Today's Texture Tuesday challenge centers on the word happiness. I shot this image using my new Nikon 50mm f/1.4D lens to capture the dreamy effect. For texture, I used Kim's "Aurora" texture and #6 from Shadowhouse Creation's February 2012 collection.
The word happiness correlates to my word of the year, calling. After all, living out our calling should be cause for joy, right?
At the risk of sounding totally "woo woo," I have long loved the poetry of a woman who goes by the name of Oriah Mountain Dreamer. Her famous poem The Invitation is a favorite of mine.
I revisited this poem recently and learned of another written by the same author entitled "The Call."
Well, Allie challenged us this month to look for our word and there it was staring me in the face. I ordered the book, which expands on the story behind the poem, and even though I've just started reading it, I see so much of myself in the pages.
Today's quote matches up nicely to the personal struggles that lead her to compose the poem. Like me, she came to the point where she realized she was just trying too hard to become and not realizing she already was. I wonder how many of us can relate to these words:
Open the fist clenched in wanting and see what you already hold in your hand.
There is no waiting for something to happen,
no point in the future to get to.
All you have ever longed for is here in this moment, right now.
You are wearing yourself out with all this searching.
Come home and rest.
How much longer can you live like this?
Your hungry spirit is gaunt, your heart stumbles. All this trying.
Give it up!
The poem, she states, is about ending the "war with reality" and realizing that trying to effect change by "doing" is often a destructive illusion. It's not that we should avoid taking actions to enhance our lives, to learn, grow and create. Rather, it is about our motivation for change and feeling like someplace else is where we need to be.
This is a meaty topic and not one I can fully explore in a single blog post, but I will no doubt be discussing it over the coming days as I work through the chapters. Not doing and constantly trying to effect change in my life is something that I struggle with and believe meditating on this poem and the book will help me glean new insights into my word.
For now, here's wishing everyone a joyful experience of love wherever it may be found today and peace with what is.