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I wish I were her:
That woman in my head
With long smooth arms
Held out open, awaiting,
Calm,
Fingers splayed in elegant
Invitation.
A smile fills her face,
And peace rules the grace
Flowing from her eyes.

Yes, she would be me,
And you would reach
Over to touch
The smoothness of her arms
And lightly curl palms
Atop open hands,
The fabric of her sleeves
A caress for both of us.

And there would be love,
Love in so many more textures
Than I had ever thought of.
This song from Carl Orff's Carmina Burana (in Trutina) has often represented one of the most sensual, calm, rich expressions of embracing and submitting to the feeling of love for me. At one point, I found a reading of the Latin which points out it's not clear whether she's submitting to a sensual fate of earthly passion or perhaps to a life as a nun.

Which brings me to the broader reflection: embracing one's life is kind of like falling in love. You have to open your inner wellsprings up to the energy of life, to the world around you, to the deep spring of desires within yourself in a gesture of higher integration. This is the movement of the self into higher levels of integration, the very action of integration being in my opinion what constitutes a self. When we shut ourselves up we get stuck in feedback loops that don't serve us, instead of being open to forming new rhythms which take us beyond ourselves, onward to the things we want to see happen in our lives.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=pc0qGK…

So whatever way you go, go with gusto and with the same electric and seductive force of living that we normally associate with falling in love. And go with the realization that you are making yourself vulnerable in the same way you become vulnerable when when you choose to love someone else.
Thanks to a helpful soul on DA, I came across this enlightening and well-written (albeit long) article criticizing point for point how the Fifty Shades of Grey business is an abusive relationship masquerading as an alternative erotic adventure. Having myself had direct experience with abuse as well as having some minimal knowledge of BDSM culture, I find this critique to the point, but I would advise reader's discretion:

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Free yourself, little one,
Whose heart's woe paints
With greatness' hue.

Where is not the stuff of love
There is little else to do
But see truth for what it paints.

And truth is not your lack of love,
But rather the narrow flue
Your frightened heart delights in.

For what if I said that it is true:
Your great passion for what you cannot have
And the deep delight of torment
Betrays nothing more than your lack of love
Not for him, but for yourself
And all the truths you dream of.

What would you do?

Free yourself, little one,
Whose passion pants petty greatness
For hearts that have not paid their due.

Free yourself, little one,
True greatness demands not
The severing of heart from reality.
Advice to Those who Pine
I have myself wasted much time in such a state. At the heart of pining for someone unavailable or uninterested is not a great self-sacrificing love, but a fear to seek out real love from sources that might actually return it. Like many who choose immediate failure over the prospect of possible success, the pining heart is in love with the bittersweet security of the unrequited habit. While perhaps a useful exercise for poetry, getting stuck in this cycle keeps one from making positive choices and changing one's reality for the better. It is a narrowness which we learn from, but eventually must grow out of.
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It is a great blessing
To view once again
The stranger manifest
In one otherwise familiar

For to encounter
A known unlike ourselves
Familiar and yet
Foreign
Is the most primal reminder
That one is not
Alone
This song from Carl Orff's Carmina Burana (in Trutina) has often represented one of the most sensual, calm, rich expressions of embracing and submitting to the feeling of love for me. At one point, I found a reading of the Latin which points out it's not clear whether she's submitting to a sensual fate of earthly passion or perhaps to a life as a nun.

Which brings me to the broader reflection: embracing one's life is kind of like falling in love. You have to open your inner wellsprings up to the energy of life, to the world around you, to the deep spring of desires within yourself in a gesture of higher integration. This is the movement of the self into higher levels of integration, the very action of integration being in my opinion what constitutes a self. When we shut ourselves up we get stuck in feedback loops that don't serve us, instead of being open to forming new rhythms which take us beyond ourselves, onward to the things we want to see happen in our lives.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=pc0qGK…

So whatever way you go, go with gusto and with the same electric and seductive force of living that we normally associate with falling in love. And go with the realization that you are making yourself vulnerable in the same way you become vulnerable when when you choose to love someone else.

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duytter Featured By Owner Edited 1 day ago  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much for the Watch and fav :)
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squibblyquill Featured By Owner 18 hours ago
My pleasure! Likewise... : )
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Thank you very much for the favorites and your kind comments!
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Thanks for the watch :D
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squibblyquill Featured By Owner 4 days ago
You're welcome! And thanks for the faves! : )
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Thank you for the :+fav:!
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copper9lives Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:wave: Hello, and welcome to :iconpoetryparadise:!

We're happy to have you aboard! If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, please :note: the group and your friendly neighborhood admins will get back to you ASAP.

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