I have a long list of things that I know are good for me: eating well, going for a walk, doing my morning practice. . . .But if I do them out of obligation (to some ideal or “should”) and without any real tenderness toward myself, I find I am going through the motions somewhat mechanically and the impact- the restoration of balance and energy- is diminished.
And yet, I don’t want to make this quality of caring another “should.” Some days, all we can do is go through the motions- and sometimes that’s enough to make us available to the grace of a larger Mystery that carries us beyond obligation to our true and compassionate nature.
I am learning to catch myself when I move too fast, when I am driven by real or imagined obligations. I am learning, as the song says, to try a little tenderness with myself and others.
~Oriah Mountain Dreamer
when we ask “may it be so” we call on our ancestors to restore balance within us and for us……to return to our natures to guide us….to come home…..
inquiry for today~ maybe when we pause, we are divinely guided to touch the sacred, our ancestral knowing…..
Here is what I believe is the real crux of healing: We live in a world where it’s easy to conclude that there’s something not good enough about who we are. The masks we wear both reveal and conceal who we really are. And the most remarkable accomplishments of the soul don’t always spring from the ones with the degrees and the opportunities- far from it. I believe that all of us are souls, walking around, not at all whom we appear to be, who are on a journey to wake up to the dignity and magnificence within us. ~Jeffrey REdiger