Do you ever look out at the night sky and just… wonder? Have you ever been faced with one of life’s great mysteries, or even the simple task of learning something new or starting all over, and felt curious instead of fearful? Here’s a little reminder to embrace the mystery and delight in discovery again (that approach seems to sprout magic).
The mysteries (or mystery, period?) of life can be an incredibly healing part of our journey here.
I believe that our main purpose here is to be here, fully and simply. To experience and express for the sake of experience and expression. Sounds plain. Practiced, it’s anything but plain and gives more life to our days.
Actually, what feels like one of the most spiritual practices to me is swimming with the mysteries, not closing my curious heart off to them or putting them neatly into a little-labeled box. Naming what can’t be named is one way to avoid open-ended exploration — and that is something worth our while.
Lately, I’ve been thinking quite a bit about relaxing into the unknown, learning how to be at ease inside the storm and reverent for the changing seasons. I’ve been trying not to think too hard about it all. I guess feeling into the unknown is a better phrase for the experience.
If you can let yourself be a little bit better — curious, welcoming — about what you don’t know and be a little less defensive about what you do know, I’m almost certain you’ll uncover more joy in the process of being alive.
Next time you’re confronted with the feeling of being stuck, consider opening up to whatever wants to pierce your armor. If the mystery of tomorrow scares you, experiment with turning your fear into its close relative: enthusiasm.
The future is full of things that have never been… and that’s why we’re here, maybe: to be part of the great unfolding mystery itself.
Some Quotes to Remind Us to Embrace the Mystery of Life
1. “If people sat outside and looked at the stars each night, I bet they’d live a lot differently.” — Bill Watterson
2. “The eye is always caught by light, but shadows have more to say.” — Gregory Maguire
3. “You must have shadow and light source both. Listen, and lay your head under the tree of awe.” — Rumi“Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life.” — Rachel Carson tell a friend
5. “I wanted a perfect ending. Now I’ve learned, the hard way, that some poems don’t rhyme, and some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next. Delicious Ambiguity.” — Gilda Radner
6. “I am learning to trust the journey even when I do not understand it.” — Mila Bron
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7. “The quieter you become, the more you are able to hear.” — Rumi“Keep some room in your heart for the unimaginable.” — Mary Oliver tell a friend
9. “People like you and I, though mortal of course, like everyone else, do not grow old no matter how long we live. What I mean is we never cease to stand like curious children before the great Mystery into which we were born.” — Albert Einstein
10. “There is no exquisite beauty… without some strangeness in the proportion.” — Edgar Allen Poe
11. “The very least you can do in your life is to figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope, running down its hallways, touching the walls on both sides.” — Barbara Kingsolver
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13. “Truly, we live with mysteries too marvelous
to be understood.
How grass can be nourishing in the
mouths of the lambs.
How rivers and stones are forever
in allegiance with gravity
while we ourselves dream of rising.
How two hands touch and the bonds
will never be broken.
How people come, from delight or the
scars of damage,
to the comfort of a poem.
Let me keep my distance, always, from those
who think they have the answers.
Let me keep company always with those who say
‘Look!’ and laugh in astonishment,
and bow their heads.”
— Mary Oliver, “Mysteries, Yes”
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In the comments below, tell me:
Are you willing to embrace the mystery and explore (whatever comes) with a little less rigidity? What helps you do that, and find peace in the middle of all this mystery?
Help a friend say “yes” to the mysteries, too, and share this post with them.