Radical Presence

The incredible ups and downs of life and constant changing of the seasons. Fall burrowing into winter, winter thawing to spring, spring blossoming to summer, and time evolving both rapidly and profoundly. With these cycles come new adventures and unique challenges.

The ups are euphoric -- they ignite my soul and I dance with the melody of joy. I float through the minutes as my heart sings and I laugh easily. The positive energy floods my veins and I am free. The music lingers and I collapse into bliss. Joy is an all encompassing feeling of wholeness. It electrifies my body, my soul, and my spirit. I am alive. Joy -- It too, shall pass.

The downs are torturous, as they trap my light and the darkness falls. I numbly work through the transitions, my heart solemn and my spirit frail. The negative energy drapes over body and I am feeling low. The melody stops and silence lingers. Sadness is a raw feeling of emptiness. Sadness -- it too, shall pass.

The magnificent ups and downs of life are the only known we have about our future. All the planning, preparing, and projecting won’t prepare us for these. They will take our breath away and try to destroy us at times. Joy and sadness coexist in our world to share the magnificent cycle of life with each and every one of us. They are inevitable, and we are here to learn the beauty of rich emotion in extreme ways.

When joy comes knocking on your door, please greet her with a light heart. Invite her in for a cup of tea, for she may be just passing through for a fleeting moment. Find radical presence in her arrival.

When sadness slivers upon your floor, please greet her with a vulnerable heart. Invite her to show you the depths of your soul, and sit with her for a minute. Take in all she has to offer you, and allow her to guide you down to what really matters. Allow her to teach you how truly fragile life is and how to cherish what you hold dear. Find radical presence in her arrival and know she too, will just be passing through.

Yes, the incredible ups and downs of life are the known of our futures. The seasons will change and feelings will shift. The cycle will bring forth what is necessary for you, in that moment, at that time, and in that place. Be radically present for your life’s unfolding, finding steady hope in your despair and profound gratitude in your joy, for you never know what could be waiting for you right around the next corner...