self-development – “The Dance”

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?”

but

“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

And wait?

 

How would this shape your stillness, your movement,

Your willingness to follow this impulse,

To just let go,

And dance?

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.

 

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