The Blank Page

People who lean on logic and philosophy and rational exposition end by starving the best part of the mind. – William Butler Yeats

Every time we sit down to write a first draft we face the blank page with some trepidation because our mind generally hasn’t a clue about where to begin or what is wanting to be born or what story really wants to be told so we feel a physical sense of nervousness or anxiety. This is true for all forms of creativity including the creation of our lives.

With world changes happening so quickly I’ve been feeling a sense of my life as the blank page, that things that used to really interest or excite me no longer have the same allure. I am neutral or uninterested about the things I thought would be of interest “forever”. My head wants to tell me that there is something wrong, while my heart and deeper knowing senses that something new wants to be born and letting go is part of the process.

Recently in reference to trying to figure out what’s next a friend me asked the question “is it enough that we live in our hearts?” The immediate answer that came from my sense of knowing was yes. I got that if we live from our hearts consistently our deepest joys will find us, that new gifts will emerge, that we will spark old interests in new ways. It’s in surrender to the heart’s knowing and guidance that we naturally flow along our highest, most joyous way. And from the perspective of the heart simple pleasures like having tea with a friend is part of that.

Then this morning in what felt like a synchronicity someone commented on a blog post from my website on a poem by Irish philosopher and poet John O’Donohue I hadn’t remembered I posted. It fit perfectly with the spirit of releasing what no longer brings us alive so we can live in ever expanding ways.

For The Time Of Necessary Decision

The mind of time is hard to read.
We can never predict what it will bring,
Nor even from all that is already gone
Can we say what form it finally takes;
For time gathers its moments secretly.
Often we only know it’s time to change
When a force has built inside the heart
That leaves us uneasy as we are.

Perhaps the work we do has lost its soul
Or the love where we once belonged
Calls nothing alive in us anymore.
We drift through this gray, increasing
nowhere
Until we stand before a threshold we know
We have to cross to come alive once more.

May we have the courage to take the step
Into the unknown that beckons us;
Trust that a richer life awaits us there,
That we will lose nothing
But what has already died;
Feel the deeper knowing in us sure
Of all that is about to be born beyond
The pale frames where we stayed confined,
Not realizing how such vacant endurance
Was bleaching our soul’s desire.

– John O’Donohue

What do you want to let go of so that your heart and soul can create a greater sense of joy?

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