Monday, January 24, 2011

Warming & Waking Up

One of my favorite "mentors," if you will, was the great mythologist Joseph Campbell. He didn't know it, but he greatly influenced my life and provided me with hours of contemplation and inspiration. Campbell explored mythology, consciousness and metaphor--without getting bogged down in the academic science of it like Carl Yung. Instead, Campbell approached these subjects from a sense of wonder and awe--and subsequently guides the reader into a safe place for introspection and exploration.

Campbell advocated getting out there and making the most of your life; creating an adventure that would take you farther than you'd ever imagined. This, he said, would make your life meaningful and worth living. "The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with Nature." In other words, to wake up and be a part of things.

There are many ways to wake up, especially in the depths of winter when it's so cold: Fall in love. Get a dog (we did, and boy is he keeping us busy!). Bask by the woodstove. Eat a hot bowl of soup. Study something new. Get active (we joined our new local YMCA and are loving it). Appreciate something. This is a big one: the more we are grateful for what we have, the more our hearts open up to the expansive giving of the universe. Gratitude, joy, wonder. This is the heartbeat.

Find this rhythm and you've woken up!

Enjoy your day,
Holly

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