The long walk home
We’re all just walking each other home.
This Ram Dass quote and its message has always caused my heart to soften and swell.
It reminds me that we really are all in this together—all of us living this one wild and messy and amazing and challenging and mysterious life together as one huge family—supporting each other as we each make the journey ‘home’.
Home’ for me is twofold. It is me coming back to me—back to my heart and the truth that lives in there; back to who I am and what I need and what I came here to do. It is also coming back to what unites us and to what really matters—love—and our unique way of experiencing and expressing it.
This past few months I have felt far away from home—I didn’t know what was in my heart or who I was anymore, what it was I really wanted, or wanted to do with my time and my skills and my strengths. So many unknowns, so much uncertainty—and doubts. So many plaguing doubts, denigrating doubts, and ultimately debilitating doubts.
It’s been a troubling and unsettling time. As it can be when we are away from our residential home for an extended period.
I wish I was one who was better able to ‘lean in’ (I hate that phrase! But I also appreciate its meaning) to the uncertainty and see it with eyes of wondering rather than worrying, but alas that superhuman feat is not yet a part of my psyche. But when I do catch myself dwelling on the burden of it all I remember to send a cry for help to the original ‘Home’ with a capital H, asking for directions back to me.
On Friday after demanding said help, this very famous and beautifully moving Ram Dass quote drifted into my mind and I felt myself relax a little.
You see I’ve been grappling with what to write and share and where and when. So much so that I’ve gone quiet. Maybe you’ve noticed?
Crippled by doubt and uncertainty I haven’t been writing anywhere other than my journals. And while there’s nothing inherently wrong with that, the heaviness of not doing my own version of creative work for fear of being shunned or disapproved of has been stopping me from writing for anyone.
And now I know why—I’ve been other-focused, thinking more about what people want to hear rather than what it is I want to say; looking to win people’s approval rather than honour my own voice and seek the nod from within.
This humbling quote from Ram Dass reminded me that we each have our place, and with it a unique heart and voice, that has its own way of bringing others comfort and joy and support and love for the sometimes long walk home. The home that is authentically within and the home that unites us —love.
I am no exception.
And it is indeed an honour to be walking with you.
Before you go I wanted to share that while searching for photos to apply to this post I came across a screen shot I’d saved of this quote below by Brendon Burchard. I was grateful when I saw it — maybe you will be too if you ever struggle with fully being you or living the life you know is possible. With my love, Gena xo
Do not fear ridicule or rejection; fear the consequence of an unlived life that comes from not expressing yourself or pursuing your own path.
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