At the summit of higher motives is the pull to self-transcendence. This is the desire to transcend our usual false, constricted identity, to awaken to the fullness of our being, and to recognize our true nature and our true relationship with the sacred. It is the compelling call to remember who we really are and to know, even unite with, our Source. Whether described as the yearning for God, the moksha drive, or the desire to align with Tao, this pull to enlightenment is a supreme motive; the only one, say the great religions, capable of ultimately offering true satisfaction and bliss. As St. Augustine, one of the most influential Christian theologians, summarized it, “Our hearts are restless till they rest in Thee.” Rumi echoed him, saying, “The only real rest comes when you’re alone with God.”……Roger Walsh
find the momentum to remember why this life matters…….what can we offer more of? who can we love better? where is the love you seek?
Each of us has a particular piece of wisdom, which we might describe as truth made possible by love. Each of us with a bit of eternity that if not brought forward will be lost; or at least stay silent during our time on earth. This piece of inner wisdom which is in everything and yet which you alone carry doesn’t have a name. We could call it your soul. So as you would honor a grandparent or a teacher, how will you befriend your soul? What kind of relationship will you have with the oldest part of your life, so it might speak to you?….Mark Nepo
Perhaps the heart of our melancholy is that we miss the person we were meant to be. We miss our authentic selves. But the good news is that even if you have ignored its overtures for decades, your authentic self has not abandoned you. Instead it has been waiting patiently for you to recognize it and reconnect. Turn away from the world this year and begin to listen…….Sarah Ban Breathnach