Maybe the best way to give you a bit of a glimpse into who I am is to share with you some of my beliefs: I believe that we are here to grow, to deepen and develop, and to do our part in helping the Universe to expand. I believe that the glue that holds the Universe together is a kind of Play -- not something silly or frivolous -- but an open joyous dance that connects everything and everyone. I believe that Love is at the core of All That Is -- and that under our fears and stories, it is truly who we are. I believe that there is Magic in every moment -- and that when our eyes and our hearts are open, it's easy to see this. I believe that the only response to the Universe that makes any sense at all is one of appreciation -- a quiet reverent YES. I believe that we are much much more that physical bodies -- and yet our path and play with these physical bodies is an integral part of our soul's growth. I believe that this physical dance is part of our spiritual journey, and that the invitation is always to embrace it instead of trying to transcend it. And ... I believe that it's probably time for a new paragraph.
Come on, take a chance, okay?
An Annie Dillard quote that I really love, that inspires me:
"Thomas Merton wrote, 'There is always a temptation to diddle around in the contemplative life, making itsy-bitsy statues.' There is always an enormous temptation in all of life to diddle around making itsy-bitsy friends and meals and journeys for itsy-bitsy years on end. It is so self-conscious, so apparently moral, simply to step aside from the gaps where the creeks and winds pour down, saying, I never merited this grace, quite rightly, then to sulk the rest of your days on the edge of rage. I won't have it. The world is wilder than that in all directions, more dangerous and bitter, more extravagant and bright. We are making hay when we should be making whoopee; we are raising tomatoes, when we should be raising Cain or Lazarus."
A 'First Date' sounds a bit like a professional event. Pressured, serious, epic. I prefer to think of it as an 8 year old might hold this process of connecting: he is knocking at your door, asking if you can come out and play. Of course, being 8 means that I might pout if you say no ...