Strong Back, Soft Front

Crabs Near the Water's Edge - a woodblock print by Yashima Gakutei, 1830

All too often our so-called strength comes from fear not love; instead of having a strong back, many of us have a defended front shielding a weak spine. In other words, we walk around brittle and defensive, trying to conceal our lack of confidence. If we strengthen our backs, metaphorically speaking, and develop a spine that’s flexible but sturdy, then we can risk having a front that’s soft and open, representing choiceless compassion. The place in your body where these two meet — strong back and soft front — is the brave, tender ground in which to root our caring deeply.

Roshi Joan Halifax

Happy new moon in Cancer, lovers. Tonight’s New Moon Gathering will be the last for awhile, at least until September, as I’ll be traveling and prepping some new offerings. Hope to see you in the circle.🙏

*Crabs Near the Water’s Edge – woodblock by Yashima Gakutei, 1830

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