I've felt myself pull back a bit, draw into my Cancerian shell to nurse my sad heart. At the same time, life keeps pulling me out, calling me back out into the sun. And it's in this push and pull, that I think I can best honor my Aunt. She loved sweets, she loved children and she loved to be of service to others. By living a full and radiant existence, what better way can we keep someones essence alive?
Now, I've had a rather eclectic history in terms of faith, religion and spirituality. I've been to churches, synagogues, and Bahai assembly meetings, spoken with spirit guides, meditated, read about Wicca, you name it, I've probably been curious about it. Truly, I think there's value in something if it fills your heart and makes you a better person, right here and now on earth - hopefully, we can all agree on that. I don't know what happens after this lifetime, but I do know that I want to make the most of each day that I'm here on this incredible planet. I want to love and laugh and leave a legacy of that in the hearts and minds of my friends, family and students.
In practice this morning, we were using a Gandhi quote as a focal point:
"Happiness is when what you think, what you say and what you do are in harmony."
I think this quote is a really powerful jumping off point for considering the life you are leading. Day to day, moment to moment, are your actions aligned with your deepest values? Our time here on earth is fleeting, and while I believe we have to give ourselves time to explore, I don't think we've a single minute to waste in living our values, to the best of our ability, right now.
A teacher of mine, Eoin Finn, often talks about finding your life's mission, and how essential this is to leading a happy, purposeful life. The life mission is different than setting goals (which is awesome as well, but different). In a sense, identifying your life mission requires you to look for the "big picture" issues and elements that are most important to you. In his Blissology project book, Eoin actually encourages readers to imagine themselves on their death- bed, looking back at their life and reflecting on what mattered most to them, as a way of refining and clarifying the stuff your Life Mission is made of. I've worked through this before, and found it super empowering and insightful, and yet, I feel drawn to return to it, to retool and retouch, as life continues to change me.
So what do you think.....what illuminates your heart and soul? Are you living it now? How can we articulate and then bring to life that which is most important to us each as individuals? I don't have all the answers, but I do know that my yoga mat or getting out in nature are great places to start.
With love and Namaste,