For those of you that may have been following these Soul Musings for the past 31 days I express my gratitude. In total there have been 93 posts including today’s which is rather unbelievable to me as I was ready to quit it all on Day 5!
True to form there will only be 8 sentences here (though the one following is indeed a very long one!) with the last two being specific to this particular blog. I have experienced many things as I have committed to this practice and among them have been the fickleness of the creative muse; the release in simply writing something and then letting it go; observing the critic that wanted to take main stage but whom I banished to the netherlands (where is that anyway?); the groundedness of a regular writing practice; at times the self-imposed pressure of hitting that “Publish” button every single day on 3 blogs; allowing for the polarity of “good writing” and “bad writing” to vanish from my vocabulary; that there would be “something to write about” every single day, but more, trusting that I would listen to what was coming through and simply act as the translator on behalf of full uncensored expression.
When I was urged from the depths of my Soul – from Source – to commit to this practice I was at first certain of it and then wanted to flee from the implications of it. The months of going without writing anything prior to this practice have now fled into oblivion (would love to know where that is too!) and I am washed clean of any hesitation to simply write from the deepest parts of my being.
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“For only by living in our own element can we thrive without anxiety”. Mark Nepo
A very large part of living in human form is to wake up to our inherent true nature and accept the gifts and awareness that we have been given. We each walk a unique path, however the deep interconnection with all life allows us to view what it may be like to walk in another person’s shoes – or bare feet as the case may be.
A large part of the pandemic “anxiety” that engulfs the world at this time in our history comes from not only disrespecting others particular path, but at our very core not accepting our own. How is it to live a life that others are dictating, instead of listening deeply to one’s own calling. Courageously saying yes to the steps that it takes to express this one precious life – the joy of being human.
Let me tell you a story to demonstrate just a little of what I am talking about. For the last year and few months I entered back into the world of medicine after making a clear decision in 2011 that I was complete with that particular pathway in which to bring my gifts. Much was learned during this year as I became a part of the launching of a new family practice. However, the reasons that I stepped back into this field were mostly based in fear.
Fear that I would not be able to support myself financially if left to walk my own unique road. A road that was riskier and filled with uncertainty, but also filled with immense possibility. A road that I now know contains the peaceful abiding that Buddhist philosophy and practice speak to. A road that offers the immense joy of giving to others in a way that makes their life better through the arts of writing, teaching/guiding/facilitation, heart centered activism, breath practice, and the laying of my hands on people in healing and transforming ways.
Within the “stress” of being back in the medical world lay the gift of awareness that I had forsaken my own road. This was a vital part of coming back home to a path that only I can walk, only I can express, and only I can learn from. Taking on someone else’s path is perhaps as dangerous as judging and not accepting others for their own.
Our potential is to become totally happy. How do we find our way there? Poet and philosopher Mark Nepo says:
“This is not about being a poet or a florist or a doctor or a layer or an architect. It is about the true vitality that waits beneath all occupations for us to tap into, if we can discover what we love. If you feel energy and excitement and a sense that life is happening for the first time, you are probably near your God-given nature. Joy in what we do is not an added feature; it is a sign of deep health”. (The Book of Awakening, pg. 294)
Staying awake is the path to walking in our own element….
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