Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told, "I'm with you kid, let's go". ~ Maya AngelouI recently had a fascinating conversation about embracing life. A wise, gentle elder reminded me that if we're here, we're already embracing it and that the important question for life (and our practice within it) is, how much of ourselves are we bringing to this embrace?
Most of us can remember moments in our lives when the tectonic plates inside of us seemed to shift; when we felt our center of gravity deepen or move and we became fundamentally different, almost new. We can bring ourselves to a deeper and more profound relationship with life by paying very close attention to our yearnings, to that voice inside that speaks to us through the experience of desire. When we allow those desires to put their arms around us and allow ourselves inwardly to become the one who already has whatever it is we're wanting, we bring more of ourselves to the embrace.
The idea of the world as mirror is helpful here too - we become enamored with qualities in others that we're most desiring to develop within ourselves; seeing in them what's stirring in us and asking for our attention. We can find ourselves very attracted to someone who is alive and fun-loving if we're longing to bring that part of ourselves to the party of life. If we're desiring to come home to ourselves, to have an abiding loyalty to what lay deep within us, we may find ourselves wanting to hang around a person who exudes a sense of inner peace, the one who knows what is theirs. We can wake up to recognizing that these infatuations and attractions provide direction and clues for our own path, to what we're wanting to include in who we are.
The sheer beauty of that moment when we shift by allowing our desires to hug us is that life responds, moving everything forward in an effortless choreography that only a moment before the embrace seemed impossible. All clarifies and moves forward. Life awaits our truth and says a resounding yes to who we are; when we're willing to say "I'm that, let's go."
The question is not are we embracing this ever-giving life; it is who are we in that embrace?
The infinite intelligence that is the source and substance of this
universe is everywhere present, and it is present within me. There's
something in me that always knows what to do and how to accomplish it in
the most graceful and effective way, and that something is right now
activated; it informs me of the right decisions to make, even when I
feel confused or unclear.
The infinite presence of Spirit is always ready to offer insight and
understanding, ready to provide powerful opportunities to broaden my
experience of understanding the universe in which I live. Spirit is
never confused, it is never unclear, it is never unsure. In me, this
Spirit now takes shape as confident, clear decision making, thoughtful
and responsive choosing, and a joyous understanding that every choice,
no matter what it looks like, leads me closer to the experience of my
own divine nature.
I give thanks for this ability to open my mind and my intellect and my
heart...all that I am!...to the clear, intuitive, spiritual genius
within. I do so now, and am profoundly grateful for the wonderful
choices and decisions that come from this inner activity. And so it is.