What a rocky start to the week. Very sad family news one day followed by a day of heightened anxiety about a distressing local emergency. Both mornings, I sat with my head in my hands, stopped in my tracks.
I had planned to start wearing the Santa Hat and also to go dancing. Neither felt possible with the cold lead weighing down my legs and my heart. As I tried to find some solace and figure out what to do with my plans, which now seemed daunting, the rich wisdom of Saint Teresa’s prayer sounded in my mind. Especially the part that offers: “May you use the gifts that you have received and pass on the love that has been given to you.”
When in doubt–and when not in doubt–let’s call forth our gifts and share them! That is the hero journey we are all on. As Joseph Campbell explains:
“A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder: Fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won. The hero comes back from this mysterious adventure with the power to bestow boons on his fellow man….”
We plumb our depths and pursue our practices to discover and then strengthen our inner bounty. And then we share with the world what only we can–our inimitable treasures.
For me, dancing is the practice that has provided immeasurable joy, challenge, inspiration, transcendence to me. And I have been told repeatedly, offers inspiration and joy to others. My Santa Hat practice of the past decade or more helps foster connection and cultivate joy and lightness.
Was I really going to forego contributing what I can?
I packed my dance bag, tossed on the Santa Hat and headed off. And am so glad I did. For, as usual, the impromptu conversations with passersby and other strangers stimulated by my Hat provided moments glowing with connection, humor, joy. The dance class was both a bit of a struggle and…home.
Long story short, if we each bestow on the world the sparkly gifts of own unique selves, what a shimmering world we will create!
Photo credit: Middle–Rich Davis