Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Give back your heart

Here’s one way of asking the question: Have we grown dissatisfied with the way the world seems to be? With the way we live in the world? With our way of thinking? With the dualities and separations and severing distinctions made by the minds of almost everyone and every institution and every conversation we encounter?

Is dis-ease the making of two when reality is one? Is dis-ease the constant feeling of separation and isolation? And if love and truth are all-encompassing, who is trying to make them not so? And why?

Maybe we will one day transcend dis-ease. Maybe ill-ness will be seen through. Maybe we, each one of us, will see to that happening.

Here’s how Dictionary.com looks at “dis-ease.”

1a Latin prefix meaning “apart,” “asunder,” “away,” “utterly,” or having privative, negative, or reversing force (see de-un-2 . ); used freely,especially with these latter senses, as an English formative: disability;disaffirm; disbar; disbelief; discontent; dishearten; dislike; disown. Also, di-  
Origin: < Latin (akin to bis, Greek dis twice; before f, dif-; before some consonants, di-; often replacing obsolete des- < Old French 

  [eez]  Show IPA noun, verb, eased, eas·ing.
1. freedom from labor, pain, or physical annoyance; tranquil rest;comfort: to enjoy ones ease.
2. freedom from concern, anxiety, or solicitude; a quiet state of mindto be at ease about one's health.
3. freedom from difficulty or great effort; facility: It can be done with ease.
4. freedom from financial need; plenty: a life of ease on a moderate income.
5. freedom from stiffness, constraint, or formality; unaffectedness:ease of manner; the ease and elegance of her poetry.easeverb (used with object)
6. to free from anxiety or care: to ease ones mind.
7. to mitigate, lighten, or lessen: to ease pain.
8. to release from pressure, tension, or the like.
9. to move or shift with great care: to ease a car into a narrow parking space.
10. to render less difficult; facilitate: Ill help if it will ease your job.
11. to provide (an architectural member) with an easement.
12. Shipbuilding. to trim (a timber of a wooden hull) so as to fair itssurface into the desired form of the hull.
13.Nautical .
a. to bring (the helm or rudder of a vessel) slowly amidships.b. to bring the head of (a vessel) into the wind.c. to slacken or lessen the hold upon (a rope).d. to lessen the hold of (the brake of a windlass)
verb (used without object)
14. to abate in severity, pressure, tension, etc. (often followed by off or up  ).
15. to become less painful, burdensome, etc.
16. to move, shift, or be moved or be shifted with great care.
Verb phrases
17. ease out, to remove from a position of authority, a job, or the like, especially by methods intended to be tactful: He was easedout as division head to make way for the boss's nephew.
18. at ease, Military . a position of rest in which soldiers may relax but may not leave their places or talk. 
Origin: 1175–1225;  (noun) Middle English ese, eise  < Anglo-French ese, OldFrench aise, eise  comfort, convenience < Vulgar Latin *adjace ),accusative of *adjacēs  vicinity (compare Medieval Latin in aiace  in (the)vicinity), the regular outcome of Latin adjacēns adjacent, taken in VL asa noun of the type nūbēs,  accusative nūbem  cloud; (v.) Middle Englishesen  < Anglo-French ser, Old French aisier,  derivative of the noun
Synonyms 1. repose, contentment, effortlessness. Ease, comfort refer to a sense ofrelaxation or of well-being. Ease implies a relaxed condition with anabsence of effort or pressure: a life of ease. Comfort suggests a sense ofwell-being, along with ease, which produces a quiet happiness andcontentment: comfort in one's old age. 2. tranquillity, serenity, calmness,peace. 5. naturalness, informality. 6. comfort, relieve, disburden;tranquilize, soothe. 7. alleviate, assuage, allay, abate, reduce.
Antonyms 1. discomfort, effort. 2. disturbance. 5. stiffness, formality, tenseness.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2013.  
It’s only words,” the Gibbs’ song says, “and words are all I have to take your heart away.” 

Or Derek Walcott in his poem Love After Love:
             Give back your heart to itself, / to the stranger who has loved you  / 
all your life, whom you ignored / for another, who knows you by heart. 

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