Thursday, October 18, 2012

Twitch of Patterning - Mark Nepo

"It seems our ability to be authentic and free can't touch us until we breathe our way below the twitch of our patterning. Often, this requires outlasting the anxiety of needing to catch or fix what comes our way, so we can truly respond from the center of our being. 

There is, after all, a difference between helping someone because if you don't you will lose their love or some sense of your own image as a caring person, and helping someone because your impulse of heart moves you to their aid. 

 We are, each of us, in a repeatable war between defending ourselves from hurts that happened long ago and opening in innocence, again and again, to the unexpected touch of life." 

~ Mark Nepo, The Book of Awakening


  1. Just found your blog this week and am enjoying your posts!


  2. Susannah10:29 AM

    YAY! So glad you found it and like it! Thanks!

  3. Saw you blog on FB that someone posted. Love it.

  4. The middle paragraph expresses the difference so very well; I was trying to describe this variant to someone a few years ago and made a muddled mess of it -- oh, if only I had read Nepo's lovely simple explanation... :-) But, of course, that was then and this is now and, what I was expressing then was simply all the words I had in that moment ... and it had to be enough. ;-)