Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding.
– Kahlil Gibran
Consciously connecting to the core of our being is advantageous to ourselves and others any time we can accomplish it. Unsurprisingly, the more stressful the situation we find ourselves in, the more difficult it is to even remember the existence of our radiant loving center, let alone connect to it. But when we do remember and connect to our spacious core in trying circumstances, it is correspondingly more potent and beneficial.
Attempting to recall our attentive core under such conditions is where the rubber meets the road in this journey. This is where the wounds, traumas, losses, betrayals, abandonments, and all the other tribulations we have suffered rise up to block our intention to access our core of awareness, love and strength. The deeply ingrained defensive habits that we have built up over the years to shield us from further pain make this a daunting challenge. This is the obstacle course we must navigate, and we will experience both advances and reversals as we do.
This expedition will not, cannot, be traveled only on smooth paths with friendly hosts. We must traverse rough passages, meet our demons head on, and courageously go forward. As we face our internal obstructions and work our way through and around them, we clear out and open up the channels to our central core, allowing our innate curiosity, kindness and courage to flow more freely into our daily lives and our relationships with others.
The methods we engage to confront our psychological and emotional afflictions vary widely depending on our personal history, beliefs, and accessible resources. Some of us will benefit from various disciplines of professional guidance. Wise and caring friends and family can be enormously helpful. Countless self-help practices and routines can aid our journey, from meditation and yoga to time spent in nature, journaling, and nutrition.
A major component of Earthpost.net is presenting and exploring exercises, tools and techniques that I have found particularly useful in this quest, and inviting you to share your experiences and suggestions.
The key point here is this: Whatever forms of healing we partake in, if we pursue that work within a framework of awakening and reconnecting to the center of our being – where we are now and always have been whole – our healing and growth will be expedited.
As we gain a clear and vivid image of the destination we are seeking – our core of awakened, expansive goodness – and keep our eyes on that prize, we will reach our goal day by day, the inevitable setbacks notwithstanding. Results both tangible and subtle will be realized at every stage.
In today’s troubled world, engaging the challenge of connecting to the attentive core in ourselves, our fellow human beings, and all of life is more important than ever.