This is such a sad and beautiful song. This is off Josh Ritter’s album The Beast in its Tracks, named as an homage to Dylan’s similarly inspired post divorce album Blood on the Tracks.
One of the things we talk about in group is having the courage to face our fears instead of running away. Those who run from pain, sadness and difficulty have good reason to do so; an inner death awaits. Cowards have nice stories about why they ran from inner and outer battles, or pretend that they didn’t run after all. They run away to “weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way.”
There are so many ways to be a coward in our culture: so many products, so many meaningless interactions and people making noise to drown out the loneliness and make you feel “good,” so many flashy, pseudo-experiences and blinking technology.
It requires discipline and humility to be guided to discover your courage and bravery. It is a great gift to guide people to deep inner courage and bravery in group and to share what I have learned about facing pain and sadness.
“Sing my death song, and die like a hero going home.”
-Kyle Blue Dolphin King
Dance, when you’re broken open.
Dance, if you’ve torn the bandage off.
Dance in the middle of the fighting.
Dance in your blood.
Dance when you’re perfectly free.
Fear is a great teacher indeed!
Novelist Tom Robbins is one of my favorite people, ever. His books are so wise and funny. Come find some similar people that are also different.
I am so excited for the New Minds Movie Night: Star Wars Episode IV in less than two hours! We’re going to be watching the film and discussing it after around a fire. Should be an amazing time. Movie nights are open to any existing member of New Minds weekly group.
Don’t leave your life un-lived! Go on a quest to be more fully you and more fully alive. The work won’t do itself!