We’re familiar with the feelings of anger, sadness
fear and joy. We’re willing to at least acknowledge
that these feelings exist, if not in us, then somewhere,
in somebody. One or more of them may be somewhat
familiar to you. However, one feeling tends to live
anonymously – touched and moved.
What is this feeling of touched and moved? We see or
hear of some tenderness, some act of care offered just
because it’s the thing to do. Some unsolicitous regard
touches and disturbs our hearts. Possibly, the disturbance
of a sleeping heart, convinced there’s no reason to be
awake, until roused out of an extended slumber.
You are likely moved and lifted out of the grip of some
cynicism or resentment. A disturbed heart wrestles its
way free from some contraction due to hurt or fear. It
is aroused toward a greater opening. Maybe just for the
moment, there is a renewed faith, a belief that some
measure of light is inevitable.
You are reminded of the sleeping heart, not expecting
some warm welcome, or to be seen and appreciated.
Then, without notice, you are touched and moved by
another’s gaze, holding an enduring gladness for your
presence. Your heart once again recalls the way of
belonging, a way that can easily rest near solitude.
Let yourself become the one who is touched and
moved, learning to live with a heart that rejoices
in its arousal. Life comes to know you as the one
waiting to be aroused and in that disturbance,
you come to know an abiding unity with life.
Separateness now lives in a quieter place.