Since then, I have been feeling into softness everyday. I can feel where my energy and body is hard, rigid, in protection mode, tensed up, defending. As I soften these areas the body shakes and cries with the release of trapped emotion. I am seeing that being soft means compassion and how it is easier to extend compassion to others when I am soft with myself. It also means not pushing myself to do all the frenetic activity that my mind says I should do. I am seeing that softness means welcoming each of these thoughts as a hurt friend, and holding them in my softness. Then I can see the wound behind the thoughts and the thoughts begin to change, automatically. This is the gentle soft power of God. It is in each of us, and it creates transformation through compassion. On a personal and societal level, we are undergoing an inevitable, unstoppable cracking and opening that hurts right now, but will eventually reveal our pearls. Softness makes this process easier and richer.