Fr. Rohr writes of reuniting “head, heart, and body” to be effective in our lives. He suggests (and I agree) that “your heart needs to be broken, and broken open, at least once to have a heart at all or to have a heart for others”. Gee, I hate that for all of us. Yet without pain, how can we enjoy beauty.? Without dark, how would we know how good the light is? How could victory be sweet unless we experienced loss?
Here are the questions posed for chapter two of Breathing Under Water. They are not easy to answer. Neither is being a strong leader. So, get after it.
1. “It takes major surgery…to get head, heart, and body to put down their defenses” (page 9). In what area of your life do you most strongly resist opening up to new ways of being?
2. “To keep the mind space open, we need some form of contemplative or meditation practice” (page 11). How can you begin to be still and just be in the presence of this Higher Power?
3. “I think your heart needs to be broken, and broken open, at least once to have a heart at all or to have a heart for others” (page 12). Think of a time when your heart was broken. How has this led you to greater compassion?
4. “For many of us the body is more repressed and denied than even the mind or the heart” (page 15). When was the last time you touched someone or that someone touched you? What stops you from doing this?
Hard work, indeed…you can do it. Invest the time. Please…