This post quotes Mark Nepo’s lovely book, The Book of Awakening, which has a reading for each day of the year.

The reading for May 2 starts with this:

Live in your hands
and your mind will learn
to bow like a root.

Nepo’s friend had studied in depth the heart and the mind and the give/take and push/pull between them. A very old sage’s last instructions to her were to “Live in your hands.”

His friend, who didn’t know anything about stonework, found herself building a stone chapel, the chapel that had been waiting in her heart.

Another friend must touch flowers she sees. He watches and notices that doing this opens her a little further.

“To live in our hands humbles our mind into accepting something other than itself. It is how we heal each other and ourselves. We call come alive through a Braille of heart.”

This speaks to me so deeply. I work with my hands. I didn’t used to. When I work, I live in them. I am so much more alive and connected to life than I was.

Go touch some flowers. Give someone a foot or neck massage. Connect your hands to a tree. Or just close your eyes and pay attention to your hands’ sensations.

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