Curiosity is the key that opens the life experience for us. The path is the obstacle; the obstacle is the path. Either way, curiosity unlocks doors.
Every time we enter, we change. We face transformation, accepting who and what we are. Transformation is a lifetime practice, and it is never too late to be who you are.
I know. I’m 64. I did not begin until six years ago but I am in it for the duration.
Change is scary but strip away the fear I must in order to go through another door. After all, this is my life experience. Why resist? Curiosity’s spark, an urging to discover, will not let me rest.
It is the stuff of transformation, this leap of faith, so basic to understanding the ever-evolving self. I look in every nook and cranny of my heart–especially the wounds–where I find yet another facet of the obstacle that is my path.
In practicing self-compassion, I open myself to the life experience with an evenness of mind. In transformation, no door is locked long. Curiosity sees to that. The practice is to accept impermanence, knowing mayhem will pass and come again.
I learn so much from my body’s physiology. It has one mission: live. In orchestrated acceptance, every cell adapts to an ever-changing environment. No cell is excepted. The body meets what comes next–rather fearlessly, I think.
I take a deep breath and sidestep my fear and begin
speaking from the place where beauty and bravery meet—
within the chambers of a quivering heart.
Terry Tempest Williams