This is a place marker for the posts I hope to write during the month of April. Thanks for checking it out, and may you find something worth your time!
It is easier for me to know what I do not want to do with my life, than it is to know what I want to do with it-- and my trouble with knowing that is knowing how to listen to what my life wants to do itself. I'll bet you are not world class in knowing how to listen to your life either. We could have used some guidance with this earlier, like pre-kindergarten. Maybe Montessori has something to offer along these lines, how to listen yourself early on. I could certainly have used it throughout all those years of not-knowing how to do it! Here I am, here we are, learning how to do the essential stuff even now, even yet, even so. I have found that the old Taoists of 500 BCE had also worked on the problem, and they recommend three things: Emptiness, Stillness, and Silence. That would be the right kind of emptiness, stillness and silence. That kind of emptiness is the emptiness between breaths. Nothing is going on there. Experiment. Count your breaths and pause between exhale and inhale for a count of five-- noticing how empty that place is. That is the kind of empty emptiness we are working on being able to drop into at any point in our daily life, where we do nothing, think nothing, feel nothing, and simply wait, listening, looking for what emerges, arises, appears out of nowhere to grab our attention. Our self has spoken. Our unconscious side-- the side we are unconscious of-- isn't much with language, but is great with symbols, images, scenes, objects, visions, etc., and we have to decipher, interpret, translate what occurs to us in the silence, and how best we might respond to it. This kind of "conversation" is "the beginning of a beautiful friendship," leading us into the adventure of being alive in what remains of the life left to live. Happy Trails! Mind how you go!