Our Longings Are Innocent

by Aly Hazlewood on July 16, 2017

 

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Artwork - Christian Schloevery

With the exception of a very small minority, I believe our longings are innocent, our desires life affirming.

Of course it’s also true that craving is the cause of much suffering. So whilst it’s prudent not to buy into it too much, not to lend too much weight to the ‘stories’ of longing and desire, don’t let anyone shame or gaslight you out of your longing to be seen, heard, celebrated and loved. Or your grief-stricken desire for our Mother Earth to be honoured.

Sure, this might all be a dream-like play of existence, but we’ve been gifted these body-minds, these human suits for a few brief, sweet moments. Your longing makes you exquisitely human. Perhaps they’ve mastered depersonalisation in another galaxy, but it just doesn’t seem to work that way here.

I want you to know that I feel great tenderness towards your yearnings. Your willingness to feel is an act of inconceivable valour in a world bent on numbing out. I see you.

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