Mind Your Stories

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If I could share 500 words to inspire, this is the important wisdom I'd want to pass along to others...

  • Mind your stories.

     

    Mind your stories; question them often.

    Nourish those that serve.

     

    Change those that do not.

    Far easier said than done, yes?

    For many of our darker stories

    have cut grooves in the primordial stone of our psyches-

    and the river of mind all too easily turns back into

    these dark and shadowy valleys.

    So mind also your story

    about changing your story;

    be quick to forgive

    both yourself and your world

    should the story be slow to change.

     

    Mind your stories; know them for what they are.

    For more than it is through your wild circumstances,

    it is instead through your stories

    that you might find

    health,

    
prosperity,

    
and happiness.

     

    Mind your stories about health,

    about what is sickness, wellness,

    and suffering.

    For it is not your suffering,

    but your stories about suffering

    that makes pain either buoyant

    or burdensome.

     

    Mind your stories about prosperity,

    about what is enough.

    For it is not your desire,

    but your stories about desire

    that leaves you

    either full or wanting.

    If you find yourself succumbing to envy,

    surround yourself with the impoverished.

    If you find yourself succumbing to

    anger,

    
pride,

    or vanity,

    surround yourself with those

    who are kind, gentle, and wise.

    Do these things, and you may learn

    of the deeper meaning of prosperity.

     

    Mind your stories about happiness,

    about what will bring you joy.

    Be wary of striving for happiness;

    it would be like striving to grow a flower garden.

    You can do only this:

    find a sunny place for the soul,

    prepare the soil of your destiny,

    water the seeds of what might be,

    tend to the weeds of shadowy stories,

    and then,

    perhaps,

    the rose will bloom all bright and shining . . .

    but you can never force her to do so.

     

    And beyond health, prosperity, and happiness,

    mind your larger story.

    Mind your story about your place in our cosmos.

    Know that along with all of the beings

    of the Web of Life,

    you, too, are a child of the Infinite:

    that great, mysterious process

    that worked patiently

    for billions of years

    to bring your tiny but delightful

    sacred sparkle of stardust

    into being.

     

    Finally, mind your contribution to our larger story.

    Ponder your place in the possibility

    that we are growing beyond

    both the story of gods and goddesses

    serving or stymying us

    and the old scientific story

    of a decaying and meaningless Universe

    to a new story of the Infinite,

    a Planetary Story of a mysteriously creative Universe.

    Know that we each have a place

    in the birth of this emerging story,

    and that yours is a vital role as midwife.

     

    For it is through our new story that we can awaken

    to a deeper communion with Earth,

    know and love our place within her Web of Life,

    rejoice in her,

    and share in her bounty.

    And we do so with gratitude, respect,

    and humility,

    for we know that, while we have learned much,

    there is still much to learn

    as our Planetary Story awakens within

    our Holy Universe.

    David Christopher

    David Christopher left behind corporate and airline careers to pursue his passion for helping to bring forth a new story for our challenging times. For the past fifteen years he has immersed himself in the works of Brian Swimme, Thomas Berry, Elisabet Sahtouris, James Lovelock, “Big Historians” such as David Christian, and many others.

    The dialogues within The Holy Universe are an outgrowth of this study as well as his work with the Pachamama Alliance’s “Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream” Symposium. He wrote the book in part for people like him who call themselves “spiritual but not religious,” who are trying to make sense of the craziness going on in the world, and who seek a meaningful path through the global crises we collectively face.

    David lives in Northern California, and likes to hike and catch up on his reading and research (as well as his rest) when not speaking around the country on The Holy Universe.

    For more information, please visit theholyuniverse.com.

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