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“The Wound is the Place where the Light Enters You”…

Rumi pottery-1On Sunday evening thirty of us, including our friends from the Oakland East Bay Gay Men’s chorus, gathered here at Skyline to hold a vigil for the Orlando victims. Not only was it Father’s Day, but it was Game 7 of the NBA finals. In hindsight, we never imagined the series would run 7 games given the Warrior’s commanding lead just a week earlier.

After the vigil, we drove down the hill into Oakland. Without turning on the radio or looking at our cell phones for updates, we sensed it… in the quietness of the evening. The Warriors had lost to the Cavaliers.  I sensed that we needed to hold another vigil for Oakland.

In the absence of a vigil for Oakland, I am leaving you with this quote from 13th century Persian poet and Sufi master, Rumi; and also this hysterically funny graduation video, featuring a talented eight- grader, Jack Aiello, who imitated the presidential candidates for this year, that was featured on last Friday’s PBS Newshour.  It’s only 4 minutes!  Enjoy!


Your task is not to seek love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.
The wound is the place where the Light enters you.

Kintsukuroi – “to repair with gold”  the art of repairing pottery with gold or silver lacquer and understanding that the piece is more beautiful for having been broken.  Anna L., who brought the idea of kintsukuroi to my attention, sends us this article on kintsukuroi.

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