“We shall not cease from exploring, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.” – T.S.Eliot
It’s been too long. So much has happened since we last spoke, really spoke, heart to heart. Sometimes I think no one does that much anymore. We all conveniently say we’re too busy, but busy doing what? Anything that really matters? I wanted to write to tell you that I think of you all of the time, wondering how you’re doing, wondering how you are passing the time. Most of us fill our days with work, with TV, with the internet. Sure, we can chat and reconnect with friends we’ve fallen away from over the years, but what are we doing to strengthen the friendships that we still have, tending the garden before it overgrows with weeds, and becomes neglected and forgotten?
Wouldn’t it be cool to have the time to be with friends who we really want to stay connected with, not relying upon funerals to bring us back together, or quick visits when we’re in town visiting family, when we call to say we’d like to drop over for a few minutes just to say, hi, I’m back in town and was wondering how you’re doing. An hour of talking doesn’t really tell the whole story, the ups and downs, the sadness, the occasional surprises, but mostly the worry about money and making it from one week to the next. Yes, even me, Mr. Holistic Magazine editor, I’ve had my share of bad thoughts run through my head, at times life seems very hard, but all things pass. At the end of the day, I realized that it’s about how I feel about myself, inside my own skin, looking out through these eyes at the world.
What has helped me the most is knowing that I am not my thoughts, that I am a spiritual being who is bigger than my personality, than my ego, and is, in fact, a witness to what this body and mind and ego and personality all are doing. Does that make sense to you? Just remember that all the thoughts in your head are a stream of consciousness that keeps on running. They are not you. The trick is to not pay attention to all the darkness that is bombarding us all right now. And don’t believe any of it has anything at all to do with you.
I know I’ve spouted that stuff to you each month, for years, and perhaps it doesn’t mean anything to you at all, but just know that I love the soul that is you. Hang in there, and know that I’m not the only one who is thinking good thoughts about you.