Clarity in this life can be elusive. That seems only natural when the air around us is filled with unseen signals sending digital and analog information, with noise from earbuds and/or automobiles, with smells of burning oil — to name a few of our distractions. Sit with this busy, distracted image for a bit. How do you feel?
Now go to your cabin in the woods. Smell the mountaintop air. Hear the wind through the trees. Sit in the darkness lit only by the crackling fire. Hold the warm beverage in your hands. Welcome a friend to sit near you. Listen to her share her soul. Let your heart open. Speak your own truths. Experience laughter. Shed tears. Sit in silence, together.
After the Holy Listening retreat I had the honor to experience this past weekend, of one thing I am quite sure. As a child of God, one purpose of my life here is that I am here to live in the present moment with an honest, open heart. Above all things, I am to love. This seems only natural when sitting by the fire in the quiet of the evening. I can almost feel that two friends together are not alone. Even when sitting by myself, I do not feel alone. The presence of Spirit is strong, almost palpable.
Even returning to the daily round, nothing changes but my own perception. If I can cut through the chatter of our society, let alone the chatter in my own mind, the stillness, the clarity is ever-present. My purpose hasn’t changed. Spirit hasn’t disappeared.
I have a feeling this is something we all have in common.