Living the Questions
Supporting ourselves with new insights.
Words and music by Sarah Pirtle © 2020, Discovery Center Music, BMI.
1. Tell me where it hurts inside?
What do you need to be shouting?
The world we knew has come apart.
Is there a way you are hiding?
I have the heart to hold it all.
To this voice I’ll be true.
The Source of Life rises deep inside,
and says I am reaching for you.
Rising, rising, listening deep inside.
Holding, loving. Our hearts are side by side.
Living the questions.
2. Where in me needs to be heard?
What do I need to be speaking?
What will help me to feel known?
Where am I quiet as breathing?
3. What is the gift that I can give?
How do I get back to center?
Where is a voice I have not used?
What new door can I enter?
About this Song:
The inspiration came from an online worship service March 22, 2020 of CLF, the Church of the Larger Fellowship, which is a Unitarian Universalist congregation without walls that connects people all over the world. Ali Bell-Delgado, Learning Fellow and a candidate for UU ministry, suggested that people could take care of themselves by asking questions, such as, “What helps me be okay?” and “What do I need to feel heard?” That felt so important that I wanted to share it in a song.
Ali urged us to ask ourselves, "What ways of being will help you feel safe moment by moment?" This was early on during sheltering in, and I kept working on ways to work with these insights.
The title comes from the Bohemian-Austrian poet Rainer Maria Rilke who talks about asking the questions now in our lives and living into the answers.