The long and winding road

The long and winding road

The long and winding road
That leads to your door
Will never disappear
I’ve seen that road before
It always leads me her
Lead me to your door

The wild and windy night
That the rain washed away
Has left a pool of tears
Crying for the day
Why leave me standing here
Let me know the way
Many times I’ve been alone
And many times I’ve cried
Any way you’ll never know
The many ways I’ve tried

But still they lead me back
To the long winding road
You left me standing here
A long long time ago
Don’t leave me waiting here
Lead me to your door

But still they lead me back
To the long winding road
You left me standing here
A long long time ago
Don’t leave me waiting here
Lead me to your door

Lyrics above written by Paul McCarthney of the world popular and famous musical group,the Beatles in the 1970’s.

It is in my opinion these meaningful lyrics speak of a spiritual tone and could be a reminder of a spiritual seeker on a long and winding road,like all of us on a pilgrimage into the self,whether we are conscious of it or not.

And where is this long and winding road leading to?
….…towards the door of our hearts into finding the absolute truth.
Here the seeker is pleading not to be left waiting outside the door and asking to be led to the way back in.

How long we have forgotten to get back on track,the many,many times we felt lost and lonely,left abandoned in the dark and afraid,cried and tried……..we have gone wayward along our life’s journey with a myriad of distractions but still we remember somehow that there is a place of refuge to come home to….to our true self,our original being of pure clear light of consciousness.

Along this long and winding journey home,we would have fallen in love,gone through lots and lots of heartbreaks(not only romantically but from the people who have been allowed in our lives),deaths,births,tragedies,triumphs,sadness,joys,success and failures,riches and poverty,losses and gains…..we would have learned a tremendous amount of lessons of life and we would have taught lessons to others as well(knowingly or unknowingly).

During this walk up the road,it will not be all a straight path or smooth easy travels,there will be rocky patches,muddy puddles,thick jungles to cut through but more complex is the sudden stop at crossroads,a time of needing further directions,to make decisions and a feeling of being overwhelmed with regrets,doubts,overcomed by a frenzy of fear and desperation,perhaps even impatience to reach a destination,a goal.We face many temporary,testing blockages,hindrances and obstacles,with faith and true purpose,we keep treading on.

What do we do at the crossroads encountering four directions,which road do we choose to keep continuing on?

In the event of facing a crossroad……we simply choose any direction! What ever road we take it will be a step forward to a clearer vision,a step to experience,a chance to learn and grow.The relieving and comforting reminder is that the road will never disappear,it is always open till we have come home to ourselves.Even after many deviations,diversions and divergence we come again to merge with the road leading home.There is truly no shortcut on this journey,the path will be as it will be!

The worse is to let the fear keep us trapped in that location or situation without being open and courageous to venture on…..without venturing,how do we know whats true and how do we experience our inner capabilities of strength,courage,wisdom and be open to resiliency.

From every hurdle jumped and accomplished along this road,doors will be closing behind and new doors opening,in the end,we are only truly learning to let go,putting down every tool,accessory,baggage,burdens that we have carried along.The road eases and walking becomes effortless.

This journey may take a long time to traverse on,it may be rigorous and ardous but it is not an impossible task to undertake!

What will become of us on this spiritual quest?
…..Aware!,Awake! and Conscious!……

The door opens to possibilities and freedom
To those who are unafraid to walk through it
And experience the Unknown!

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Coming to a crossroad of life

When life takes us to a crossroad and we are standing there right in the middle of four directions,what do we do?We feel stucked,indecisive and overwhelmed……any direction taken will be a step forward,a step to experience,a chance to learn and grow.

The worse is to let the fear keep us trapped in that location/position without being open to venture into new pastures…..without venturing,how do we know whats true and how do we experience our inner capabilities of strength,courage,wisdom and be open to resiliency.

Being vigilant(mindful)

To conserve our spiritual energies,we gather(pull) ourselves together by way of practicing vigilance,observing and minding our own business so to speak.We watch ourselves inwardly rather than the habitual tendency to look outwardly at others …..to judge, blame,criticise ,mock,put down,slander,compete with,etc…
When we pay attention to our thoughts and intentions(motives),our actions and reactions,our speech and what we mean to say,we watch our bodily sensations to pain and feelings(sense pleasures as well)…we can slowly truly begin to practice the journey towards healing…we can learn to be care-full instead of care-less.So when we watch ourselves with care like a mother watching her baby with tenderness,we can then project respect and understanding for others….allowing ourselves and others to simply be!

Compassion

“Compassion asks us to go where it hurts, to enter into the places of pain, to share in brokenness, fear, confusion, and anguish. Compassion challenges us to cry out with those in misery, to mourn with those who are lonely, to weep with those in tears. Compassion requires us to be weak with the weak, vulnerable with the vulnerable, and powerless with the powerless. Compassion means full immersion in the condition of being human.”
― Henri J.M. Nouwen

How beautifully profound Henri Nouwen speaks on compassion………….he is speaking of ourselves,as we each one also suffer the same consequences,,brokenness,anguish,confusion,vulnerabilities, hurts,feeling weak and lonely and grieving.When we relate with another;s pain ,we touch the core of our own human heart,we pierce thru our conscience and raise our consciousness to where we can live authentically and in truth of connectedness to all beings,no one is inferior or superior!………. We learn to understand and be understood,we learn not to aggravate another,we learn to cultivate kindness and respect for our own suffering and that of others….we can embrace ourselves in loving awareness and be human.Sometimes compassion is conveyed to via the inner awakening of Silence……………………………

Equanimity

When we can learn to practice or even try to come to an understanding of the freeing feeling that comes by letting go, to release the need for control of any sort,the clinging tendencies solely to pleasant sensations and ‘high’ moods,we can come close to simply being present to all states we experience(good and bad alike) in equanimity and not get trapped in a yo-yo effect,up and down moody states that affect our own peacefulness and that of others…………………..

We can always initiate a positive change

How true and life-enhancing potential we as humans have to be able to have choices and options to change for the better in order to benefit our lives spiritually and the lives of others….to help each other pierce the core to see our hearts in love, with love and for love…………………….where harm or fear can no longer reside!
We don’t have to stay where we are in subtle unhappiness and discontent…..we can move into our inner self to make changes for a shift towards positive healthier living!