No more procastination
Lees ek hierdie pragtige stukkie skrywe van Venessa Hurst raak.
Die wekroep vir eenders denkende, progressiewe siele om wakker te word en saam te staan teen die aanslae wat dreig om ons medemenslikheid (en ons Aarde) te vernietig, word al sterker.
Soos sy sê: “Let’s be authentically awake and courageously compassionate as we tend an inclusive garden where all are welcome.”
Today is the day. No more procrastination. No more excuses. No more stuck in who I am so that I forget who you are. Today is the day to be my authentic self so you can shine your authenticity. Today is my day…and yours.
We have been collectively shaken awake. No longer living in a world where everything is okay, we cannot longer afford to be wrapped in the comfortable blanket of our illusions. Wide awake, we notice that while we thought we were wrapped in a comforting blanket; in fact, we have been embedded in the cracks of a shattered window of illusions. Not only is everything not okay, we are pushed from complacency and propelled into the uncertain.
No longer content to walk this field of life, our authentic self-demands we be change agents. In fact, our hands itch to turn over the soil in the ground of our being and plant seeds of a new, better way. We ask our self, “What are the little things — what seeds can I plant today that will bear fruit in the tomorrows?” And, then, carefully picking through the seeds, we cast aside those that are illusion-bearing. With each seed set aside, we agree to stop living with illusions and honestly walk our soul talk.
Choosing seeds take courage. We have no real idea what relationships might fall away when we stop being what we are not what the ground of our being calls us to be. It takes more than a little courage and a lot of curious daring to take the next step as we plant those seeds of authentic presence. And, it takes daily doses of self-compassion to nurture the seedlings into full growth.
Seeds planted, we do not stop tending to the garden of our spirit. We weed and water as we remove the illusions and bring life to who we truly are. Although we are not quite sure exactly what we are growing, we trust that with curious daring and courage we will see our transformation from seed to authentically flourishing garden.
During growth, we breathe deeply of the fecundity in our spirit. The roots grow deeply to stabilize who we authentically know our self to be. Awash in the growing abundance, it becomes easier to let go the harsh words and actions of our self and others. We see our self and others clearly and respond with clarity.
With clarity comes choice. We decide what to allow, the authentic or the illusion, into the garden of our spirit. We decide whether to welcome the purity of intent or the pollution of illusion. We choose. And, in choosing, we let go of our preconceived notions and perceptions of how our life needs to look. We let go of people, situations, and circumstances that no longer have a place in our garden.
Weeding is perhaps the most difficult part of gardening for authenticity. Each weed pulled creates suffering. It is often difficult to let go of illusions that are comfortable even when they are not life giving. When we let go of illusions, each plucked weed becomes compost — the stuff born of suffering nourishes our ground and provides the sustenance of transformation.
We have been collectively shaken awake. We are aware of the blight in the gardens of our individual souls and in the garden of our collective spirit. Do. Not. Go. Back. To. Sleep. Apprentices, Journey(wo)men, and Master Gardeners alike have many rows to till and seeds to plant. Let’s get started in letting go of the illusions and nurturing what is real.
Let’s be authentically awake and courageously compassionate as we tend an inclusive garden where all are welcome.