“One of the most calming and powerful actions you can do to intervene in a stormy world is to stand up and show your soul. Struggling souls catch light from other souls who are fully lit and willing to show it.” ~ Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes
Decades ago I read through almost all of Hermann Hesse‘s novels hungry, in fact, voracious in my appetite for knowledge. That has not changed, for I still love to learn. Having spent my lifetime teaching myself a wide variety of things, I am now, finally, almost 3/4’s of my way through classes to finally get my B.A. in Creative Writing and Digital Communications at UMass Amherst University Without Walls. But that is a different story… Today it is about the river.
I have learned so much from the river. I live in the estuary region of the Merrimack River and I spend a great deal of time watching the river flow, sitting in deep contemplation, meditating on the lessons of life. Every day, the river shows me the meaning of going with the flow and being in the moment. It is in constant motion and it is the source of life. It is complex, it is simple, it is calm and it is powerful. It offers no opinions, it just is as Herman Hesse describes below…
“But he learned more from the river than Vasudeva could teach him. He learned from it continually. Above all, he learned from it how to listen with a still heart, with a waiting open soul, without passion, without desire, without judgment, without opinions.” – Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha
As a writer I often struggle with my voice questioning whether my words are touching others lives as I intend them to. Artists often struggle with their creative talents and find it difficult at times to properly express themselves through their given medium. This is true for all people, as it speaks to a question of whether or not I am good enough, or capable of doing a good job in any vocation. It is important for us to learn to cross that bridge and put self-doubt behind us when it arises.
The bottom-line is that all people at one time or another suffer from self-doubt. In these moments of self-doubt, we each must remind ourselves that in doing our best, we will succeed…
Today, I honor the place in me that knows who I am. I am filled with a warm sense of comfort by honoring all that I am. I thank the Spirit that moves through me and brings my creations into fruition. I go forth on this day, knowing that I will do my best, in all that I do.
Photo: Foot Bridge at Maudslay ~ c. Pamela J. Leavey
Hozier was on the Today Show this morning performing his breakout hit Take Me To Church and his new single, From Eden, both from his self titled debut CD, Hozier. As noted in the interview before his performance of From Eden, Hozier is indeed, “a tall drink of water.” Watch here: