Dearest monks and artists, Our upcoming online retreat for women Coming Home to Your Body starts on Monday, September 21st. I have been offering you very brief excerpts to ponder your own ways of contemplative embodiment. Here is the last installment: Only by welcoming uncertainty from the get-go can we acclimate ourselves to the shattering wonder that enfolds us. This animal body, for all its susceptibility and vertigo, remains the primary instrument of all our knowing, as the capricious earth remains our primary cosmos. —David Abram, Becoming Animal: An Earthly Cosmology One of my favorite poets is Rainer Maria Rilke.