There is a Sufi Proverb that says:
“When the heart weeps for what it has lost, the spirit laughs for what it has found.”
With that, our stage is set to investigate our human heart versus our Spirit—our intangible, yet very real Spirit.
Heart and Spirit
It’s no secret. You know, just as well as any kindergartener, the human heart is associated with love. Beautiful feelings of love. Heart-swelling feelings that are capable of creating magic. Yet at some point after experiencing love, the loss of love will occur—your loved one will pass away, you’ll experience a painful break-up. Whatever the circumstance may be, the loss of love will happen and your heart will ache. In the case of our Sufi proverb, your heart will weep. I think it’s safe to say, the heart action in this proverb can be seen as: a broken heart, one that weeps out of sadness and a longing to return to a time before the loss, when the heart was still experiencing the blissful, comforting feelings of love.
The heart-half of this proverb is pretty straight forward. But the Spirit-half….
Why would the Spirit laugh when the heart weeps?
Here is what I believe:
The heart weeping is a reaction to outside circumstances—the loved one dying, the painful break-up. Weeping is the first sign of letting go. Spirit, however, knows. There is no action required by Spirit. Spirit is connected with God, Our Creator, the Divine, and all that IS. Spirit is not concerned with outside circumstances, because the Spirit sees (KNOWS) the larger picture and rejoices (laughs) in the delight that you are moving through the pain in order to receive the gift that awaits you. By the heart weeping for what it has lost (the loved one, the relationship), the Spirit laughs for what it has gained: the lessons embedded in the bigger picture. The lessons that will ultimately serve you in incredible ways as you maneuver through Life.
The blessing in these lessons will set you free.
These sorts of lessons are huge. They are why we share with one another: to learn from one another—and ultimately, to grow. The Spirit knows how important the lessons are for learning and growing, and for that reason, it laughs, it rejoices at the very moment the heart weeps.
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