Preparation is the Whole Souul Living Theme for November, a time-honored yet under-rated spiritual discipline. Preparation is the answer to the question, “How can I live a more authentic life?” Or, “What if I have to speak in front of hundreds of people?” Preparation focusses and clarifies both our skills, and our intentions. Consider this quote from Annie Dillard: "I cannot cause light; the most I can do is try to put myself in the path of its beam. It is possible, in deep space, to sail on solar wind. Be it particle or wave, Light has force: you rig a giant sail and go. Perhaps the secret of seeing is to sail on solar wind. Hone and spread your spirit till you yourself are a sail, whetted, translucent, broadside to the merest puff."
Questions to ponder, study, and share:
If Jesus (or enlightenment, wisdom, insight, Love, peace, or ???) were to cross your path this very day, would you be ready?
Ponder your history and the view from where you are currently.
What comes next for you? What are you doing to prepare for it?
Simply having clarity about your intentions is a profoundly simple and overlooked part of a spiritual life. Take some time, right now, to think about what you intend: for yourself, your spirit, your relationships, your community. What is your life seeking, becoming, evolving into?
Consider the wisdom you have gathered so far. What past events or circumstances prepared you? Does this perspective change how you see your life circumstances right now?