…Re-examine all you have been told in school or church or in any book, and dismiss whatever insults your own soul; and your very flesh shall be a great poem, and have the richest fluency – Walt Whitman (Leaves of Grass)
It is time to release yourself from the chaffing bindings of disagreeable preaching, teaching and overreaching partisans. Let your heart be your compass and your soul be your guide. Trust in your undeniable connection to the limitless Greater Soul. Discover the shining miracles all around you. Take them into your very flesh and realize your life is a treasure. This hour of this day is a sweet blessing whether it is lived in labor or in leisure – it is yours.
Like sea-grass swaying in cool ocean currents, these days of your life are anchored to the bedrock of bounded time. But your soul is boundless and your spirit infinite. Release yourself. Surrender to the flow of your life on your own terms. The word livelihood – means the financially supporting one’s existence. It does not mean one needs to sacrifice their life outside of work. Only mad men work for their own destruction – Seneca.
These days around Earth Day are perfect for reflecting both on our environmental impact and the impact our vocations have on our bodies. When young, it can seem as if our days are as plentiful as leaves of grass in a field, but in desperate times each day takes on added significance. It is then, when life is challenging, we find out “what we are made of”. We look around at our accumulated things and wonder which are truly essential? During particularly rough times, I had to sell as many of my possessions as I could in order to literally put food on the table, and make ends meet (they never quite met). My children, my books, my computer, my art supplies and clothes were the only necessities other than food. Everything else that could have a price put on it, was sold as best as I could. Those days weakened my body, but also strengthened my resolve.
Our very bodies spring from Mother Earth. The vital energy that pulses through our veins, and soars in our minds flows from the endless divine spirit within all things. Your life is singular. And one of the greatest gifts all people have is the gift of Change. We can change ourselves, we can change our lifestyle, we can change jobs, homes… A myriad of things are subject to change. Take an hour this week and decide for yourself, the things that insult your soul – and leave as many of those nonessential things behind as you can. Change your world. As Whitman said, allow your very flesh to become a poem and have the richest fluency.