When we are confused, we want answers.
When we are lost, we so want to be found.
When we are lonely, we want to fill our moments with the chatter of anything, the television, the internet, with others.
When we feel empty, we want to fill the holes in our selves with food, alcohol, drugs, drama, etc.
When we are ill, we spend all our energies on wishing we felt better.
It’s difficult to sit in discomfort. It’s hard to accept the reality of what is. But while things generally resolves itself if we let it, it takes time.
“Care of the soul is not a project of self-improvement nor a way of being released from the troubles and pains of human existence. It is not at all concerned with living properly or with emotional health. There are the concerns of temporal, heroic, Promethean life…We care for the soul solely by honoring its expressions, by giving it time and opportunity to reveal itself, and by living life in a way that fosters the depth, interiority, and quality in which it flourishes.” – Thomas Moore, Care of the Soul
As Moore eloquently writes, by not judging our paths or focusing on the means to an end, we give ourselves the time, space and ability to let things unfold. And that’s where healing, growth and nourishing the soul takes place. It’s not in trying to cure or solve or fix, but in acceptance, forgiveness and realizing that whatever you’re feeling is right for the moment you’re in. It’s about letting things be.
Reading our posts this week may not fix what’s ailing you. It may not relieve you of your suffering. It may only temporarily minimize your discomfort. But through reading the experiences of our bloggers in the midst of their own struggles, perhaps you’ll remember that there is hope, support and purpose in the most difficult of moments.