Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Broken Hearts


I apologize sincerely for not staying on top of my "Sikh Leaders" idea. It's so difficult to a) find information, and b) put that information into my own words so as not to plagiarize! I think I will put this project off until the summer.

In the meantime, I wanted to share this vignette with you. It is particularly meaningful to me and helps me in times of hopelessness. I believe that each of us can learn from all people, all faiths, and all cultures, and I hope both Sikhs and non-Sikhs reading this too can learn something from my humble journey.

A disciple asks the rebbe, "Why does the Torah tell us to 'place these words upon your hearts'? Why does it not tell us to place these holy words in our hearts?"

The rebbe answers, "It is because as we are, our hearts are closed, and we cannot place the holy words in our hearts. So we place them on top of our hearts. And there they stay until, one day, the heart breaks and the words fall in."

-- Parker J. Palmer, The Politics of the Brokenhearted
PS - This story is also found in the book Broken: My Story of Addiction and Redemption, by William Cope Myers - an excellent read.

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