The pandemic has shut down many things, this is true, but nature was still operating as nature does--and in some ways better. Maybe I was, too. Certainly my heart, mind and body hadn’t shut down. Maybe things were healing, like what was happening around the planet.
Time being diverted from usual distractions, plus a deepening commitment to practice and staying engaged in the moment, has opened up a lot of novel subtle experiences that weren’t available in my previous fast paced life. What was the nature of my being while on the cusp of and in the midst of re-opening parts of our community?
I was pleasantly surprised with what I discovered! These are just a few insights from that experiential inquiry:
I don't know about you, but I’m reluctant to “return to normal.” These new insights and experiences offer a path to more delight, meaning and fulfillment. If a majority of my efforts in life are about finding meaning and happiness and those ways aren't working--for myself and others--then why, oh why, should I? Why would I want to altar that path and let it cover back over with the detritus of old ways? No, it’s time for redefining not only on an individual level, but on broader, community level, because my guess is I'm not alone.
I’m curious to know, what is opening up for you at this time? Are you anxiously and excitedly looking to return to how things were, or is there a new path opening that is more inviting? I'd love if you'd share your discoveries here so we can learn together!
(P.S. If you'd like to explore this moment and your direction more fully, you may want to register for the upcoming "Sowing Seeds of Intention" half day retreat. It may be a perfect time to explore, clarify and commit to a more fulfilling path forward!)
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