I’ve certainly had my fair share of unexpected life-changing moments, including over the last 18 months with a car crash triggering an incurable health condition and the sudden death of my father.
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; it really feels like life will 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 and imagine a different future for ourselves and our world?
My approach to all of this is grounded in a wholehearted commitment to a conscious, open and receptive way of being, living and working.
This has led me to a greater pause than ever before to prioritise deep listening so that right action arises from being in alignment with my depth in order to respond skilfully to the current reality.
Taking up permanent residence in my Inner Seat is giving me the strength 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.
Instead I’m engaging in a living inquiry to allow 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 the presence we have and the influence of that on those around us and the world at large.
One of my most significant discoveries has been to pay attention first and foremost to who I am being in order to help others more effectively and make a genuine difference in people’s lives.
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 would 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?