One day back when I was about thirty, I sat on my bed rubbing my eyes after waking from lovely afternoon nap. The sun shone through the east window of my third-floor bedroom onto the knotty pine walls, making them the color of dark honey. Some of the knots looked to me like a woman’s head or a horse’s eye or a flower. It felt like time outside of time. In the midst of my reverie I heard a voice, clear as day, firmly declare, “Love makes the world go round.” I sat up, still looking at the wall, scratching my head, taking this in.
“Wow! Love does make the world go round,” I whispered in awe. “I thought it was a cliché. But no. Now I see. Everything is fueled by love.” I let it sink in some more.
My mind kicked in to provide examples of how that can’t be right. But deep down in the marrow of my bones I knew it was true. Love is what propels everything in the universe.
Though I had been waking up from my nap for a while now, I had suddenly awakened.
No longer a cliché to me, the words “love makes the world go ‘round” guide me. They remind me of my light and yours. To focus on love is to feed our souls, to acknowledge that from which we create, to honor what sustains us. Each one of us who focusses on love heals ourselves and planet.
In today’s world, as much as the news, the cultural stories and personal conversations draw us into fear, chaos, and drama, I keep looking toward love, noticing love even where it doesn’t seem apparent, expressing love by simply being present to all that is going on. It is a practice that is ongoing. And like anything that takes practice, it not that easy for me. But the more I practice, the easier it gets.
If each one of us “feeds love”, in small ways or large, that is what will grow. Each expression of our love, small or large, nourishes a world hungry to express the love that makes it go ‘round.
Take out your journal, pen and colored markers:
What is a moment when you understood something on a deeply transformational level?
What shifted in your life?
How does that understanding continue to inform you?
How do you feed and focus on love?
Lynn Baskfield guides you through rites of passage* with storytelling, writing, creative expression, ritual, retreats, nature and very centrally, the wisdom of horses. A lifelong horsewoman, she partners with horses to evoke insights and learning that you cannot get by thinking, reading, or talk coaching only. If you work with Lynn and her experiential coaching approach, confidence, joy and creative solutions will emerge naturally as you move forward.
Lynn holds an M.A in Human Development and is a certified life coach, transformational educator and the author of two books. As owner of SpiritDance Coaching, she has been coaching, training, and conducting retreats for individuals and groups since 1997. She also trains and mentors equine guided professionals around the world. www.lynnbaskfield.com
* Adult Rites of Passage: Stepping into Your Big Dream, Career Change, Empty Nest, Moving, Conscious Aging, Facing Chronic or Life-Threatening Illness, Loss and Grief