Saturday, January 26, 2008

Every Step Is Forward.

This arrived in my mailbox this morning and I am ever astounded at the accuracy and timing of either the Astrology or Daily OM messages in relation to my life most of the time.

Every Step Is Forward
No Going Back

There are times when we feel that we are spinning our wheels in the mud in terms of our spiritual progress. This can be especially true following a period of major growth in which we feel as if we’ve gained a lot of ground. In fact, this is the way growth goes—periods of intense forward movement give way to periods of what seems like stagnation. In those moments when we feel discouraged, it’s helpful to remember that we don’t ever really go backward. It may be that we are at a standstill because there is a new obstacle in our paths, or a new layer to get through, but the hard work we have done cannot be undone.

Every step on the path is meaningful, and even one that seems to take us backward is a forward step in the sense that it is what we must do to move to the next level. In addition, an intense growth spurt requires that we rest for a time in order to fully integrate the new energies that have been liberated by our hard work. When we feel we are not making progress, we can encourage ourselves to take a moment to rest. We can meditate more, feed ourselves well, and get extra sleep. Before we know it, we will be spurred on to work toward the next level of our development, and this rest will make sense then as something we needed in order to continue.

Once the sun rises, it doesn’t go backward but instead follows its path in one direction. It may appear to stand still for a moment in time, or to move more slowly at some point or another, but really it is steadily moving forward on its path. We are the same way, and once we have moved through something we can never really go back. We may be resting or revisiting issues that seem old, and it’s natural to feel stuck, but in truth we are always taking the next important step forward on our path.

And so another step is taken in the path of life. Not one by my choice but by the choice of another that I must live by. At the moment I feel empty, lost, and most of all numb. I can't contemplate the future or think about the past. It all hurts too much for that.

Some of the girls at Scrap Pile have been experiencing tough times lately. In an effort to give some guidance I wrote in the forum last week this message.....

"Life doesn't always take you in the directions you thought or sometimes even hope. Sometimes fate steps in and either herds you in a different direction or deals you what seems like a blow that you'll never recover from. The funny part is that things seem to work out in the end and no matter what you are older, wiser, stronger and sometimes surprisingly more ready for the next challenge than you anticipate. It's taken me 46 years to really know who I am and what I want and to actually be happy with the person I've become. Whatever the future holds for any of us, the most important thing is that you are happy. Find your passion and follow your heart. It's the best advice I could give anyone now. I'd rather die trying than try dying......"

Yesterday I died trying....

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