How comfortable are you in your body? Have you embraced the urge to merge with yourself from deep within? In our modern world it is easy to be teased to distraction by a myriad of potions, promises, and products that promise an instant way to feel unique, accomplished, and included. If we look a certain way, project a certain lifestyle, and mimic certain behaviours and attitudes then we can quell – although not relieve – that existential angst that lies beneath the surface.
The truth is that in essence you are a beautiful, powerful, creative being. The illusion that you are not enough, powerless, or okay can creep in when the delicate balance between our inner and outer experience teeters toward too much focus on the world outside of us.
Being lured by the easily manufactured sweetness of one too many fabricated flowers means meandering down the proverbial garden path, leading us only further from paradise, to be lost, not found.
Fortunately, there is another way.
The creative path – the one that requires you to burn your own trail, check your compass, and navigate the ever-changing terrain – the best departure from the road well-trodden. And you will never look back.
Comfort ironically is the obstacle to stepping onto the creative path for many. We have built shrines to it, monolithic mansions that are testimonials to our hedonistic longings for the easy way.
Comfort ironically is the obstacle to stepping onto the creative path for many. We have built shrines to it, monolithic mansions that are testimonials to our hedonistic longings for the easy way
Now there is one discernment to make here. Comfort is not necessarily good or bad, it is merely our attachment to it that gets in the way of our growth at times. Like a check engine light, it can warn us of impending troubles ahead. When comfort turns into concern we have arrived at a choice point – do we take the car in for servicing and maintenance, buy a new one, or stop driving altogether?
Comfort can only carry us so far on the journey.
It can provide a plateau to rest upon, a time to recharge, and a moment to celebrate our thrashing through the wild unknowns and bravely making it to the other side of fear. Although if all we do is hop from one easy perch to another, rest soon turns to boredom, and boredom if left unchecked can ultimately become despondency. Such love of comfort without some degree of challenge is our best immunization against the brand of happiness we had hoped for all along.
In simple terms, no sweat, no butterflies – not just the ones in your stomach, but the radiant fluttering ones. Staying safe in a cocoon too long gets sticky, hot, and suffocating – we are meant to grow, transform, breath and expand.
So if throughout the day we balance a shifting of our focus back and forth between our outer worlds to our inner experience we create the opportunity to integrate the awareness gathered from our journey.
So if throughout the day we balance a shifting of our focus back and forth between our outer worlds to our inner experience we create the opportunity to integrate the awareness gathered from our journey
Did you know that the Indo-European root word for art is ar which means “to fit together”? Creating art then is about recombining our perceptions – and you can approach your whole life in this way.
So the soul – that deep part of us that knows which life lessons provide the best fodder for our growth – urges us to create because of the countless ways we can keep experiencing ourselves anew. Weaving the elements of our experiences together like the Mayan goddess Ixchel, then is a revolutionary act – one that requires an open-minded and hearted courage.
Our greatest source of joy comes from connecting with that larger divine force of creation that wants to move through us and reshape us as we move through our life. Ultimately, it is the same unifying force that weaves and synthesizes the deepest truths of our body, mind, heart, soul, and spirit.
So the next time you have the urge to pick up a paint brush, dance like no one is watching, or sing in the shower allow yourself to go within and merge with that deeper part of you that longs to be expressed. When we are rooted in our soul and heed its calling we can reach for the heavens and use our creative life force to bridge the way.
Author – Pollyanna Blanco
Bio – Pollyanna Blanco is a full-time art educator, published writer, and Reiki Master who has passionately pursued dance since the age of three. She cares deeply about nurturing the creative calling in all of us. She is also a licensed Chakradance Facilitator. Get to know more about her on her website – www.inrhythmwithyoursoul.com, and check out this video – In Rhythm With Your Soul. Find her on Facebook – Pollyanna Blanco
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