Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing,
there is a field.
I'll meet you there.
When the soul lies down in that grass,
the world is too full to talk about.
Ideas, language, even the phrase each other
doesn't make any sense.
- (Sufi Poet Rumi)

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Dreaming of a Right New Year

Go ahead, dream big! Imagine the best world possible. What would it look like? Find someone to describe it to, someone who will listen to you for 3-5 minutes without interrupting or offering input. After those precious minutes, ask the person to identify any universal needs that came up in your description. As you listen to the needs behind your dream, rest in the energy of those needs without thinking if such a world is possible or probable. By connecting to life affirming needs you might, just might, dream into being a small part of the world you so long for.

For instance, what if your world included people laughing around you throughout the day, alternating with good music and hugs. What are the needs behind this dream? Comfort? Support? Fun? Diversion? Community? Love? As you connect to life through these needs you might realize how important they are to you and you might, just might, ask someone to tell you a joke, play a song, or give you a hug. Or you might, just might, tell a joke to someone else, look for a song you used to sing years ago, or offer a stranger a smile or a handshake. Or in the quiet of your own home (or perhaps the chaos of your own home) a smile comes to your face or a bitter sweet heart ache and you know that you and the world are right, just right.

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