to be
the only true medicine.

- Matt Licata and Jeff Foster

Jeff and Matt will be holding an immersive 5-day retreat in April at the lovely Sunrise Ranch in Loveland, Colorado – FALLING IN LOVE WITH WHERE YOU ARE: Mindfulness, Presence and Heartbreak on the Courageous Path of Spiritual Awakening. This is Jeff and Matt's only retreat in America over the next six months and with five months to go is over half full. More info here.

They will also be offering a daylong workshop at the glorious StarHouse in the mountains outside Boulder, CO on March 28 (bit.ly/1zdgxAY) and weekend programs in London June 6-17 (details on London TBA soon). The StarHouse has a maximum capacity of 150 participants and sold out over the summer; so please register sooner than later if you wish to attend. We don't like turning our sweet friends away :(  <3


3 comments:

  1. Dear Jeff, I am reposting this poem with a link to your site today in my website. Please let me know if you approve. I will remove it if you wish. Thank you for your inspiration. xo Suzi

    http://laundrylinedivine.com/8734/upside-of-dark-side-difficult-riches/

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    1. OOOOO that I could grab this back! Matt. I know this is you. I have Jeff's name in my mind about the poem. Again, let me know if you'd rather I didn't repost.

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    2. Dear Suzi, you are welcome to reprint this poem. It was co-authored by Jeff and I :) love, Matt

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