A charmed life recoils at the first sign of instability lurking around the bend or perhaps even casting it’s gaze from the very table on which we eat, peering dauntless at the vast horizon we aspire to conquer.
It is our own destiny we fight and struggle against, creating the tensions that serve to elongate a sense of victory in the attainment of something outside ourselves. And yet, our understanding of ‘self’ as separate may indeed be an elaborate illusion—a hoax of the most awesome variety.
Holding fast to the many stories of our past, we can portray a falsehood leaping forth over the illusory chasm and into the eyes of those across from us. At what point do our desires to create our world in the model of grace, become an over-manipulation on the source code of being?
Sanity is a fickle friend dancing cold upon the edge of the buildings grown tall in the cities of our mind. When it rains, the dance seems to intensify adding layers of possible calamity to an already vicarious existence.
Perhaps it is our only gesture to find a ground in the midst of the chaos and to plant ourselves firmly in the whirlwind without being swept by it, wildly. Or maybe it is better to embrace the madness and allow ourselves to be cast about, only to find ground when the wind ceases.
But what if the wind does not find an end?
How will we be able to choose a life grounded in sustainable well-being and purpose if we cannot choose to plant our flag and build our home solidly on the ground, even in the wildest of storms?
We can here, take a lesson from the trees. Watch and see how the many great trees of our planet stand tall, their trunks and main branches remaining strong and steadfast, never moving but an inch even in the strongest of winds. Meanwhile, their smaller branches and the leaves that adorn them are in a fervent and constant dance with the chaos of the world around them.
This is the medicine we need in the face of our own life’s chaos. We must feel our center strong, solid, and deeply grounded, rooted in the knowing of our own clarity, all the while allowing the extremities of our being to dance freely with the winds abound.
Perhaps this is the greatest power we can hold in the face of life many challenges.