Tag Archives: Purpose

Wisdom: I’m with Her

Horicon MarshA vacation and growing involvement in climate change efforts, while enjoyable and fulfilling, have sadly lessened my blog reading and also reduced my writing during these summer months.

Recently I traveled North to Wisconsin for a family re-union.  In addition to escaping  another round of excessive heat and humidity, here in the Ozarks, I relished being able to swim, play, soak in the sun, star gaze, hike, and rest on the earth unencumbered by chiggers and snakes and the demands of employment and other everyday responsibilities.

Sure, I had to give some thought to strategies for the next round of Capture the Flag (kids vs adults), but other than that, I was free to enjoy the good company and let my mind and feelings move where they would.  What a blessing.

Upon returning home I happened to read two op-eds in the weekly local paper, The Independent.  One discussed the hard won power to vote; the other urged a dawning of compassion as essential for precipitating climate change action.

Fresh from my relaxing Nature immersion, I responded with a Letter to the Editor emphasizing that every moment, every thought, every action is an opportunity to vote.  A chance to cast a ballot for the health of the Earth and, thus, for the health of ourselves and future generations.  A chance to say I am with Her, our Planet.  This kind of voting and Earth loving is a simple connection in theory and in heart, but not necessarily easy to put into practice, given our consumerist, fossil fuel past and present.  Still, I like to try.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Endurance: Find and Commit to Your Story

daffodilsSpring peepers and fearless hail-battered daffodils saturate the Ozarks with vernal song and color. They exude Existence.  Confidently, naturally, playing their parts in the Season’s theatrical emergence.

How to do we find our way to such certitude of Being and Expression? How do we discover, claim, grow, and re-grow into our individual Sacred Role, our Natural Niche, as we and our life circumstances shift and mature within the Planet’s rapidly evolving narrative?

Blogger Christa Rose Avampato recently offered a wise post on the subject of change and life purpose, emphasizing the necessity of perseverance, alertness, and self-awareness.

I add the suggestion of paying attention to the archetypal stories and deep-sourcing myths whose symbols appeal to the imagination and stir the Heart’s curiosity.   Hero?  Warrior?  Healer? Mother? Bard?  Traveler?  Fire Keeper? Chalice? Dagger? Rose? Desert? Mountain Top?

Dropping into a character’s essence and mission evokes hints of our own potentiality and direction.  Thoughtfully considered in relation to current life circumstances, these intimations catalyze Self-clarity and prepare us to choose.  To act day by day. Stretching.  Experimenting.  Building endurance of Being and Expression. Claiming our role.  Perhaps even glimpsing Life’s guiding Intention and affirming our place therein.

I’m currently delving into stories of alchemists and the Great Healing.  I feel this is not a final myth for me, but rather a much-needed transitional one, urging transfiguration of fears blocking full action on long-held writing aspirations.  It’s not an easy role for me, but what heart-worthy effort is?

What myths or approaches keep you in touch with your purpose?