Our Calling in Life

Good morning to all !  

As you might know, I am a great fan of author/poet – Mark Nepo.  His writing enlightens my heart to the everyday passing of life and makes me take notice of the ordinary things, people, events so that I take nothing for granted on my Journey.   

This week in his book – The Book of Awakening: Having the Life You Want by Being Present to the Life You Have , there was a daily reading that captured the very essence of Must Love Journey.  I have taken the liberty of italicizing several phrases that stand out to me – that make me recognize I must always have faith that my life is unfolding as it should if I just stay on the JOURNEY !  Because it is when we become aware of who we are called to be – that our heart and path become one.    

With Love and Gratitude, Jen 

OCTOBER 16

 Heart and Path

Look at every path closely and deliberately. Try it as many times as you think necessary. Then ask yourself, and yourself alone…. Does this path have a heart? If it does, the path is good. If it doesn’t, it is of no use.  

— CARLOS CASTANEDA

It takes six million grains of pollen to seed one peony, and salmon need a lifetime of swimming to find their way home, so we mustn’t be alarmed or discouraged when it takes us years to find love or years to understand our calling in life.

Everything in nature is given some form of resilience by which it can rehearse finding its way, so that, when it does, it is practiced and ready to seize its moment. This includes us.

When things don’t work out—when loves unexpectedly end or careers stop unfolding—it can be painful and sad, but refusing this larger picture keeps us from finding our resilience. Then, sadness can turn into discouragement, and pain can spoil into despair.

As the many grains of pollen birth the one flower and the many eggs spawned birth the one fish, each person we love and each dream we try to give life to brings us closer to the mystery of being alive. So, we must try as many times as necessary until our many loves become the one love, until our many dreams become the one dream, until heart and path feel the same

  • Sit quietly and bring to mind your disappointments of dream and love.
  • Breathe gently, and try not to be brought too fully into your sadness. 
  • Instead, breathe deeply and try to see each, not as a failure, but as a shimmering bead on a necklace your life is making. 
  • Breathe cleanly, and let these gems lead you to the next.
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