It’s natural to want to make sense of the world. However, it’s important to acknowledge and revere the mystery of things. When there is discomfort with the mystery, striving appears. It can be framed as strength when it’s really an attempt to take matters into one’s own hands because trust is absent.
While there is value in being accountable, there is also value in noting that magic lives in the unknown. This is the difference between inspired action and fear-based action.
Striving abandons the senses- your sense of self, a sense of others and a sense of something larger attending to your needs.
Painful interactions can leave a void so deep that regaining wholeness seems impossible. But perhaps that type of excavation is ideal, in some respects.
Suppose a seed of hope is planted in this space. Maybe the vast emptiness creates the room for this seed to flourish and subsequently form the deepest, widest roots. Just maybe, it’s preparatory for something glorious to take hold.
Loneliness is a common experience. However, we often try to cure it with company-sometimes good, sometimes not. The quest for belonging is a basic need but we must have discernment when reaching for connection.
But beyond the comfort of belonging is the peace that comes from knowing you can always rest in the Divine. When you are reminded of this eternal union, then loneliness is less gripping. Your peace is independent of whether others are available to quell the longing or not.
The mind is often preoccupied with any number of fleeting thoughts or engrained stories. They pull attention away from the present moment and in the blink of an eye, you are operating within a trance. You can go through the motions missing everything along the way.
When you’re in automatic mode, you are not in a state of receptivity. You miss the opportunity for: joy, beauty, lightness, solution, and connection. It is only when you return to the present moment that possibility greets you once more.
This is the practice. Choose to return to your essence over and over again.