Divine Discontent – What’s calling you now?

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    While we often feel spiritual when all is peaceful, joyful and calm, spiritual growth often happens on the edges of our comfort zone. When you feel the tug of your soul or psyche, you are called to shift somehow. It is in these times you have to dig deeper to connect with your Higher Power and Inner Wisdom for creativity, forgiveness, clarity, or strength. Re-connecting to your Source, you find energy to move forward and see a bigger perspective for what is unfolding.

    Think of a situation currently in your work where you are feeling that growing edge. Perhaps you are challenged by a co-worker, have a stressful deadline, or you don’t have a job and are looking for work. Emerson describes times of Divine Discontent, when your purpose may not be clear or your soul feels unsettled. Honor this time of unfolding. See what may be brewing below your discomfort.

    • Is there something that needs tending in your soul?
    • Where is your growing edge in this situation?
    • What is the next best version of yourself that needs to be expressed or discovered?

    Pema Chodron speaks of the in-between time:

    The challenge is to stay in the middle rather than buy into struggle and complaint. The challenge is to let it soften us rather than make us more rigid and afraid. Becoming intimate with the queasy feeling of being in the middle of nowhere only makes our hearts more tender. When we are brave enough to stay in the middle, compassion arises spontaneously. By not knowing, not hoping to know, and not acting like we know what’s happening, we begin to access our inner strength. From The Places That Scare You

    As we move from summer to fall, the changing leaves and changing temperatures, note what changes are brewing below the surface for you. Breathe deeply into this time and space. Allow this time to speak to you without moving too fast to fix it or change it. Embrace whatever vulnerability and fear surfaces as a friend. It may show you something within yourself that needs to heal, to awaken, to strengthen, to rejuvenate. It is in the time of Divine Discontent that you recognize a deeper yearning, opening up to a more authentic you waiting to be expressed.


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