Work is love made visible

by Christina on February 27, 2012

Sunday night Yoga to the People with my co-intern… fantastic way to end my staycation.

We both started heavy with the dread and anticipation of starting up a new rotation tomorrow. The class was exactly what we needed: in a huge old warehouse packed with people and mats, a setting sun through the windows, great music in the background, and a teacher telling us how to move and when to breathe.

She ended the class with a quote from this Kahlil Gibran passage, perfectly relevant for us:

On Work

You work that you may keep pace with the earth and the soul of the earth.
For to be idle is to become a stranger unto the seasons,
and to step out of life’s procession, that marches in majesty and proud submission towards the infinite.

When you work you are a flute through whose heart the whispering of the hours turns to music.
Which of you would be a reed, dumb and silent, when all else sings together in unison?

Always you have been told that work is a curse and labour a misfortune.
But I say to you that when you work you fulfil a part of earth’s furthest dream, assigned to you when that dream was born,
And in keeping yourself with labour you are in truth loving life,
And to love life through labour is to be intimate with life’s inmost secret.

You have been told also that life is darkness, and in your weariness you echo what was said by the weary.
And I say that life is indeed darkness save when there is urge,
And all urge is blind save when there is knowledge,
And all knowledge is vain save when there is work,
And all work is empty save when there is love;
And when you work with love you bind yourself to yourself, and to one another, and to God.

Work is love made visible.
And if you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of those who work with joy.
For if you bake bread with indifference, you bake a bitter bread that feeds but half man’s hunger.
And if you grudge the crushing of the grapes, your grudge distils a poison in the wine.
And if you sing though as angels, and love not the singing, you muffle man’s ears to the voices of the day and the voices of the night.

~Kahlil Gibran

Now the challenge… can I hold onto any of that in the madness of the ED tomorrow?!

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Chris Palmer February 27, 2012 at 8:21 pm

I know you will!


min February 27, 2012 at 8:54 pm

Thanks for the post! Just what I needed to hear , the energies in the ether have been pretty crazy in the last 2.5 weeks and it is reflected in the challenges, both diagnostically and emotionally that have been presented to me !!

You go girl!!


Christina March 1, 2012 at 12:58 pm

Hey Min! Great to hear from you 🙂 Hope you’re well!


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