One of my hopes with this blog thing is the clean out some of the calcified crap that has built up in my head through years of not practicing awareness, creativity and discipline. I’m not sure I will be able to identify when I’ve “arrived,” but again, this whole idea of a journey, an adventure, even an expedition seems like an apt description.
I really want to make room for the important things that for one reason or another, I’ve simply let fall by the wayside. I also know that there have been several recent post where I mention silence, meditation (or prayer might be a little more comfortable description for some) and awareness as portals of sorts by which we tap into the greater movement of the universe. As I’ve also said before, I’m starting to crave those moments of silence. Even as I play some chanting in the background as I write, there is something overwhelmingly centering, soothing, right, whole.
Richard Rohr, a Franciscan Priest, suggests that from silence, true action arises, thus we must fully enter into that silence, otherwise we react and fail to fully experience our own lives. We get caught up in a cycle of looking toward the next exciting thing rather than fully embracing this current moment. He says, if we are bored with this moment, we will be bored with the next. Silent Compassion is the book and maybe I’m just in a place currently where I’m open, but yikes! There is some really good stuff in there.
All that to say, I have a feeling that the combination of entering into intentional silence and meditation mixed with wise words from those who have spent their lives exploring these things has really been good for me.
Also, as I am coming to more fully understand, the things that work well for me may not be what works for someone else and it’s high time that I quit expending so much energy trying to convince others to walk my path with me. Doesn’t that just sound crazy? Well, that’s the conservative baggage I’ve been trying to shed for the last 5 years and I’m just now starting to get a grasp on it. Wow!
Needless to say, I can can feel life growing inside me and I’m ready to chase that light wherever it leads.