“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” Mary Oliver
In the words of Peirre Teilhard de Chardin, “We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are all spiritual beings having a human experience.” If we can remember this truth, it has the power to give us perspective as we muddle through the ups and downs of the folly we call life. We often take the outside experiences far too seriously, fighting with external realities, trying to make people or situations different, banging our heads against the proverbial wall, all the while we ignore the internal process, our essence, and how our presence in the world is based on our beliefs, our perspectives, our judgements, and preferences, not recognizing that these are the points of importance that we have the power to change. There are few things that I am absolutely certain of, but this is one of the super secrets of the universe.
All your relationships begin with you
So, here it is, hold onto your hat… What I know for sure is that the longest and most intimate relationship you will have in your entire life is the one you will have with yourself. You were there the day you were born and took that first breath and you will be there for that last breath of your life. You are the only person who has the profound ability to read your mind. You know what you like and what you don’t. You can read the shifting of emotion and energy in your body. You have the ability to choose your attitudes, beliefs, and you have the ability to shift and change the same attitudes and beliefs. This relationship with yourself is the foundation for every other relationship that you will have with all the other people you will meet along the course of your life. Your ability to develop insights and grow awareness about who you are, what you need, and then learn to take care of yourself is a cornerstone for the way you will move through the ‘one wild and precious life’ you have been given.