My teacher Jean Houston wrote: “Regardless of how unfulfilled our lives may seem, regardless of how meager our self-esteem, we are called into greatness by the necessity of our age and have little choice but to say “Yes.” In the midst of the turmoil of too-rapid change, an extraordinary light has arisen. Factors unique in human history are poised to help us become more than we thought we ever could be.”
That seems so hopeful to me!
And Friday night, looking for the new Wanda Urbanska book (The Heart of Simple Living: 7 Paths to a Better Life ) I came across Sleeping Naked Is Green: How an Eco-Cynic Unplugged Her Fridge, Sold Her Car, and Found Love in 366 Days by Vanessa Farquharson. It’s exciting because:
- She WAS a cynic, now is personally involved in sustainability
- She looks WAY young on the book jacket – love having the young ones lead the way!
- It’s step by step, simple things to do (all simple, not all easy….)
- and hey- she found love! what’s not to like?
So those two thoughts combined for me on this hot Independence Day morning – what if it’s really true that “we are the ones we’ve been waiting for” and that God/the Universe/the cultural imperative/the angels are there to help us shift along?
I replied to Jean’s Facebook post (you really should follow her on Facebook – you’ll get profound teachings for free!) that in the beginnings of the Second Wave of Feminism back in the 1970s we said “the personal IS the political”.
So what if all I have to do is tune in (meditation, prayer, nature), ask for guidance, and follow it.
In my life right now that looks like a big emphasis on changes vis-a-vis
- sustainability/environmentalism (I’ve written about that here – click on the tag cloud for some posts)
- health. Oh my – this one is kicking my butt right now – but working on nutrition/exercise changes and getting more focused and serious about taking better care of my body (I’ll write soon about Geneen Roths’ Women Food and God: An Unexpected Path to Almost Everything which I”m nearly done reading….)
- simplicity and being more fully present. I think of myself as non-materialistic and living a simple life. Yet there are so many areas for growth for me in this regard. And being more fully present in each moment helps ALL of my goals. Hard to turn the A/C down to 72 or eat that brownie or ignore the person in front of me asking for attention when I’m zoned out.
That’s what I’m focusing on for now. Trying to learn, change, grow (quickly – it doesn’t feel like we have so much time, as the ice caps melt…). And trying to have fun while at it. I”m with Emma Goldman on that one: “If I can’t dance, I don’t want to be in your revolution.”
How about you? What do you think of Jean’s quote? How are you being called into greatness?