Recently I was listening to a conversation between journalist, author and entrepreneur Krista Tippett and poet David Whyte, and amongst many of the thoughts expressed, one statement flung itself into my soul where it lies in all its wonder, yet to be fully comprehended. ' A beautiful question, brings a beautiful answer'.
David Whyte writes in his poem Start Close In ….Start close in, don't take the second step or the third, start with the first thing close in, the step you don't want to take.
There are things we don't want to hear; especially if they are personal. Yet I find as I continue my journey, as painful as it's been at times, I am learning to embrace the difficult truths about myself, while acknowledging my strengths and practicing self compassion. Knowledge and acceptance, leads to a conversation, to healing, renewed vision, and an ability to wisely create.
David Whyte’s poem continues, ‘Start with the ground you know, the pale ground beneath your feet, your own way to begin a conversation. Start with your own question, give up on other people's questions, don't let them smother something simple’.
So I'm beginning a conversation with myself; I'm starting with the ground I know, the pale ground beneath my feet. Embracing a beautiful question.
There has been an ever changing and shifting surface beneath my feet during the last few years; a season in which I’ve been searching for my Turangawaewae, a place to be; a landscape that is mine.
As the beautiful Irish blessing puts it, the ground has gently risen to meet me. Gradually, I have felt the steadying of my feet and the restoring of rhythm to my days. As the ground beneath me remains in its pale form, still questioning and tentative, I am treading it lightly.
I am searching for that beautiful question, the one which will bring a beautiful answer. Beginning the conversation only I can begin. Asking the questions of myself, only I can ask. Attuning my ear to the sound, allowing my senses to lead me, and wisdom to guide me.
I’m starting close in, taking the step I don't want to take. And in this, I am finding my place to stand. A place to inhabit. A space to share with others.
Photography - Libby Moon