what to remember when waking ~david whyte

In that first
hardly noticed
moment
in which you wake,
coming back
to this life
from the other
more secret,
moveable
and frighteningly
honest world
there is a small opening
into the new day
which closes
the moment
you begin
your plans.

What you can plan
is too small
for you to live.

What you can live
wholeheartedly
will make plans
enough
for the vitality
hidden in your sleep.

To be human
is to become visible
while carrying
what is hidden
as a gift to others.

To remember
the other world
in this world
is to live in your
true inheritance.

You are not
a troubled guest
on this earth,
you are not
an accident
amidst other accidents
you were invited
from another and greater
night
than the one
from which
you have just emerged.

Now, looking through
the slanting light
of the morning
window toward
the mountain
presence
of everything
that can be,
what urgency
calls you to your
one love? What shape
waits in the seed
of you to grow
and spread
its branches
against a future sky?

Is it waiting
in the fertile sea?
In the trees
beyond the house?
In the life
you can imagine
for yourself?
In the open
and lovely
white page
on the waiting desk?

~David Whyte, from
The House of Belonging

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2 thoughts on “what to remember when waking ~david whyte

  1. The lines that really struck me are:

    What you can plan
    is too small
    for you to live.

    What you can live
    wholeheartedly
    will make plans
    enough
    for the vitality
    hidden in your sleep.

    This has been one of my challenges the last couple of years…allowing myself to be led by my intuition/heart instead of trying to “figure out” what to do and “make” things happen, even when they don’t feel right. Not surprisingly, since I decided to “let go and let god” a few months back, unexpected opportunities have been appearing….

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