Breaking through


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Mark Nepo inspired me today with his August 5 reading from The Book of Awakening: Having the Life You Want by Being Present to the Live You Have. In this world where the phrase ‘change is the only constant’ seems every so fitting, his piece about the chick being born resonated.

“When in the midst of great change, it is helpful to remember how a chick is born. From the view of the chick, it is a terrifying struggle. Confined and curled in a dark shell, half-formed, the chick eats all its food and stretches to the contours of its shell. It begins to feel hungry and cramped. Eventually, the chick begins to starve and feels suffocated by the ever-shrinking space of its world.

Finally, its own growth beings to crack the shell, and the world as the chick knows it is coming to an end. Its sky is falling. As the chick wiggles through the cracks, it begins to eat its shell. In that moment – growing but fragile, starving and cramped, its world breaking – the chick must feel like it is dying. Yet once everything it has relied on falls away, the chick is born. It doesn’t die, but falls into a new world.

When faced with great change – in self, in relationships, in our sense of calling – we somehow must take in all that has enclosed us, nurtured us, incubated us, so when the new life is upon us, the old is within us.

I really like this perspective and how it invites holding the old within the new. Here’s to whatever transformation you are experiencing.

2 thoughts on “Breaking through

  1. I also like this perspective Vicki. It’s about letting go of what no longer fits and letting come whatever wants to be born. This can be a struggle, and practicing mindfulness eases the transformation, I think.

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