The box . . .

2 12 2016


When I was young, I was given a box.


I played with it;

stepped in and out of it;

became comfortable with it.


One day, why I do not know,

I stepped in and did not leave.

Maybe it was fear personified:

inadequacies perceived;

incompetencies feared;

self-loathing lived.

A provisional assurance held me.

A conditional certainty seduced me.


An unspoken deal was in the making:

Black and white walls of safety in exchange for my vision;

security if I bowed down to fear;

dogmatism for my freedom;

self-worth tethered to established compliance.


The cubed interior became my reality –

The world outside, too threatening;

to Fear, I bowed low.

truth encased in a box –

wearing denial and self-righteousness like they were all the rage.


Living off of fear’s finite energy








Then, abrupt, profound pain blew in like north winds –

a deep chill, tinged with icy old wounds;


optic scales began to fall . . .

Who would of thought pain would be my salvation?


Death loosed “off-limit” questions.

My way of singularity threatened;

rips in my boxed-corners;

binary constructs crumbled;

my small truth deconstructed.


Emptied –

satisfactory answers elusive;

a one-sided deal broken.


Emptied –


Air expended in my limited reality –

slowly dying by Fear’s exhaled poison.


Emptied –

Coming to the end of everything I believed true.

Now, Truth revealed.

Now, an invitation to truly live.


Emptied –

Pain, joy, grief, hope co-existing –

a dualistic mind cannot contain the fullness of the heart;

Paradox’s invitation to authentic living.


Emptied –

Of constructed truth;

Of fear and anxiety’s paralyzing clutter;

Of a contained god;

Of me.


Emptied –

Space for conversation – spirit to Spirit;

between me and you.

Sacred space created.


Emptied –

liberated . . .





4 responses

2 12 2016

Dear Greg,

So beautiful, poignant…words to return to again and again. Thank you.


Amy Bloom Connolly, M.S. . . . bringing mindfulness to life.


2 12 2016

Thanks Amy. Hope you are well.

2 12 2016
Marsha Garrison

The box…, along with your December WBC newsletter piece, Today, really enriched my day, Greg. And I love my print of your photo at the top. I have many names for it, including “the conversation.”

2 12 2016

Hi Marsha. Thanks. Yes. “the conversation” piece always brings good memories of Pendle Hill Retreat Center where these chairs stand. Hope all is well.

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