Even In the Struggle

 

Even in the struggle, you are loved.
You are being loved not in spite of the hardship, but through it.
The thing you see as wrenching, intolerable, life’s attack on you,
is an expression of love.

There is the part of us that fears and protects and defends and expects,
and has a story of the way it’s supposed to turn out.
That part clenches in fear, feels abandoned and cursed.

There is another part, resting at the floor of the well within, that understands:
this is how I am being graced, called, refined, by fire.

The secret is, it’s all love.
It’s all doorways to truth.
It’s all opportunity to merge with what is.

Most of us don’t step through the doorframe.
We stay on the known side.
We fight the door, we fight the frame, we scream and hang on.

On the other side, you are one with the earth, like the mountain.
You hum with life, like the moss.
On the other side, you are more beautiful:
wholeness in your bones, wisdom in your gaze,
the sage-self and the surrendered heart alive.

– Tara Mohr

 

photo credit: Eberhard Grossgasteiger

Join the discussion 17 Comments

  • Jay Schryer says:

    This is beautiful…simply beautiful. Thank you for touching my heart with this.

  • sophiashouse says:

    Jay, I’m so glad it spoke to you. These words arrived kind of as surprise (sometimes writing arrives that way for me) and I’m finding it very comforting too! 🙂 And thank you for sharing the message with others. Warmly, Tara

  • Jen says:

    How beautiful Tara. Thank you for sharing this.
    Jen

  • Such wisdom…and soooooo beautifully written. Thanks so much, I needed to read this today!!!
    Faye

  • stephanie says:

    sooooo beautiful and sooooo true!

    Stop fighting it!!!! Whatever it is for you!!!

    If you let it go you won’t fall!!!

    Wings you never knew you had will lift you higher then you ever thought you’d go!!!

    Have peace!

    love to all, stephanie

  • sophiashouse says:

    Thank you Faye. I’m glad it arrived when you needed it!

  • sophiashouse says:

    Thank you Stephanie! I’m glad this spoke to you, and please pass it on to others whom you think it may also resonate for.
    Warmly, Tara

  • Jenn says:

    Tara, this is so gorgeous and wise! Thank you…

    I love these lines especially… so comforting to my soul.

    Even in the struggle, you are loved.
    You are being loved not in spite of the hardship, but through it.
    The thing you see as wrenching, intolerable, life’s attack on you,
    is an expression of love. There is another part, resting at the floor of the well within, that understands: this is how I am being graced, called, refined, by fire.

    all the best to you…
    xx Jenn

  • My granddaughter who is 16 is struggling with normal teenage “stuff.” And through her struggle she is loved…Thanks!

  • Tara says:

    Yes, beautiful. Thanks Tess.
    Hugs, t

  • Tara says:

    Thank you Jenn. I’m so glad that this spoke to you. Comforting, and true.
    Hugs to you, t

  • What timing! I’ve been thinking (and writing) about crying today—what purpose it serves, and why it’s important. That idea clearly ties in with “the struggle” and the hardships we face in our lives. It’s those struggles that cause us to cry, and those tears that evoke empathy, care and a stronger community. “On the other side, you are more beautiful.” Indeed.

  • Tara says:

    hmmm, yes. so glad this spoke to you. your comment reminded me of this interesting strain of though that is sort of questioning the current emphasis on “happiness” in psychology. like: is happiness really the point? are we overlooking the value of tears, sadness, struggle?

  • massay says:

    thanks for tag my foto!!!

  • Darlene says:

    These powerful words speak to my soul as I struggle to step on the other side of the door frame, to become one with the earth…to know that it IS all love
    Thank you

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