“Often, those most willing to condemn the actions of others have long lost touch with their own essence; otherwise, they would have more compassion and understanding.” — Michael Meade
What if, whenever someone judges others,
tries and convicts, condemns them in one sweeping glance,
I stand unflinching and hear their true cry for help?
What if I could simply be a mirror,
letting the missiles they fire
slide off me like water?
There is no healing in reaction,
and those in pain sometimes have the most exquisitely
honed aim, designed to keep
potential allies and rescue workers
cringing in their own discomfort.
What will it take for me to stand raw,
Thank you for delivering
this distressing lesson;
for your courage
to keep your soul mission dominant
even when calling me to wake
involves injecting poison.
Thank you for believing in my strength
to administer the antidote —
the heart-opening, mind-clearing compassion
for the path both of us are taking
in this very present moment.