The only way to make sense of change is to plunge into it, move with it and join the dance. – Alan W Watts
“And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.” Friedrich Nietzsche
Speak little, learn the words of eternity. Go beyond your tangled thoughts and find the splendor of paradise. RUMI
We must look at ourselves over and over again in order to learn how to love, to discover what has kept our hearts closed, and what it means to allow our hearts to open. Jack Kornfield
From a young age we have been taught to believe in love, happy endings and fairytale hopes.
But where along the way were we taught how to face sickness, death, grief, anxiety, and loss?
Because of this, society is overwhelmed as we struggle to understand how to face these difficult challenges and our inability to trust and know deeply, that if our hearts break open, we will survive.
Often it’s not until we are drowning in our pain, that we realise we know nothing about this path. Worse still, as we search for answers and support to work through this difficult time, we discover no one else does either!
Society has trained us to believe that if we unravel or fall apart through these difficult challenges, then at some point we need to tidy it up, push it down or better still, lock it away, as it may make others feel uncomfortable. Besides, how long does it take to get over anyway?
The answer is there is no timeframe. Each of us has a unique rhythm and timing of suffering and healing.
Allow space for this pain to arise in you and others. Learn to see what this pain reveals in you, and how it can change your path and create new beginnings.
Take time to nurture, heal and accept these wounds as part of our journey.
Born in 1310, Persian Lyric Poet Hafiz is one of the most celebrated of all the Persian poets. Like Rumi, Hafiz continues through time to inspire us and guide us to see the world through love and understanding.
There is so much wisdom in this poem. So leave the familiar for awhile, and let it speak to you.
All the Hemispheres
Leave the familiar for awhile.
Let your senses and body stretch out like a welcomed season, onto the meadows, shores and hills.
Open up to the roof. Make a new watermark of excitement and love.
Change the rooms in your mind for a day.
All the hemispheres in existence lie beside an equator in your heart.
Greet yourself in your thousand other forms, as you mount the hidden tide and travel back home.
All the hemispheres in heaven are sitting around a fire chatting.
While stitching themselves together into the great circle inside of you.
When we take time to replenish our spirit and energy, it allows us to serve others from the overflow. We cannot serve from an empty vessel. Eleanor Brownn
I was watching Jane Goodall being interviewed last night and they were discussing the chaos and unease in the world at present. They asked her opinion.
“When we look at all the problems and pain in the world, it can feel overwhelming and can seem too difficult to change or believe we can make a difference; but when we start small, begin by looking at our own life, our own concerns first, we can begin to balance our part of the whole and this not only empowers us, but more importantly, has a ripple effect far greater than we will ever know.”
Each of us can achieve this balance within. Instead of feeling burdened by the world, feel empowered, by learning to fill ourselves up first. This way there is always an overflow of love, healing and energy to share with others.
The tragedy of life is not death, but what we let die inside of us, while we live. – Norman Cousins
The cut worm forgives the plow – William Blake
A miracle, is a shift in perception from fear to love. Marianne Williamson