A Hidden Wholeness

Thinking about the spiritual discipline of solitude and silence (as nurturing our souls) I came across this passage:

The soul is like a wild animal- tough, resilient, resourceful, savvy, self-sufficient.  It knows how to survive in hard places.  But it is also shy.  Just like a wild animal, it seeks safety in the dense underbrush.  If we want to see a wild animal, we know that the last thing we should do is go crashing through the woods yelling for it to come out.  But if we walk quietly into the woods, sit patiently by the base of the tree, and fade into our surroundings, the wild animal we seek might put in an appearance.               -Parker Palmer, A Hidden Wholeness

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