We begin to die when we stop singing, dancing, telling, listening to, and being enchanted by, stories, spending time with, and being comforted by, "the sweet territory of silence" (Angeles Arrien). There is a difference that is more than a difference (Like a train wreck is different from a burp) between being driven by an agenda and being led by the soft whispers of our soul. We live these days from our head. It used to be, in the days long gone, that we lived from our heart. We have been cut off from our heart for generations, and it shows in the emptiness of our eyes and the shallowness of our desires and the impulsive jerkiness of our life. Maybe this! Maybe that! Maybe that over there! We are all over the place looking for it, whatever "it" is, we don't know, but "this" isn't it. We know that much. What would it take? We don't know. We just know that something isn't right somehow. We just want to be happy, as though happiness is something to be acquired as a by-product of the things we buy and do to make us happy, and if we are happy, things must be right about us and our life. Right? Wrong! Happiness is no indicator of a life well-lived. A life well-lived is not attuned to happy/not-happy. It has other things on its mind. Seeing and doing what is called for here and now, for instance. Listening for the gentle whispers of soul, for another. We don't have time to assess our current degree of happiness when we are living in the service of heart and soul. Then, we are busy taking care of business in the business of being alive. How to get from here to there: It's my favorite Joseph Campbell quote: "That which you see lies far back in the darkest corner of the cave you most don't want to enter." The Hero's Journey is simply the shift in perspective from where we are now to the center of our heart. But. That requires the complete transformation of our relationship with our life. Meister Eckhart said, "The greatest and last leave-taking is leaving God for God." I say that the next leave-taking in line is leaving our life for our Life. And that is why things are as they are everywhere we look.
What is the most meaningful thing in your life? Sit with it. Walk around it. Look at it. Poke it. Prod it. Turn it over. Get to the bottom of it. Ask all of the questions that beg to be asked of it, about it. Say all of the things that cry out to be said about it. To it. When did it first become meaningful? What brought it to your attention? Who is responsible for getting you together with it? What has it brought to life in your life? How do you honor it? How much time do you spend with it-- in a day? A week? A month? A year? When is the last time you spent time with it? In what ways does it define you? Reflect you? Express you? Incarnate you? What does it show you about yourself? What does it say about who you are? What does it ask of you? Who have you become because of it? Write a letter to it, saying all of the things you have to say. Then, write a letter to you from it, as though you are taking dictation-- do not think about what to write, just write what needs to be written, "automatic writing," it is called, saying all of the things it has to say to you. What does this reflection open up for you? Where are you being led? Where will you go from here? Do not analyze it. Do not critique it. Do not examine it. Do not explain, defend, excuse, understand it. Go there! Do what is being asked of you! Say "YES!" to what is calling you! NOW!