12 May 2017
Presence is a state of inner spaciousness. ~Eckhart Tolle
Life is dynamic. As bits of the cosmos, we are dynamic. Ever-changing like the warp and weave of spacetime. To begin again gives us a chance to get current. To take stock of who we actually are now.
We harbor old tapes. I have ideas about my appearance that sprung directly from the girl who sat behind me in 5th grade and enjoyed tugging my ponytail and whispering mean-spirited things.
She still ripples through my personal spacetime, but when I notice this I have a chance to choose different voices. Perhaps my own. I can ask myself, ‘Who am I today? In this moment, what do I value?’
This week, a friend inspired me to play with the alphabet as an entrance into exploring inner landscapes. The game is to randomly choose three letters from the alphabet and spontaneously name a character trait or emotion that begins with each one of those letters. Then, poke around into each. Is this trait or emotion something I admire and want to cultivate, or not? Do other people tell me I have that quality? Do I agree or not? Why? Can I be sure? What do I know about myself in relation to that quality in this moment?
Like the universe we are part of contains many unsolved mysteries, we, too, are full of enigmas we might never understand. But, beginning again, fresh and open with ourselves, creates intimacy within that provides space and authenticity for intimacy beyond.
Maybe you’ll have fun playing with letters, too. What is your alphabet of now?