Whilst I know on an intellectual level that my time on earth is finite and that I should ‘seize the day’, its easy for this stark truth to get buried under the weight of daily practicalities. Yet increasingly my days are interrupted by moments of beauty…a falling into reverie for this gift of Life.
As grace descends I feel the vulnerability of Life, of having a heart that feels pain. The pain of letting go or of witnessing the wild, unruly beast that tramples the fragile amongst us. Yet my heart knows that it is this very state of being unprotected that connects us to our sacred humanity.
It may take a moment or a whole lifetime to crack us open. To bring us into presence with the truth of who we are; for us to kneel at the alter of our life and give thanks for the many blessings we have received. Blessings that may be disguised as bad relationship choices, ill health, tragedy or just bad luck, which have forged us in the alchemical fires of Life.
Whether we go kicking and screaming, brought to our knees by suffering or willingly after years of spiritual practise – stripped of our defences and false sense of control we are brought to the same inner awareness; Life is a blessing and an initiation.
In my experience when we offer up our human endeavours in service to Divine Life, we come into alignment and open to its natural flow and abundance. Embracing the practise of allowing and letting go we return to the compassion and wisdom of the heart.
I am reminded of the words from Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom by John O’Donohue:
“When love awakens in your life, in the night of your heart, it is like the dawn breaking within you. Where before there was anonymity, now there is intimacy; where before there was fear, now there is courage; where before in your life there was awkwardness, now there is a rhythm of grace and gracefulness; where before you used to be jagged, now you are elegant and in rhythm with your self. When love awakens in your life, it is like a rebirth, a new beginning.”
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