Ripples #882: The Journey of Un-Becoming.
Apr 18, 2016
Maybe the journey isn’t so much about becoming anything. Maybe it’s about un-becoming everything that isn’t really you, so you can be who you were meant to be in the first place.
-unknown (found via @PurposeFairy), shared by Pat in Brueggerton, Cliftonia
Stop trying to heal yourself, fix yourself, even awaken yourself. Let go of letting go. Stop trying to fast-forward the movie of your life, chasing futures that never seem to arrive. Instead, bow deeply to yourself as you actually are. Your pain, your sorrow, your doubts, your deepest longings, your fearful thoughts, are not mistakes, and they aren’t asking to be healed. They are asking to be held. Here, now, lightly, in the loving arms of present awareness.
-Jeff Foster shared by Stephany near Cherokee Marsh, WI
We are, each of us, on a journey.
Many people believe that their particular path was either divinely designed just FOR them, or on some level chosen BY them for the unique combination of lessons and opportunities it offers. You could say it is the Trip of a Lifetime, and whether your itinerary was created by the Great Travel Agency Above, self-selected, or simply randomly assigned, it is most assuredly up to US to make the most of the adventure.
Michelangelo described his process of sculpting as seeing a statue in an ordinary block of marble and then chipping away the excess material until the figure was revealed. Perhaps this week’s quotes are an invitation to shift away from viewing life as a series of “we must make something of ourselves” obligations and instead imagining a sampling of “let’s reveal our natural splendor” opportunities.
I propose we purposefully pause the momentum of go, go, go and grow, grow, grow this week; let’s catch our breath and unpack some of the baggage we’ve been lugging around. We can leave behind any past hurts, broken promises, unrealistic expectations, and expired dreams that have slowed us down which will allow us to travel lighter and freer and perhaps have a little extra room for new trinkets and possibilities along the way.
Enjoy the next leg of your trip, and send me a postcard along the way!
The Ripples Guy