Courage to be fully alive

To take one step is courageous;
to stay on the path day after day,
choosing the unknown, and facing
yet another fear, that is nothing
short of grace.
— Danna Faulds

Danna Faulds is a brilliant poet and illuminator of the spiritual journey. I particularly resonate with this quote this week.

The spiritual journey is one that requires in infinite amount of courage. As we move through life, we build up bits of armor over our souls or our hearts to protect us from some of life’s elements that feel painful. A broken heart, a loss of some kind, a judgement from yourself or someone else, a perceived failure, a fear, all of this can make us retreat and become dull. We move through life in a certain way, perhaps protected from some potential injury, but also shielded from living a radiant life fully alive. I’m sure that you, like me, can, upon reflection notice the ways that you retreat - food? TV? drinks? the phone? even books can be a way to escape real life.

In no way am I advocating asceticism, but really the opposite. By dulling our hearts, we not only avoid the pain but we armor against the infinite source of light and love and energy which is all around us. By living in fear, by closing our hearts, we essentially say to the universe that we don’t trust in the divine flow, that we do not have faith that the path will guide us forward into something better and better.

Living in our culture, it is very easy to stay in the dull and protected state. It can sometimes feel day after day like living in some kind of muffled dream. When are we going to wake up and actually see the beauty and the gift of being alive in this moment. We were born to experience life, not to dull against it. Go outside, have fun with friends, allow yourself to love and be loved.

Courage indeed, but the fruits are well worth it.

Copyright 2019 Nancy C Murray

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Nancy C Murray is a yoga teacher, yoga therapist, Reiki master and spiritual leader.  She leads public and private yoga classes and healing sessions and also retreats and transformational journeys.

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