“When you cease to fear your solitude, a new creativity awakens in you. Your forgotten or neglected inner wealth begins to reveal itself. You come home to yourself and learn to rest within.”
“That which is scattered has no unity, whereas that which is gathered comes home to unity and belonging.”
“Ultimately, wisdom and vision are sisters; the creativity, critique, and prophecy of vision issue from the fount of Wisdom.”
“Only in solitude can you get a sense of your own beauty.”
~ John O’Donohue, Anam Cara
Stillness, solitude, deep listening, guided imagery, and mindful attention are some of the doorways for accessing the gifts of the liminal or medial — gifts of the Feminine — the ‘fount’ or source from which Wisdom, inspiration, imagination, real attention, and creativity arise.
This recovery of sacred (and incredibly practical) gifts is ever more essential in the current Age of Distraction, where we’re drawn so far outside of ourselves that the gifts of attention, imagination, and so on are co-opted into agendas which are none too healthy, and often quite toxic.
For many, the body is there, but nobody’s home.
A mass, technology-facilitated, brain-power-and-empathy-reducing, out-of-body experience is underway, but in a mindless, harmful way.
The ‘medicine’ and bonus-benefits:
A growing body of research from contemporary neuroscience shows that contemplative or spiritual practices are exceptionally good for your brain – increasing calm, compassion, empathy, intuitive access, insight, attention; and decreasing limbic-centered fear, anxiety, and stress. It does a body, and a spirit, good.
What have you noticed from your own experiments with these ‘inner-wealth recovery’ practices (a.k.a. Via Feminina practices)? If you want to explore and experience the benefits more deeply, send along an email.
Big Love and Happy Yin’ing,