The Courage to Be
Saturday, December 2
Christ Church, Short Hills
At the end of the road, there is always a mirror ~Nick Waigrow,‘Paranoid’
Courage can be a bold act of bravery; it can also be the quieter act of being present, of being honest with what is and with who we are. David Whyte tells us that:
We become courageous whenever we live closely and to the point of tears with any new possibility made known inside us, whenever we demonstrate a faith in the interior annunciations and align ourselves with the new and surprising and heartfelt necessities of even the average existence. To allow ourselves to feel deeply and thoroughly what has already come into being is to change our future.
We will contend with David Whyte’s essay and then look at how some poets depict courage: the courage to wait for renewal and rebirth; the courage to lament, as full-throatedly as the Psalmist; the courage to be intimate with the place we are in and the life we have; the courage to be in a dangerous situation and maintain exquisite awareness. We will have periods for mindfulness, music and poetry readings by the likes of Hoagland, Wiman, Waggoner, Rilke and Komunyakaa.
Tim O’Connell, Ph.D., is a psychotherapist in Livingston who takes a transpersonal approach.