The Ordinary Life

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“We did not turn

the earth upon its axis – what we turned,

and still might turn, was purely our own souls.”

- Kathryn Hinds

I am often a proponent of following desire, of stepping into our true will and our divine work. I am a proponent of training to be present, as often as we can. To notice. To center. To continue. As part of this, today I want to say:

Be ordinary.

Do what moves you, because heart and soul are asking you to.

Do things that don’t move you because they also feed the heart and soul: The brushing of the teeth. The scrubbing of the floor. The driving to work. They all make up a life. And making up a life is what we are here to do.

The ordinary is astounding, if we pause to think. Someone, years ago, invented a toothbrush. Things get dirty, and get clean again. There are molecules everywhere, and cells coming together and dividing. Our very blood holds something of the stars.

We are here to live. So why do we grudge ourselves the activities of living?

We forget that we are here to live. We think we are here to do amazing things – and we are that, too, as part of life – so we begrudge the simple. Or we think all we are is the simple, and forget the ways amazing might unfold.

Do what is in front of you, but do it well. Find what captures your heart, and do that, too.

Desire flows through all things. Catch the scent.

The poet Kathryn Hinds tells us “If we don’t turn the wheel it will not turn.”

Today, you may have many interactions. It’s your job to make them count. It’s your job to remember: every action is both simple and significant. We never know what exactly what causes the wheel to turn. All we know is that it does.


bicycle wheel by Pedro J. Perez (via morguefile)

The snippet of poem is from Kathryn Hinds‘ book “Candle, Thread, and Flute.”

I’d also like to let you know that I have two spaces open for spiritual direction right now, if you’d like some assistance in turning the wheel. 

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