"What Is"

What Is (Macrina Wiederkehr, Velma Frye)

"I stand before what is with an open heart and dwell in possibility."

Sometimes I have to take in this lyric in small bites. I sing the first word of the song, pause and ponder, then repeat. Then I sing the first two words, standing, inviting the whole body to participate, and repeat. And so on, to the end of the phrase:

I (the larger self, beyond just the ego)

I stand (with strength, not crawling away, grounded)

I stand before (safely at the edge of)

I stand before what is (awareness in the present moment, acceptance)

I stand before what is with an open heart (feel it)

I stand before what is with an open heart and dwell in possibility (listen to intuition).

This way of singing lets the song go deep inside. Sometimes when I most need to remember this wisdom, the tune starts playing in my head, and then I notice what the words are, and that reminds me to stand before what is with an open heart and dwell in possibility.

And that can make all the difference.