In our loneliness and isolation and seemingly perpetual impulse toward self-distraction in the service of finding a moment of meaningful connection, there is a deep longing, a yearning, usually unconscious or ignored, to belong, to be part of a larger whole, to not be anonymous, to be seen and known. For relationality, exchange, give-and-take, especially on an emotional plane, is how we are reminded that we have a place in this world, how we know in our hearts that we actually do belong and make a difference. It is deeply satisfying to experience meaningful connection with others. We hunger to be perceived by others, to be both noticed and valued for who we actually are, and not merely for what we do. And mostly we are not.
It is now harder to pay attention to any one thing and there is more to pay attention to. Things come at us fast and furious, relentlessly. And almost all of it is man-made, it has thought behind it, and more often than not, an appeal to either our greed or our fears. These assaults on our nervous system continually stimulate and foster desire and agitation rather than contentedness and calmness. And above all, if we are not careful, they rob us of time, of our moments.
we cannot pause….not really….but we can notice that….
inquiry for today~ how many distractions have you noticed today?
There is a quiet light that shines in every heart. It draws no attention to itself though it is always secretly there. It is what illuminates our minds to see beauty, our desire to seek possibility and our hearts to love life. Without this subtle quickening our days would be empty and wearisome, and no horizon would ever awaken our longing. Our passion for life is quietly sustained from somewhere in us that is wedded to the energy and excitement of life. This shy inner light is what enables us to recognize and receive our very presence here as blessing. We enter the world as strangers who all at once become heirs to a harvest of memory, spirit, and dream that has long preceded us and will now enfold, nourish, and sustain us.