What is your spirit wishing for?
Purpose: To do the good work it was sent here to do, which in the broadest terms is to remind people of their basic goodness and ease suffering, to work with others towards an enlightened society and enlightenment.
Connection: To connect with others, for me to remain connected to it, and for us both to be connected to the Universe/God/Great Spirit/Love, the thing we spring from, that we are made of, the mystery whose true name I don’t know, but that I know. This connection requires mindfulness, so my spirit wishes for that too.
Love: It is wise and compassionate, wants to practice love, be surrounded by love, swim in love, embody and manifest love, be love.
Creation: It longs to create, and understands that part of that is destruction of old habits and ways of being that no longer serve us. It knows that grief and loss are part of life and creation, that death is real. It wants to make art, peace, gardens, space, and moments of joy and clarity.
Knowledge: My spirit is enthusiastic about learning, it longs to understand everything. And yet, it happily practices not knowing, beginner’s mind.
Life: It knows this is precious and is grateful, it wants to be in the thick of it every moment–in moments of joy, struggle, stillness, and heartbreak–it’s greedy for all of it. It wishes to laugh, relax, and get dirty.
Rest: Time to regenerate, restore, repair. As in shavasana in yoga, time to assimilate all the movement and wisdom, to practice integration and relaxation.
Breath and Movement: It has a genuine love of the body and what it makes possible, its energy and direct connection to reality, even in moments of stillness and quiet.