A friend recently asked how my writing was going – she hadn’t heard anything of late. I wrote back “I don’t seem to have anything to say at present” . . . but today I feel I do!
I think we would all agree that we are in challenging times, globally and personally. The times seem to be eliciting two responses. On the one hand I observe anger at the ‘perpetrators’ and / or reaching for a ‘saviour’ of some description. On the other hand I see a determination to ‘be the change’ – to do the individual inner work that creates the ground for a new way of living, for the many.
As death approaches, these same responses are often evident – an outward grasping for a cure, or for someone or something to blame, or an inward movement towards acceptance of what is, and reconciliation with others.
Stephen Jenkinson reminds us often of the need to “do the work of dying”. Right now I believe we’re being called to ‘do the work of living’.
I agree with Mattias Desmet whom I understand to be saying that the turmoil we are going through at present, and may do so for some time yet, holds the deepest possibility for our becoming all we can be – for finding the real depth and breadth of what it means to be human. And this is about connection – to our inner essence, to each other, to the natural world around us, and to the Mystery that lies behind life.
This has me wanting to say: Blessings on all that is happening! Blessings on us all as we navigate life, here, now!