Monday, April 11, 2011

Ring the bells that still will ring

As you may or may not know, we love Leonard Cohen. He is the closest thing to "God" as I can imagine. So it was very ironic when we heard these lyrics from his song "Anthem" a lot during our MBSR course:

Ring the bells that still can ring,
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That's how the light gets in.


I've heard these lyrics a million times before, but it wasn't until they were put into the context of personal satisfaction and achievement that I really understood them.

It's a great reminder that some parts of us may be broken or gone or don't ring anymore, but what we do have -- the bells that still will ring, we must cherish and utilize. Forget your perfect offering. Surrender to the idea of imperfection in order to achieve satisfaction. There is a crack in everything. Nothing is perfect and in fact, most of time the imperfections are the most necessary and beautiful parts of all.

Because that's where the light gets in.

Here's the video of "Anthem" by Leonard Cohen.

He's such a classy guy, you'd never know he was monk!



"Anthem" by Leonard Cohen

The birds they sang
at the break of day
Start again
I heard them say
Don't dwell on what
has passed away
or what is yet to be.
Ah the wars they will
be fought again
The holy dove
She will be caught again
bought and sold
and bought again
the dove is never free.

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That's how the light gets in.

We asked for signs
the signs were sent:
the birth betrayed
the marriage spent
Yeah the widowhood
of every government --
signs for all to see.

I can't run no more
with that lawless crowd
while the killers in high places
say their prayers out loud.
But they've summoned, they've summoned up
a thundercloud
and they're going to hear from me.

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That's how the light gets in.

You can add up the parts
but you won't have the sum
You can strike up the march,
there is no drum
Every heart, every heart
to love will come
but like a refugee.

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything
That's how the light gets in.

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything
That's how the light gets in.
That's how the light gets in.
That's how the light gets in.

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