“The second half of life presents a rich possibility for spiritual enlargement, for we are never going to have greater powers of choice, never have more lessons of history from which to learn, and never possess more emotional resilience, more insight into what works for us and what does not, or a deeper, sometimes more desperate, conviction of the importance of getting our life back….” (1)
Richard Rohr nails it, my friends. We now have experience on our side, emotional maturity, insight and conviction. Taking our life back from the clutches of family, friends, clergy, co-workers, tribe, and ego is the end result of becoming what the supreme universal energy has intended for us from the beginning. It is a concept presented by Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung as individuation – not self-indulgence or individualism, rather surrender of our ego’s agenda of security and emotional reinforcement in favor of humbling service to the soul’s intent.
Do you know what the soul’s intent is? Do I? Some could say, “Yes, of course. My faith, my theology, my religion has taught me everything I need to know about soul.”
Really? Then you would also know that your soul’s intent is for you to have a meaningful experience today and every day for the rest of your life. Yes, the dark valleys will appear, the depression will knock, the sorrows will challenge, but any day in which you have awakened to the miracle of life and expressed appreciation to the God named according to your faith walk, is a great day. Even darkness must give way to light, life’s uncertain vagaries will be overcome by understanding, and inconceivable circumstances will bow to positive action. “This too shall pass” is not just a cliche. It is truth. Claim it as yours.
Take control each morning of the day’s mindset before engaging in whatever activity you need to accomplish. Don’t just roll the dice taking chances with the day’s outcome; instead, direct your mind upon arising to positive thoughts and a realization that what occurs in the first moments of wakefulness will set the tone for the entire day. Envision yourself as being victorious over all difficulties and celebratory in all accomplishments. See yourself handling confrontation with family and co-workers effectively and it will happen. Picture yourself enjoying your day on the beach and it will happen. Feel the satisfaction of finishing the household project awaiting and it will happen. What you project onto the day’s activity will prevail.
Meditation, motivational videos, yoga, light exercise, inspirational reading are all great ways to start a great day. Those few minutes or hours are an investment in successful living as a joyful, contented child of that eternal, universal force flowing throughout the entirety of creation. Grab onto this power by creating your day rather than enduring it. Believe unabashedly that the choice is yours. You and I can make it the day we want. We can also make it the day we don’t want. What a realization! We are powerful and dynamic forces in our worlds. Have a great day!