The frame pictured above hangs over my desk and has so now for many years.
It was only till yesterday that I kept hearing the words “this precious life” ringing in my ears that I took the frame down and noticed the meaning of these words again. Sometimes we have to live a while before we notice how important the little things are. How words take shape within us and become rooted in our being as teachers.
I remember the time I hung this frame. These words held a light in the dark for me. Over the last six years this deeper meaning has played a significant role in my life and my work. As I read them now aloud to myself I am filled with a deep sense of gratitude. Indeed they have influenced me, my practice, and my service through my work in the world. Every morning I wake now with one hand on my my heart and remember to thank the day for the preciousness of life.
How we come to define the preciousness of life is a personal matter. One which comes about by what we value. What we hold sacred and dear to us. And what we come to believe holds a deeper meaning for us out there in the world. I sometimes think it’s the poet in each of us that knows this marrow and depth best.
Our duty is not to grasp at the meaning or the value of life, but to continually become curious about how we can generate more of it. Simultaneously setting it free with appreciation for the gifts that come with sharing it openly with others. Hearts and Minds.
The ancients knew this well. They knew that to give freely from the heart was a sign of trust in the basic goodness of life and that the goodness of life was plentiful.
Today it seems we have forgotten what abundance feels like. We grasp for the meaning outside of ourselves. Checking our Instagram, Facebook, or local pharmacy for the next thing to satisfy our hunger for meaning, solace, connection. Riddled with a cultural phenomenon, whereby it has seemingly become easier to cling to familiarity of hardship or blame so that we can (consciously or unconsciously) find restitution in the excuse of staying small. Sometimes hiding behind the problems we face and claim they are just too big for us - one person - to amend.
But if we are to consider, for a moment, all the ways in which each of us stands up for the things we love, we can also find the common ground upon which we can stand up for each other now. In this present moment we have the choice to stand up for something better, to stand for the truth in our hearts, and speak it out loud now. It is not enough to simply claim the injustice, we must make it visible. To find the courage and the stamina to witness and to practice remembering our connection to the basic goodness of life. Tara Brach calls this a practice of “Good Othering: Helping Each Other Trust In the Gold”. Each and every act of loving-kindness helps change the atmosphere of consciousness and helps shape our world for the better. And it is through our awareness we will achieve such a recognition.
Our deep hearts know we no longer have the luxury to stay ignorant of the pain of others.
We have known the power of one individual. We remember them often as Christ, Buddha, Mother Mary, Maya Angelou, Saint Theresa, Martin Luther King. They all knew the truth of the one and that the one speaks for the many. They knew and they believed in a vision for a far more beautiful and just world. They trusted in the truth of this and acted because of it. They believed in our common belonging.
To remember this deep connection to the preciousness of life offers us a way through (though a long winding road it may seem to be) to healing, towards greater wholeness. This is the level of faith, I believe, life is asking of us today. To believe in, remember and trust in the gold. To believe in yourself, and one another, is to begin to change the conscious environment of the world.
This is why I have come to believe that the most important act we can take is to draw nearer and closer to knowing and feeling the preciousness of life. To let this delicate wisdom into our hearts and become wise to how powerful we really are. In this way we become the stewards of Life itself.
Mary Oliver knew this well.
Coming home to Oneself is coming home to the preciousness of Ones life. When we become aware life becomes awake and alive. It is the way we come to understand our purpose, our unique role, in this ever unfolding madness and wonder.
To bring our individual gifts forward is not just destiny, it is our spiritual responsibility.
To know thyself is to come closer to the essence of what life longs for in you. To know and to share this with others is the way of our mutual belonging and how we can become responsible agents for change in the world.
Cherishing the remembrance that we are not separate from each other. That we are connected and more the same than different. It is through this remembrance that we become activists for the ever expanding reality that is asking us to trust in guidance of our own human spirit.
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