|The Mystery within...|
Growing in grace and wisdom is a very good thing, but not at all easy.
"Darkness, mistakes, and trials are the supreme teachers. Success really teaches you nothing; it just feels good." From Richard Rohr's Center for Action and Contemplation daily meditation February 23, 2016, Order, Disorder, Reorder
I have experienced serious growing pains throughout my life. Those learning opportunities have led me to know the first step toward growth is to accept whatever is; search and discern new paths, and finally, trust good will eventually come from my struggles. My October 7, 2013 blog post, Recycling Pain was a good review for me in the slow, difficult, but very worthwhile steps toward growth.
As a woman, I have come to know that this mysterious God, who somehow lives in each and everyone of us, loves us and is there for solace and guidance. I understand spirituality as a profound sense of belonging to one another and the earth. I do not believe spirituality is a fiduciary relationship I hand over to others, although my interaction with others is integral to growing in grace and wisdom. The darkness of patriarchy was truly a supreme teacher for me and the natural world became my solace.
What if we could always trust darkness, mistakes, and trials to grow us?