Lyda here. My beautiful and wise friend Irish Beauty sent me this.
The third journey–the Journey in God–is the same in both the Sufi tradition and the path-of-food version: In this journey, you end the search for more and better… you slowly realize that you are already whole and that there is no test to pass, no race to finish: even pain becomes another doorway, another chance to recognize where love appears to be absent.*
The real holiness is not in what you achieve or eat or weigh. And… you will discover that God has been here all along. In the sorrow of every ending, in the rapture of every beginning. In the noise and in the stillness, in the upheavals and in the rafts of peace. In each moment of kindness you lavish upon your breaking heart or the size of your thighs, with each breath you take–God has been here. She is you.
Excerpts from pages 198-201
* Note that love only “appears to be” absent.
Somehow she always knows exactly what to send me and exactly when to send it.
Today, as I apply ice to a few bruised and battered parts of my body, I am thinking “even pain is another doorway.”