It is in the depths of your life that you will discover the invisible necessity that has brought you here. When you begin to decipher this, your gift & giftedness come alive. Your heart quickens & the urgency of living rekindles your creativity. If you can awaken this sense of destiny, you come into rhythm with your life. You fall out of rhythm when you renege on your potential & talent, when you settle for the mediocre as a refuge from the call. Rhythm is the secret key to balance & belonging. This sense of rhythm is ancient. To be spiritual is to be in rhythm……John O’Donohue
this allowance to what is natural & self-evident is reassuring….we don’t have to ‘do’ anything other than ‘be’…..yet to truly be, we have to be honest & in the seat of mindfulness…..it’s easier to check out & ‘accomplish’ sometimes rather than answer the heart’s call…..
My youthful understanding of ‘let your life speak’ led me to conjure up the highest values I could imagine & then try to conform my life to them whether they were mine or not. If that sounds like what we are ‘supposed’ to do with values, it is because that is what we are too often taught. Everyone has a life that is different from the ‘I’ of daily consciousness, a life that is trying to live through the ‘I’ who is its vessel. This is what the poet knows & what every wisdom tradition teaches; there is a great gulf between the way my ego wants to identify me, with its protective masks & self-serving fictions, & my true self. The soul is like a wild animal; tough, resilient, savvy, self-sufficient, & yet exceedingly shy. The soul speaks its truth only under quiet, inviting, & trustworthy conditions……Parker Palmer
caught in a web of confusion is a sure sign of gritty times for the soul….time for vigilance….honesty….grace…..shadow-work….allowing…..listening…..& remembering that everything has its place….
So long as you haven’t experienced
this: to die & so to grow,
you are only a troubled guest
on the dark earth…