Embracing the New Emerging You
“Open yourself to heaven and earth, then trust your natural responses; and everything will fall into place.”
“Whatever you can do, or dream you can, Begin it.
Boldness has genius, power and magic in it, Begin it now.”
—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
With the arrival of spring, bright pink, lavender, and yellow blossoms flourish; green sprouts emerge from beneath the mucky soil; buds on branches press forth tiny new leaves; chirping birds sing in the early morning light; and the world awakens from its long winter slumber.
The same can be true for our lives. Like a snake shedding its skin, we continually transform the old to make way for the new. Such shedding is not always by choice, but it is often necessary and, in many cases, inevitable. Children leave home for college, career goals shift, parents age or become ill, relationships end, friendships form, retirement arrives, people we dearly love die, and babies are born—life’s rejuvenating cycles swirl around us with loss, birth, decay, death, and new growth. As the poet Mary Oliver says in Morning Poem, “Every morning, the world is created…whether or not you have ever dared to be happy, whether or not you have ever dared to pray.”
Each day, we begin our lives anew. Each morning we rise again to join the rest of creation in this mysterious, cosmic dance. And even though our yesterdays may hover in our memories like sunlight shining through the glass, they are not ours to grasp.
Who are you today? What calls your heart to action? What speaks to the inner Spirit of your being? What grief needs to be healed? What gifts are waiting to be brought forth from within you? What sparks your deepest joy?
This is the day to emerge from the safety of your cocoon. Your wings may not yet have felt the gentle breeze, but they are here now, unfolding, waiting to support your glide through life’s invisible currents. Marianne Williamson has aptly said, “We are all meant to shine, as children do… And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.”
Trust that what you know is enough. Trust that you are right where you need to be. Trust that all that has happened in your life is not all that you are.
What is emerging in the tender soft underbelly as old skin is shed? In what direction is life leading you? What within you has changed?
The journey of your soul knows the answers to your questions. Life is beckoning you to take time away from the chaos and clutter of your mind.
Listen to your heart.
“Remember that wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure.”
(Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist)
In joy and gratitude,
Diana J. Ensign
Aligning With Your Purpose
Date: Saturday, May 2, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Location: The Church Within
1125 Spruce St.
Indianapolis, IN 46203
It’s easy to get caught up in the busyness of our lives. We may feel as though we simply don’t have time to live our purpose (or even figure out what that means). Yet, it’s hugely important to step back and allow moments for self-reflection: Why are you here? What can you do to make a difference? What small steps will lead you down the path meant for you? In this workshop we’ll explore these questions and more. Suggested donation: $20 (includes copy of book Traveling Spirit).
Why the Work We do Matters (guest speaker)
Date: Sunday, May 3, 2015, 10:30 am
Location: Heartland Unitarian Universalist Church
9870 North Michigan Road, Suite B
Carmel, IN 46032
(Located at the back of the parking lot, behind the Enterprise Car Rental)
“What you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it” —Mahatma Gandhi
It’s easy to talk about spiritual principles—such as justice, compassion, acceptance of one another, a world community of peace—and quite another thing to live out those principles in our every day lives.
Join Diana for worship on Sunday, May 3, 10:30 am, as we explore tools to help us do the work in the world we are called to do.