What if there was no need to change,
No need to transform yourself
Into someone who is more compassionate
More present, more loving, or wise?
How would this affect all the places in your life
Where you are endlessly trying to be better?
What if the task is simply to unfold,
To become who you already are in your essential nature:
Gentle, compassionate and capable of living
Fully and passionately present?
What if the question is not
“why am I so infrequently the person I really want to be?”
“why do I so infrequently want to be the person I really am?”
How would this change what you think you have to learn?
What if becoming who and what we truly are
Happens not through striving and trying
But by recognising and receiving the people, places and practices
That are for us, the warmth of encouragement we need to unfold?
How would this shape the choices you make of how to spend today?
What if you knew that the impulse to move
In a way that creates beauty in the world
Will arise from deep within
And will guide you every time you simply pay attention
How would this shape your stillness, your movement,
Your willingness to follow this impulse,
To just let go,
From the Prelude to “The Dance”, (2001) Harper Collins.
Featured Image taken by photographer, J.S. Almonte from www.streetdancerproject.tumblr.com who photographs a wide variety of dancers and dances, mostly in urban locations.