#tbt ‘Jonah’ episodes are inevitable for us. Are things falling apart? There is pain in swallowing the sudden disillusioned reality as gateway to transform our sight into new eyes. The pangs of loss hurt. Rohr says mystics dub this as, “fire, darkness, death, emptiness, abandonment, trial, the evil one.” Etc. Divorce, death and grieving, being fired from a job, feeling outside of society or invisible to a group of friends. Having a door close. Never feeling worthy enough for yourself or your partner. Rohr says, “You can see why Jonah in the belly of the whale is such an important symbol for many Jews and Christians.” We are spit up to new beginnings by suffering, which we could not have arrived by any other path. It’s the only way to fall into the second half of life. It’s a paradoxical blessing. Just remember when you enter the whale the vomits rejoicing is inevitable, it will pass arrived to a new shore.