Tuesday, April 27, 2010

What are you passionate about?

It seems like a simple question, but sometimes it is hard to know.
I am passionate about a lot of things - Shamanism, journaling, travel, reading . . .
having lots of interests can mean I don't get good at any one thing, but I prefer to think my apprenticeship is just whole lot longer, and at some point in time I will emerge from my learning cocoon and be a wise old butterfly of ability and knowledge.
Or Not.
I might just enjoy the ride, and be a model along the way for doing what you feel called to do, whatever the world's response.
For me, since I live with chronic illness, my Shamanism and journaling practice are daily essentials to keep me going, like breathing or eating.
Yoga helps, too.
Those of us with difficulties find we need to focus more clearly on what is important to us, but perhaps, that is everyone. We all have stress in life.
The question is, how do you respond to the stress?
Do you find a way to have joy despite the struggle?
Do you overcome and create something wonderful with the one life you have, flawed as it is?
Sandra Ingerman writes so beautifully of transmuting damage into wonder.
Of using our spiritual energy to take something that is not healthy or clean or loving and creating something whole out of that.
My journal helps me do that.
As do my other spiritual practices - shamanic journeying, meditation, walking outside, even writing these words here help me remember my truest path.
What is your truest path?
How do you make sure you stay on it daily?

"You have to be what you are. Whatever you are, you gotta be it." --Johnny Cash


  1. Not only do I have a journal to help me get through life. Actually, my journal has saved my life. I have been able to ask all of the hard questions and discovered through journal writing that I had the answers all along. I have discovered that taking photographs brings me a lot of pleasure. Cooking too helps to keep me from getting stressed out. I sometimes come home and put on the apron then create. I really like your blog, you have a way of inspiring me to keep doing what I am doing. Thanks...

  2. Jeannie - thanks for your awesome comment, I too feel like my journal has saved me. I don't know what I would do without this practice and I can't understand why everyone doesn't love journaling! It keeps my brain on track.

  3. Em, so love your writing. mmm Im still trying to find what I am supposed to be but today I found this quote and Id like to be like that.

    "I am here to seduce you into a love of life; to help you to become a little more poetic; to help you die to the mundane and to the ordinary so that the extraordinary explodes in your life. ” Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

  4. YES! i always -since i was 12 years old- i found a way to joy thanks to my journal!!!!
    it saved my life and my mental health several times!