Abundance and Availability

I love this time of year, for one reason, because of the tomato harvest from my backyard garden. They just keep coming as the later summer and early fall sun offers ripening each day. The littlest that look like cherry tomatoes are actually “Roma.” Noticeably packed with flavor and great for snacking.

I also love this poem below, by David Whyte, and shared recently by a Fire & Water Participant. The poem speaks to me of an orientation in life, of availability and abundance.

Just like my backyard tomatoes do.



Everything Is Waiting for You
David Whyte

Your great mistake is to act the drama
as if you were alone. As if life
were a progressive and cunning crime
with no witness to the tiny hidden
transgressions. To feel abandoned is to deny
the intimacy of your surroundings. Surely,
even you, at times, have felt the grand array;
the swelling presence, and the chorus, crowding
out your solo voice. You must note
the way the soap dish enables you,
or the window latch grants you freedom.
Alertness is the hidden discipline of familiarity.
The stairs are your mentor of things
to come, the doors have always been there
to frighten you and invite you,
and the tiny speaker in the phone
is your dream-ladder to divinity.

Put down the weight of your aloneness and ease into
the conversation. The kettle is singing even as it pours you a drink, the cooking pots have left their arrogant aloofness and
seen the good in you at last. All the birds
and creatures of the world are unutterably
themselves. Everything is waiting for you.


The Heart Aroused


David Whyte remains close to me these days.

I’m not sure why. I find myself remembering, out of the blue, phrases and statements attributed to him. Like yesterday’s, “The antidote to exhaustion is wholeheartedness.” Or, “Sometimes the truth depends on a walk around the lake.”

Many of these phrases came to me many years ago. I’m in a period of searching, I think. Like many of us. A few layers down, even beyond the normal depth. Trolling the deep sea crevices. Periodically popping up for periscope view.

I don’t know David in person. I know and enjoy his writings and poetry. I have for the last twenty-five years. I love his invitation to both the exterior and to the interior.

In his 1994 book, The Heart Aroused, Whyte writes:

“The Heart Aroused attempts to keep what is tried and true, good and efficient, at the center of our present work life, while opening ourselves to a mature appreciation of the hidden and often dangerous inner seas where our passions and our creativity lie waiting.”

With most all of the people I’m working with, and living with, and communing with — these days, together, we are welcoming more heartfulness. More maturity. More willingness to sail the inner sea.

With work, it can’t just be a training. It must also be a retreat. It’s intolerable to fixate solely on the external.
With friends, we are quickly going to the rugged real, swearing and laughing together.
With community, it can’t just be time spent. It must also be genuineness as practice and at scale.

So many of us crave moments that are clear in connection, and with nothing hidden.

Heart. Aroused.
Humans. Being.
It makes a world of difference.

Working Together — David Whyte

Thanks Bill Muhr, for reminding me of this poem last week. David Whyte, as he usually does, highlights this relationship between the visible and invisible, which I found myself thinking about much on the weekend.



We shape our self
to fit this world

and by the world
are shaped again.

The visible
and the invisible

working together
in common cause,

to produce
the miraculous.

I am thinking of the way
the intangible air

passed at speed
round a shaped wing

holds our weight.

So may we, in this life

to those elements
we have yet to see

or imagine,
and look for the true

shape of our own self,
by forming it well

to the great
intangibles about us.

— David Whyte
from The House of Belonging
©1996 Many Rivers Press