|Posted by Joan Zabelka on October 6, 2011 at 10:25 PM|
I've attempted blogging before. I found out, it's consistency that counts. I had trouble being consistent. I let life get in the way and I don't know if that was a bad thing. I'm back now and determined.
I almost wish I had a challenge to present to myself - like blogging while trying to cook my way through the red and white checked Better Homes and Garden cookbook - the 1970's version when food still tasted good and (in moderation) was okay to eat. I know my family would like me to get back to cooking and baking and they would support that blog. Trouble is I'm not Julie or Julia. I'm me - Joanie. And while I'm a good cook, it's not my current focus.
The mystic poet Rumi asks, “And you? When will you begin that long journey into yourself?” When I read that quote I thought - that is what my focus is - that long journey into myself.
It's not as selfish as it sounds. It's exciting. It's painful. It's shocking. It's embarrassing. It's amazing and wonderful. It's what we are called to do. If we are told to love one another as we love our self, then we had better love our self. How do we love our self if we don't have any idea who we are?
It helps to pay attention and to notice who we are. How do we interact with people? How do we act behind their backs? How do we act when we are all alone? We need to observe who we appear to be on the outside to see if it meshes with who we appear to be on the inside. It's very complex, but we have a lifetime to get the job done.
I have a friend who is blind. When we would talk, it always seemed like he saw so much more than I did. We would both look at a situation and he always had so much more insight. I realized I had to begin looking at things differently. I needed to view things with different lenses.
Sometimes, I need a microscope. Other times a simple magnifying glass will do. Maybe my two eyes (one nearsighted, one farsighted) will be sufficient on occasion. Still other times, I need to take the binoculars and turn them around to the far distance mode and really remove myself from a situation.
There are other lenses and tools to use besides the above metaphors. I like to use mandalas, journaling, group support, spiritual direction, wisdom cards, and classes that explore alternative ways of focusing on life and its mysteries. I hope to consistently explore them here in my blog. I may even have a guest blogger or two that can offer their perspective on life. Other perspectives will keep me on my toes and keep me from getting complacent.
Rumi shares his vision of the world and God's love for us through his poetry. He challenges us to take that long journey because as we go deeper, we find the person God created us to be. The closer we get to that true self, the closer we get to God.
This is what Soul Proprietor is all about - that long journey into yourself...come let's be pilgrims together.......