Summer of (God of) Love

July 26, 2011

Dear Friends,

Please excuse the prolonged silences.  They are not contemplative silences, I’m afraid, but rather the artifact of being on an intense book birth-line (I finally came up with an alternative to “deadline”)!  I am 90% finished with my new manuscript, GOD OF LOVE: A Guide to the Heart of Judaism, Christianity, & Islam.  As you may know, this is my first book entirely in my own voice, as opposed to translations and commentaries on the teachings of the mystics.  It’s been scary and exhilarating.  I’m thrilled by what’s been emerging.  The book will be released in April of 2012.

I had an insight about the relationship between my particular experience of profound loss to my writing in general.  For a long time I have assumed that I would write a “grief book” – and I still may – but I see now that all the deaths in my life, and my daughter’s especially, inform everything I write.  John of the Cross’ teachings on the dark night of the soul, and Teresa of Avila’s on the exquisite longing of the soul for union with the Divine, are inextricably entwined for me with conscious grief as a spiritual path.  And so I cannot possibly write about the unifying teachings of love at the heart of the Abrahamic faiths, for instance, without deeply drawing on my own experience of the radical unknowingness and unbearable yearning that accompanies the death of someone I loved beyond life, and also that quiet sense of cosmic perfection that most of us are too shy to talk about but most of us hold in delicate paradox inside our broken hearts.

If my editors agree, I will post relevant excerpts from the ms over the next few months.  Until then, I will continue writing and refining, and thinking of you all.

If you have not already done so, I invite you to consider joining us at the beautiful Omega Institute in upstate New York August 21-26 for our next Beautiful Wound gathering.  We will read powerful poetry & prose (both sacred and profane!), share our stories through conversation and writing, sit in silence, and sing to the Beloved.  It is an extraordinary opportunity for building community of the heart.  I would love to share it with you, if it feels like a good fit to you or someone you love.  Details are on my website: http://www.mirabaistarr.com

More soon,

love always,

Mirabai

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10 Responses to “Summer of (God of) Love”

  1. Pamela Rosenberg said

    I am so happy for you in this most creative birth, with this new work! My love and support are with you.
    Pamela

  2. Bob said

    Thank you, Mirabai. Can’t wait to read your book. This post reminds me of a quote from Kahil Gibran,

    “The deeper that sorrow carves into your being the more joy you can contain. Is not the cup that holds your wine the very cup that was burned in the potter’s oven?”

    So I’m thinking that in a way a book about full cup is at the same time a book about the empty vessel that holds it.

    • OK, you won’t have to wait. I’m sending you the (unedited) ms right now!

      Your quote & reflections on the empty fulness remind me once again why I love and admire you so much, Bob.

  3. Gaye said

    Ever since I read your introduction to your translation of Teresa of Avila’s Interior Castle I have wanted to read a book you have written. This is so exciting and you have such courage. I hope it will be available in Africa. I will pray for your process of gestation and giving birth to this book.

    • Mirabai said

      Thank you for the encouragement, Gaye – it really gives me energy to continue up this beautiful mountain.

      Would you tell me a little about your life in Africa?

  4. tara lupo said

    “. . . that quiet sense of cosmic perfection that most of us are too shy to talk about but most of us hold in delicate paradox inside our broken hearts.”

    Gorgeous!

  5. Gaye said

    My life in Africa (Zimbabwe to be precise) is like and not like yours. Which thought is no help at all! My funny little blog tells some of it but again not all. It would take more than hijacking space here to tell…

  6. wubr2000 said

    Hi Mirabai,

    Congrats on making so much progress on your new book. I just finished reading your Dark Night of the Soul book in Hong Kong. It’s quite an eye-opener and it spoke to me directly. I am not sure where I’m in the journey of sense+soul cleansing but now I know I’m not alone and that I will have to watch out because there are so many pitfalls along the way that you mentioned. Anyway, just want to say thank you for writing that book and keep up the good work!

    Regards,
    Bruno

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