So yesterday an article came to my attention via Facebook>via Huffington Post>via a blog by a clearly very wonderful woman, mother and blogger Charlotte Kitley.
The article is one of those pieces that stills you where you stand-The Authors’ choice of words; the hyper-real picture they painted in my mind and the depths to where it reached really brought me to a very present and open place. There were tears- for Charlotte and her beloved family and then of course whilst I am reading the article the sound of three 8 year old boys concocting a world of fierce imagination, complete with their own buoyant energy and joy, join my senses in this (feels like 5 minutes) journey I am going on and serve to plant me even further into the present. The acute awareness of the extreme vulnerability of living and knowing that this too shall pass. THIS living.
And then because the robots in the inter-web are so cute and quick on the ball, they proffer a recommendation to read a poem written recently by Clive James, on his letting go of his living phase into….who knows what.
Rather than feeling the weight of suffering and pain, both of these articles brought an even more vibrant quality to my day. None of us wishes for anyone to be living any less than they are now.
This beautiful poem encapsulates the wishes we have for ourselves, our children, our friends, our families. To become who we are.
Awakening Now by Danna Faulds
Why wait for your awakening?
The moment your eyes are open, seize the day.
Would you hold back when the Beloved beckons?
Would you deliver your litany of sins like a child’s collection of sea shells, prized and labeled?
“No, I can’t step across the threshold,” you say, eyes downcast.
“I’m not worthy” I’m afraid, and my motives aren’t pure.
I’m not perfect, and surely I haven’t practiced nearly enough.
My meditation isn’t deep, and my prayers are sometimes insincere.
I still chew my fingernails, and the refrigerator isn’t clean.
“Do you value your reasons for staying small more than the light shining through the open door?
Now is the only time you have to be whole.
Now is the sole moment that exists to live in the light of your true Self.
Perfection is not a prerequisite for anything but pain.
Please, oh please, don’t continue to believe in your disbelief.
This is the day of your awakening.
Live MORE! Laugh MORE! Love MORE! Be MORE! That’s what I say!
Love Ru! x