"We're all just walking each other home." - - Ram Dass

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Intertwined ~ Guest Posting at IP

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"mama, why do we have these?" my son asks lifting his shirt and running a finger over his belly button.

i explained that through it mama was able to keep him fed, keep him growing, sustained life deep within.

"but why do we have to keep them? aren't we done with them now?"

and in an instant, those eyes, wise beyond his five years and all of mine combined, got me to see something i had missed all this time -

artwork by my dear one: janae

our very bodies bear the mark of our interdependence.

permanently pressed into our skin is the sign that we belong to one another,

that without clinging to another for substance, we would have never tasted the way the air is sweet from the fresh pines and bitter with rich dirt after a spring rain.

that while we were still being woven, we were being brought into the very belly
of humanity.

that life can only come from the dark shadows formed in mystery and grace.
we were made to bend, to carry, to hold one another.

we were not made alone, nor, of our own strength.

we were made to feed and to eat
to nourish and to grow
to sustain and to receive

and to this cycle we keep repeating. we are folded back into each other. into our making.

through it we are able to tap into the majesty of our spiritual selves,
and feel the pain of being but dust in our depravity.

we, in our most broken and most holy of ways, are all one. intertwined.

so rest back into the womb that holds us all. feel our tie to the deep.

 draw life through our shared cord of love and strength.

{also, hanging out on the yeah write hangout grid}


  1. LOVE this. So very true and so very beautiful.

  2. Well said, Tara.
    Profound truth wrapped up in a child's question.

    Absolutely stunning post.

  3. I love the way our children sometimes lead us to our most profound realizations. This was a lovely thought, Tara, and beautifully said.

  4. Oh my goodness! I loved this. Your way with words is just astounding, Tara.

    (By the way, I replied to you on my blog, but I forgot to hit the reply button to your comment, so it's just underneath. I say this because my response can't reach you if I don't hit 'reply'. Wow, that was long-winded.:))

  5. This is really beautiful.We are connected and weren't meant to live life alone, well said.

  6. Oh, Tara, I LOVE that he asked. I love how you answered. I'll never look at my belly button the same again! Blessings to you today.

  7. Writing is finding inspiration in the day to day, in little moments, in the beauty of the ordinary. You do that, Tara. This was lovely, beautifully written, and just altogether awesome. Sometimes a child's question absolutely blows me away. They're so much wiser than we are sometimes, aren't they?

    I love the thought that we are all connected, that we are all one.


  8. I read this on Tuesday, I think. It's been with me ever since and I hope to never put it down...I love how a moment with your child turned into such a thoughtful and beautiful analogy of our connectedness.

    "so rest back into the womb that holds us all. feel our tie to the deep." <<my, my, my. There are no words.