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'Through The Cracks, We Shine' -Afternoon Philosophy

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

I was listening to a NPR blurb about Ping Fu's memoir, Bend, Not Break:
A Life in Two Worlds.

There was a quote that stuck with me rather strongly and I had to look it up so I could share with you.

"I have come to the realization that challenging experiences break us
all at some point -- our bodies and minds, our hearts and egos. When
we put ourselves back together, we find that we are no longer
perfectly straight, but rather bent and cracked. Yet it is through
these cracks that our authenticity shines."

It reminds me of the Hindu goddess, Akhilandeshvari: the Goddess Never-Not-Broken.
Pronounced ah-kee-LAN-desh-va-ree, "Akhilandeshvari" translates as "Never Not Broken." She shows us the power and opportunity of being broken into pieces by heartache, disaster, great fortune, and other life changes and traumas.
However She takes this to the furthest extreme, purposefully keeping Herself broken wide open, allowing Herself to flow with every current, creating and fragmenting and recreating Herself endlessly.

Now I am a Christian, but I believe in gathering wisdom in whatever form it comes to us. There are lessons to be learnt from all peoples and all religions. This goddess and her philosophies where pointed out to me by my boyfriend right after his divorce.
The saying "Never Not Broken" really struck a cord with him.

The idea that instead of expecting to heal perfectly, that we will always be, to some extent broken, but that those breaks can be beneficial spiritually and emotionally, strengthening if you will. That these breaks, or cracks, will allow our truer selves to shine through.

Forgive me now for being a hopeless geek but my thought’s now turn to a quote from
Captain Kirk in Star Trek V: The Final Frontier :
“I don’t want my pain taken away, I need my pain!”

So do I.

Interesting food for thought.
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    I think there's a reason bittersweet music and stories stick with me more. There's something compelling about being broken and continuing to push through. The southern girl in me is reminded of Johnny Cash's version of "Hurt". These broken-bittersweet thoughts make me want to go watch the last few episodes of any series by Joss Whedon.
    1945 days ago
    Loved the blog! Both the quote from Akhilandeshvari and from Ping Fu were awesome. I had heard the quote/story of Akhilandeshvari before, and I always loved it. I like the idea of allowing life to flow through your cracks.

    Thanks for sharing!

    1945 days ago
  • RUDITUDI2000
    I really enjoyed this blog! Had to come back for a second read....Have a great weekend! emoticon
    1946 days ago
    I love that philosophy!

    It also reminds me of Leonard Cohen's Anthem...
    "... ring the bells that still can ring
    forget your perfect offering
    There is a crack in everything
    That's how the light gets in"
    1948 days ago
  • APED7969
    I love that quote from Ping Fu. I might have to read her book after I looked up the info on it
    1948 days ago
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