by Bliss Carman (1861-1929)
Over the shoulders and slopes of the dune
I saw the white daisies go down to the sea,
A host in the sunshine, an army in June,
The people God sends us to set our heart free.
The bobolinks rallied them up from the dell,
The orioles whistled them out of the wood;
And all of their singing was, “Earth, it is well!”
And all of their dancing was, “Life, thou art good!”
These days I know the importance of understanding that our peace comes from within. We cannot depend on what is going on around us to bring us the peace, love and connection to life that we seek. We must find it within. Having said that, I am learning that even though it is up to us to find it within, it is still important to acknowledge and understand how the souls around us are there participating in our soul journey as well. There is a oneness that is happening around us. We each have our individual soul and that individual soul is also part of the one soul. We have so much power within and we also connect to the souls around us at the same time.
The people around us are there for a reason. Those closest to us that are sharing their lives with us and that we have chosen to share our lives with are there to be cherished. With how busy our lives have become and how many things we have coming at us at once, it is important to remember to make soul care a priority. It is so healing to shift the focus to really building each other up and nurturing our souls. When we nurture the souls of our loved ones, we nurture our own. Sometimes it takes a shift. Life is busy and routines can set in. Taking the time to really show our loved ones how much we value them is good for them and good for us at the same time.
Sometimes, being a good spiritual partner means letting the other person work things out and grow through things on their own. Sometimes, being a good spiritual partner means being that soft comforting place and providing extra love and attention. Always, being a true spiritual partner means balancing the two. And, of course, love is always the answer.
Love those around you a little bit extra today and always. Let them love you back a little bit extra…even as you grow. Ask for what you need and give what you most want.