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Opening to Life


Where do you feel your life opening? When you drop into the silence of breath and contemplation, of the marriage of your body and your mind, what happens?

We accustom ourselves to looking at closed doors and blocks, at irritations and things gone wrong. In the midst of all of this, however, there is always a chance we are missing: the opportunity to soften, to open, and then to muster up our strength and will and GO!

Some of us like to leap ahead to that end part. The part that says muster up strength, will, and then go. That is how I have been for most of my life. I’m learning differently now, and have been doing so, step by step, for many years.

Others of us get mired in the softening, turning it to apathy and numbness. We never quite find a way through, choosing instead to keep moving – if we move at all – in the circular motion of a revolving door. Or we choose to sink into the cushions of our lives, not quite satisfied, but never quite believing there is more.

It doesn’t have to be this way. Clear direction comes from risking both decisive movement supported by strength, and by opening, relaxing our edges, and listening for what is present and what may come. Irritation may still be there, but it is not the only thing. The closed door has an opening as well. The details are important but they are not the whole story.  Something is waiting. Are we ready?

We can access our whole being, making our lives, and being made. 

I encourage us all to pause for a moment. Find the stillness at your core and breathe into that. Drop your attention. Listen. Sense. Taste. Soften.

Where is life leading you today? I look forward to reading your answers.

h/t to Umair Haque for saying: “being a leader is perhaps the toughest thing you can attempt. As you remake the world, it will remake you.”

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