Poetic inspiration on priorities! Thank you Pat.
Messages that are simple yet profound, let me pause and connect me to my Middle Ground. These words from Joseph Campbell call out for some self reflection:
“If you can see your path laid out in front of you step by step, you know it’s not your path. Your own path you make with every step you take. That’s why it’s your path.”
” If the path you are on is clear, you’re probably on someone else’s.”
The ego seeks clarity and reassurance, so it will cling to what is known.
But the “tried and true” may not be for you.
Our true path is much more likely to take us into the unknown.
Be ready to step out …
breathe fully …
take one step at a time …
and let your true path unfold
Life is like riding a bike. However, it isn’t just about moving forward. If you want to live fully, there are three things you have to do!
(1) You have to steer. (2) You have to pedal (3) You have to keep your balance.
Maintaining the dynamic relationship between these three aspects are key to living life well.
- Its important to go in the direction you want otherwise you find yourself going round in circles. Be alert for obstacles ahead. Are you ready to change direction as needed?
- Watch your speed. Are you going too fast? Do you need to slow down?
- And of course, you need to have a sense of when you are in balance, so you won’t take a tumble and hurt yourself.
We shift priorities as things come up, but its up to us to find the dynamic between the 3 elements that works for us.
We can’t be told how to do this, but we figure it out as we go along.
How’s your ride going in the highs and lows of life?
Thanks to Tim Gallwey’s Inner Game series for the inspiration.
When I was training to become a life coach we did a lot of self discovery and exploration, in preparation for working with our clients. Part of the program was to create a vision for ourselves. At that time I was an intercultural trainer – working with people from different cultures to help them adjust to living and working in a new country. I was drawn to coaching to work with individuals through their transition and help them understand and accept differences, and thrive in a new environment.
“My vision is for a world where we understand one another, accept differences and are at peace. And it begins within ourselves.”
It was true 12 years ago and even more so today!
My journey has taken me from exploring the differences in countries and cultural groups around the world, to understanding how we communicate and empathize in relationship with each other, to learning about our inner thinking, filters and struggles within each of us …. and to a sense of coming home to the beautiful connectedness of us all.
My outer path is now one with the inner path. This is where I am meant to be.
Isn’t that what our life purpose is really about …. finding our path and coming home to ourselves.
We can only do this when we pause to connect with our inner being. When we find our Middle Ground.
This is what I want for you.
What is your vision for the world and your part in it?
This is not a post advocating Scottish Nationalism …. Its about inner freedom. Perhaps something even more elusive!
I’ve read that when our inner nature is truly free, we find within ourselves a wealth of treasure: love, joy and peace of mind. We aren’t thrown off by the highs and lows of life, or the stock market! We find freedom in our middle ground.
Albert Einstein explains it so clearly:
“A human being is part of the whole, called by us ‘Universe’; a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest—a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison.”
Einstein was raised by secular Jewish parents and described himself as agnostic. He believed in the connectivity of the universe and a higher consciousness but not in a personal god.
What he is expressing comes from science, yet resonates with the teachings of Jesus, Buddha and other faiths.
We are all on our path up the same mountain towards enlightenment where we find freedom, peace and a sense of oneness … What really matters is finding the path that feels right for each of us, being open to what unfolds and not judging the ways of others.