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.