Blessing #37: Meditation on Relationships

"There is great beauty in the notion of desire.  Each of us is a child of the desire of our parents for each other.  We are creatures of desire because we are creations of desire.  The human heart discovers its most touching music when desire and love inform each other.  When we love, we leave our separate solitudes and come toward union, where we complement each other.  It is this ancient desire in every heart to discover and come how to its lost other half that awakens and activates its capacity for love and belonging. 

There are certain things that can happen to us only in solitude; and every life needs a rhythm of solitude in order to experience this.  However, the experience of self-discovery, psychological integration, and spiritual growth can only happen to us when our desire draws us out of our shells and toward the precarious and life-giving sanctuary of another heart."