an invitation in the new year

What a man takes in by contemplation, that he pours out in love.

 – Meister Eckhart

As I watch the first snow of the season fall from the sky, I cannot help reflecting on the beauty of it and what it compels us to do, if we will allow it – to slow down, breathe, observe and reflect/contemplate.

The snow is quiet. It falls ever so softly from the clouds above. And yet, the planet it falls upon is anything but soft and quiet. This juxtaposition gives me pause…as I seek to stay out of despair. Compassion for the worst behaviors among our fellow humans is, at times, extremely tough to dig for and offer. Yet, these are the moments and places that call to me from the wounds within – the places which are still hurting; the places where perhaps traces of grief, unprocessed, still exist.

As I continue to cultivate my inner observer, I’ve begun to notice a few things that I wish to offer here…with an invitation for you to consider their meaning, from your perspective or experience. Comments are always welcome, and I believe that the more we explore together – which this medium allows us to do without being in the same room – the more we learn with the possibility of evolving our perspectives on long held thoughts or beliefs.

These words  – without definitions – have been floating around in my mind as I consider the state of the country I live in at this moment.

Authenticity
Conformity
Projection
Responsibility
Fear
Love

I could write so much more about each of these, to offer my perspectives on and my observations and feelings about them. However, I wish to leave the door between us for conversation to be open without my perspectives to filter them.

I do wish to offer that fear keeps us from engaging with others in a variety of ways. So I hope you will trust yourself and me enough to offer your thoughtful perspectives on any or all of these. I feel that if we hold hands as we cross the deep chasm that seems to divide us from ourselves and us from each other, we will make it to the other side – more fully ourselves – open hearts, open arms and open minds.

Thank you for being here.

Sending my love to each of you, wherever you may be, in this new year.

Let my soul smile through my heart and my heart smile through my eyes, that I may scatter rich smiles in sad hearts.

 – Paramahansa Yogananda

 

4 thoughts on “an invitation in the new year

  1. What a beautiful space you live in to feel the silence and around you and understand deeply the power in this moment. Beautiful reflections for the year ahead Carrie. I too will consider each word. 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Karen. I appreciate that you will consider each word from your awareness and experience. If you wish to share any reflections or perspectives on them, I invite you to return and post them. 🙏🏻💕

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  2. Thank you for this, Carrie, especially today. I, too, am seeking to stay out of despair. It’s so very hard to do at times. And yet, there are glimmers of hope here and there, people living from the heart/love rather than from fear. I read something today (from George Lakoff) about the way we are divided, into “conservatives” and “liberals,” and how it might boil down to “conservative” beliefs being based in the Strict Father model of family whereas “liberal” beliefs are based in the Nurturant Parent model. These require different ways of reasoning which makes it hard to reach out with “truth” or “authenticity” or “facts” when dealing with beliefs and fear. I don’t know. Perhaps it’s more labeling, something I’m not sure is helpful, but it did give me pause for thought.

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    1. Thank you for sharing the additional perspective on the ways in which our populations seems to be aligned right now. I really don’t see it as labeling…perhaps more of an attempt to apply what is widely known in multiple fields of study, to help us all better understand what we see and experience. We name…that is how we remember and better understand. I have decided to take another news vacation…and I hardly ever watched or read it. I feel that contemplating the words in my post may help some of us find our way to what is real about ourselves as humans on the planet now, and maybe – just maybe – begin to recognize the depth of consensus conditioning that has played a significant role in getting us to where we are in this moment. Lakoff’s perspective seems aligned with several different ways of viewing our collective. It’s all fascinating, especially as I step further away to observe it all.

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