One day I walk on stones.
Today I walk in hours,
One day I shall be home.”
Bruce Cockburn - “One Day I Walk”
The spiritual path is hard. Certainly there is tremendous joy, but some days it can seem like a grind. When weeks go by with no epiphanies, when it seems the Universe has forgotten all about you and when even the parking space gods are looking the other way as you circle the block for the umpteenth time, one can wonder: What is the point? Why bother?
Various spiritual traditions offer a number of reasons why we should bother and great comfort can be found in the words of the Christ or the Buddha or one of many learned mystics or sages. Other times, Nature or art or one’s community may offer a reason to continue the practice, to keep the faith. However, when we are unable to find inspiration in the usual places, we may feel we are left with only ourselves, the face in the mirror…and perhaps a bad case of the blahs.
Sometimes taking a day off can help. Being too focused on our personal work can cause tunnel vision and we may forget to enjoy other aspects of life. An afternoon people-watching in a café, or taking in an entertaining movie or book, can refresh our mind and clear our vision. So can fun physical activities, such as dancing or sports. Physical activity is particularly good for integration and sometimes when we are stuck it is because we have not completely absorbed a lesson or an insight.
So after our refreshing break, we return…to the meditation cushion, to the journal, to the work. We return because even though the effects of our work may seem unclear, we are willing to live into the mystery….and work for another opportunity to walk in flowers.