I love the phrase and truth: "Find out what God is doing and jump into the middle of it!" However we express 'God' or the 'Divine' or Whoever, that will doesn't always have to be overly mysterious, it can as spiritual as 'whatever's happening in your life right now is very spiritual and holy'. . . and it may have God's fingerprints all over it.
I was reminded of this truth this morning as I realized I was not feeding my soul the way I know how to, but feeding my baser instincts in a variety of ways........and the results are obvious: more worry, less good sleep, increased fears, lack of control in speech and actions, and much more---fruits of the flesh. There's nothing wrong with the 'flesh,' it's just that my life goes much better when I'm cultivating the fruits of the Spirit as I understand them (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control).
There's that often heard dialogue between an Indian Chief and a young Brave, or a Yoga Master and his Disciple, or a Holy Man and the Seeker, where the one states there are two dogs fighting inside, one black (evil) one white (good) and the student asks the teacher which one will win. The teacher simply states, "Which ever one you FEED the most!"
So, how am I feeding my soul.....or my flesh????
One of my favorite Reflection Books is "Love Poems from God, Twelve Sacred Voices from the East and West" by Daniel Ladinsky. This mornings encouragement came from the chapter on St. John of the Cross, who in his twenties was transformed by meeting Theresa of Avila, then in her fifties, both living in the sixteenth century Renaissance period in Europe. They were both mystical poets and even a cursory reading of John's life helps one realize the extreme torture and imprisonment he went through by the hands of the Church, but how it was through these trials that his life was transformed and his soul deeply fed (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_of_the_Cross).
So, enough said, let me share the poem from St. John of the Cross that spoke to me this morning, one that I am working on 'jumping into' throughout this day, and better feeding my soul.
"DIG HERE," THE ANGEL SAID.
She caught me off guard when my soul said to me, "Have we met?"
So surprised I was to hear her speak like that I chuckled.
She began to sing a tale: "There was once a hardworking man who used to worry so much because he could not feed and clothe his children and wife the way he wanted.
There was a beautiful little chapel in the village where the man lived and one day while he was praying, an angel appeared.
The angel said, "Follow me." And he did out into an ancient forest. "Now dig here," the angel said. And the man felt strength in his limbs he had not known since youth and with just his bare hands he dug deep and found a lost treasure, and his relationship with the world changed."
Finding our soul's beauty does that--gives us tremendous freedom from worry.
"Dig here," the angel said--'in your soul, in your soul."