“What people call serendipity sometimes is just having your eyes open.”
- Jose Manuel Barroso
Life has been in overdrive since the start of March, since starting uni studies. So much so that the moments that I had previously in my day for quiet contemplation, have all but disappeared…until recently.
I’m no less busier. In fact, it’s going to be even busier as my language studies will become more involved as we begin to get into more complex grammar and more conversation. But, I’m at a point where I can’t continue along the same path and ignore the messages which have been knocking at my door for some months now. Those messages I’ve managed to drown out in all the busyness of study, my newfound interest in photography and running a family and a home. The messages have been making themselves known in a ‘physical’ sense as well, and it’s become frustratingly uncomfortable for me. I think, until it becomes something ‘physical’ that I can feel with my body, not just with my mind, it has less success at being heard. Knowing that for me, my physical body is subtly, yet irrevocably tied to my state-of-mind, the messages are finally being heard.
You see, I’ve had some messages. I’ve stopped long enough and extricated myself from by busyness, long enough for me to finally hear the messages. Some have taken place over the last couple of months. But only in the last couple of days there have been a string of messages…three in fact.
Wham! Now you have my attention.
The last two I only received late last night after getting home from work at 11:30pm and I checked my personal facebook page and my emails. The first one I thought was kind of strange and I was curious as to the timing because the messages have come from a period which has been buried so deep, it’s like another lifetime ago – over twenty-five years ago, in fact. And then I discovered a second one from that same lifetime…coincidence? I think not. I don’t believe in coincidence.
After my last post, I’ve been slowly returning to my ritual of morning meditation and yoga. When I say slowly, I mean I’m still jettisoning distracting habits I’ve let creep in. In a short period time, I’ve gained enough clarity to recognise the messages I’ve been given and I’m starting to think a little bit more deeply.
I’m sure you’ve had those periods in your life. Times when life is so chaotic, that in the busyness of just doing ‘life’ , we forget to take regular time out for quiet and to observe. Not just our physical surroundings, but to observe all those subtle messages that are trying to tell us something, and which I believe are trying to lead us down the path that is most beneficial for us.
A path that knows what is genuinely right for us. Sometimes we can be on that path, like I had been, and we get lost along the way. So the messages are there to guide us, and is the hand that leads us back onto the right path. And that’s what’s happening right now.
It can be difficult though, because sometimes to walk the path you know that is right for you, takes courage and discipline. Courage to recognise it as such, and the discipline to do what you know you need to do to get on and stay on that path, however uncomfortable or difficult it first may be.
But in the end, deep down, we know that it is good for us, and that by following the path and heeding those messages we will become who we are meant to be, if we aren’t already there. But the difference is that we can still be so much more than who we are. We can still strive to be a better version of ourselves and we can do this whilst being at peace and leading a life of richness, happiness and deep contentment and fulfillment.
So if you’re ‘busy’, I encourage you…stop long enough to hear the messages before you completely drown them out.