Soul in the World
I began writing this newsletter on Thanksgiving Day. I thought I would begin with the theme of gratitude, but I have been reminded that this day holds many meanings. For many it is simply an opportunity to gather with family and share a meal. For some, it is a sad reminder of the plight of Native Americans in our country’s past and present. Others want to take some time to give thanks and express that in some way despite this day’s history. For many, it has become a day off work and a chance to get caught up on things at home, go hunting, create a Christmas shopping list and prepare to hit the Black Friday sales. Mixed feelings abound about what Thanksgiving Day represents. It seems important to remember that not all people view this day in the same way and for us to be respectful of our differences. Ideally, we want to extend this compassion to all aspects of life.
Life is perspective. So many things affect how we view the world, from our own genetic makeup and upbringing, to our current physical and mental health, and everything in between. At the same time, we need to be reminded that we should not believe everything we think. Who we have known ourselves to be is quite likely a very simplified and skewed version of who we are. We attach to the story of us, of others, and the world, and believe it to be true. Perhaps that seems easier. In doing so, however, we forget our true nature. We miss out on the mystery, the opportunity for growth, and in the end, we miss out on the real story. Meditation, mindfulness and times of retreat are about returning to what is real.
Pay attention to what is stirring within you this season. Carve out some time for exploration, reflection & renewal.