I’ve certainly had my fair share of unexpected life-changing moments including what has felt like a quantum acceleration of transformation over the last couple of years.
Yet these turning points have never coincided so directly before with the worldwide wave of change we’re experiencing at this epic time in history; life will truly never be the same again.
Alongside the immense disruption and distress, there is a Great Awakening occurring, and this exceptional combination of factors seems to me to be a clear call for a whole new way forwards.
The question is, how will we respond to that call?
Will old patterns that have so obviously failed to serve the greater good continue to dominate our agendas and keep us stuck in fear and programmed to strive endlessly for more?
Or will the intensity cut through the noise and prompt us to accept this extraordinary invitation to review how we show up in order to make conscious choices and manifest a different future for ourselves and our world?
My approach is grounded in a deep commitment to a conscious, aligned and wholehearted way of being, living and working.
This has led me to take a greater pause than ever before to prioritise deep listening so that Right Action arises from being in alignment with my soul as the highest priority.
Having taken up permanent residence in my Inner Seat, a deep sense of calm has become the foundation for me to ride the waves as the storm clears out the old to make way for the new.
Doing Less and Being More
I’m also keenly aware of not limiting possibilities by jumping too quickly to conclusions about what might happen and how things might turn out – individually and globally.
Instead I’m engaging in a living inquiry and allowing the process to unfold and new paradigms to arise through who I am being as the source of whatever I do.
Doing less and being more has never felt so important!
Presence and Influence
However simple that sounds, it isn’t always easy, especially on the back of an up-bringing based on being busy as the norm and seeing self-worth reflected in achievement and action.
Yet having an emphasis on being doesn’t mean remaining in a completely passive state.
Instead it’s an orientation that gives rise to Right Action instead of busyness, and a refined quality of presence that has a beneficial influence on those around you and the world at large.
One of my most significant discoveries from many years of spiritual practice has been to pay attention first and foremost to my state of being in order to make the greatest contribution.
A calm, centred and compassionate state creates an internal anchor that keeps me grounded and strengthens my resilience no matter what the external circumstances may be.
Learning to be gentle and take care of myself adds to the positive ripples which spread far more widely than I’d ever have imagined possible in days gone by.
Path to Freedom
The magnitude of this moment has prompted me to share this brief overview of how I’m interpreting and responding to the scenario we’re currently facing.
We all have to find our own way through the challenges of our individual situations; yet it’s absolutely apparent that we’re all in this together.
I understand how easy it is for everyday issues to consume our time and energy.
Nevertheless, this opportunity to review what truly matters and re-structure our lives to be increasingly in alignment with that undoubtedly leads to freedom.
Bring You Alive
As David Whyte expresses with elegant simplicity in the final lines of his poem Sweet Darkness:
anything or anyone
that does not bring you alive
is too small for you.
How will you respond to the call?