False Ground

I see it more and more. And I’ve experienced in my own life.

You get to a point where you look back and you ask yourself “Is this who I am? Is this bringing me life?”

I recently shared a poem with my friend, a poem that has helped me return when I’m looking back and I’ve realized I have been traveling over false ground (you’ll understand that phrase when you read the poem). She was expressing the desire to live a life that was more open and available, a life that wasn’t always caught in the “hustle”.

We move too fast sometimes. I’m all for leaps of the faith and going into the unknowns but it’s how we travel that matters as well. We can rush the process and when we do, we expend energy and we become tired, realizing something is out of alignment.

I don’t know what this could be for you but I’ve discovered this in a few areas of my own life, both personal and in my business.

I’m trying to slow down a bit. To get perspective. To find that center.

Anyhow, here is an excerpt from the poem I was talking about:

You have travelled too fast over false ground;
Now your soul has come to take you back.

Take refuge in your senses, open up
To all the small miracles you rushed through.

Become inclined to watch the way of rain
When it falls slow and free.

Imitate the habit of twilight,
Taking time to open the well of colour
That fostered the brightness of day.

Draw alongside the silence of stone
Until its calmness can claim you.
Be excessively gentle with yourself.

Stay clear of those vexed in spirit.
Learn to linger around someone of ease
Who feels they have all the time in the world.

Gradually, you will return to yourself,
Having learned a new respect for your heart
And the joy that dwells far within slow time.

– John O’Donohue, A Blessing For One Who Is Exhausted

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