“Talents do not diminish by gifting them to others … they in fact GROW.”
~ Michael Meade
“Because what calls to us is timeless, the calling can come at any time. At each turn in the road our life’s work awaits us; thus our calling keeps calling no matter our age or position or condition in life.” – Michael Meade
The two greatest fears in life are said to be the fear of abandonment and the fear of being overwhelmed by life. Amidst radical climate changes that make this year the hottest on record and in the midst of an overheated, at times deplorable, political season, it it easy to feel abandoned by nature and on the verge of overwhelm from the size of the problems we face and the lack of meaningful solutions.
In psychological terms, it is the ego that fears the uncertainties of life whereas the deep self or soul knows that we are never alone in this world and that we are at home whenever we are in touch with the depth of our own heart and the dream of our soul.
Michael Meade speaks about reorienting ourselves to death so we may find lost meanings of life and cogent ways of perceiving life-changing events. Life and Death are not exclusive opposites, birth and death are opposite each other and life includes both. Avoiding death causes it to become more literal and shocking. Opening death as a symbol and metaphor gives it a place to be and become known. A culture that begins denying death will end by denying life. If we think of Death as an essential presence rather than simply the absence of life; we can see that it must have its place, like beauty and sorrow, like love and aloneness.