Looking on purpose to become personally engaged within yourself doesn’t require yoga or poetry, prayer or dance. It doesn’t require that you volunteer in your community or spend more time with your kids.
Personal engagement is about getting up and facing the day full on, no matter what it holds. Becoming engaged within yourself and throughout your own life is one of the scariest and bravest things we can do.
Once, in the 1300s, a Persian poet wrote, “Today, like every other day, we wake up empty and frightened. Don’t open the door to the study and begin reading. Take down a musical instrument. Let the beauty we love be what we do. There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.” That was Rumi, and even 800 years ago he struggled like we do.
Its not about seeing the best in everything, aligning your thoughts with the universe, or wishing on your lucky stars. Personal engagement is about living within life right now, as its presented. When we feel terrible, its about feeling terrible and knowing that is the Universe at work through you right now. When we feel glorious, personal engagement is about fully feeling glorious. When things are rough, sweet, sucky, awesome, hopeful, or dreadful, we can simply know that because of all the ways we’re connected throughout the world around us, the exact right thing is happening, right now.
To me, the Heartspace Teachings show that honesty within myself and transparency in my own thinking are the highest places where my own engagement happens. That means allowing myself to acknowledge why I do what I do, or to know that when I do one thing, another thing will happen. I used to ignore those things. But now I know they’re part and parcel to living fully, living truly, and living within Heartspace.
“There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.”
Today, I kneel humbly before life and kiss the ground of my reality.