Choice. Change. Courage.
Here’s my question for the week:
Live a life of order, dependability, safety and culturally pre-defined pathways to success?
Live the one, true, wild, strange, beautiful, magical, ever challenging, continuously learning, co-creative and constantly emergent dance of the life spirit intends for you? A life lived in accord with the magic, chaos and order of life itself?
Uh… I don’t know…
I choose door number two.
Who’s life are you living?
Are you living the status quo or the rich and wild intelligence of life as it flows uniquely through you?
Are you willing to confess the ways in which you are out of integrity with your values or your soul’s wisdom or your truest dreams?
Are you willing to RISK the life you prayed for?
What will happen if you don’t?
I live with these questions as constant companions. I care to live my life in integrity with my soul and with life itself.
There are infinite voices – subtle, ubiquitous, highly programed messages – that tug constantly at the subconscious trying to get us live the status quo, to sell us on some one else’s version of a fulfilling life, to convince us that meaning and value are to be found somewhere other than our homes, our hearts, our hearths – in screens and text windows and the measure of bank accounts. We are surrounded by a deadening technological pulse of mass culture perpetuating the desire engines of capitalism, splitting us from our simple, earthly, sensate connections with the very life-y life of life. But, these voices don’t speak for soul… they don’t represent the deeper intelligence of life. Business as usual generally doesn’t cause happiness, nor does it empower the soul, nor is it at all sustainable, let alone regenerative or full-bodied joyful.
I, for one, am incapable of feeling at all comfortable in in my skin in a “business as usual” life.
So, I choose to follow soul, spirit and the inseparability of my dance with the larger pulse and intelligence of life. I do my best to listen and respond – to create my days as an offering and a prayer for joy, for truth and for the wholeness and continuity of the One Great Life.
This almost always causes change.
It always takes courage – more than I think I have.
Anything other than this leaves me feeling deadened and flat.
Are you living “business as usual?” Or, are you choosing? Allowing the change? Breathing in courage?
It’s chooser’s choice all the time. No time like the present.
Make the prayer.
Live a life-y life.
This is my way of being home in the journey, and of coming home by being true to my self.
It’s not about easy.
It’s about honest.
It promises a life you can walk in – in your own skin – in the body you’ve been given and the unique gifts of your soul – in service and in harmony with life.