This is my living faith, an active faith, a faith of verbs: to question, explore, experiment, experience, walk, run, dance, play, eat, love, learn, dare, taste, touch, smell, listen, argue, speak, write, read, draw, provoke, emote, scream, sin, repent, cry, kneel, pray, bow, rise, stand, look, laugh, cajole, create, confront, confound, walk back, walk forward, circle, hide, and seek. To seek: to embrace the questions, be wary of answers.
–Terry Tempest Williams, naturalist and author (b. 1955)
Verbs draw me toward life and living.
Nouns and labels are towards death and dying; attempts to put a net on a butterfly, to capture it, to put it into a box, and to literally pin it down. Sadly, a butterfly in a box is no longer a butterfly.
Try tasting an orientation of verbs and see if the nouns don’t fade into their boxes, leaving you more and more alive, living, and experiencing.
3 thoughts on “My faith of verbs”
I’ve noticed that Rick Hanson, PhD, wrote about a similar viewpoint in his post “See Beings Not Bodies” on the UCSD Center for Mindfulness blog.
It’s well-written. I particularly like his suggestion of a gradual approach to trying it out.
Great list! ♥