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Earlier this fall, after a fun and adventurous summer, I found myself in a funk of utter loneliness when my kids went back to school. Making friends in this new place hasn't been as easy as I was hoping. Culture and demographics have been obstacles and for days I found myself desperate for some face to face connection. I am a woman who NEEDS friendship. But I came across this quote from poet John O'Donohue and I decided to embrace this lonely time in my life as a chance to discover myself.
“When you cease to fear your solitude, a new creativity awakens in you. Your forgotten or neglected wealth begins to reveal itself. You come home to yourself and learn to rest within. Thoughts are our inner senses. Infused with silence and solitude, they bring out the mystery of inner landscape.”
I remember hearing a talk at church when I was in college where the speaker talked about a “core sample”, which is a mining technique where a drill goes into the rock and retrieves a shaft of the stone for scientists to analyze the content of the rock, to determine its value.
I’ve been thinking about what a core sample of ME would look like. What am I made of? What parts of my identity belong to my soul? What bits of Jane can never be taken away?
This is what I came up with. And I would really love it if anyone else wants to join me. Email me your core sample. I would love to read it. Discover yourself. What bits of you will always remain intact even if everything else falls apart?
My soul is the offspring of a divine Father and Mother, whose love and affections fill me with joy and are manifested in many, or all, of the things that speak to my soul. My inherent worth comes because of this relationship. I am entitled to communication and connection with my spiritual creator.
My soul yearns for connection and love from other humans, wherever I go. It mourns with the tribulations of those I love and others I’ve never met. It revels in the joy observed in the lives of others, known and unknown to me.
My body and soul feel most connected when I run and when I practice yoga. Running empowers me, fills my soul with confidence and strength, and moments of pure glee.
Yoga clears my head, amplifies my spiritual inklings, and gives me peace.
My soul loves Earth and nature. It cringes with the death of living creatures and it glows with fields and trees. Rivers are the resting place of my soul. Sunshine is like helium in a balloon, it inflates and lifts my soul.
My intellect speaks in logic and reason, my soul speaks in faith.
I consider myself a pacifist. I believe I’m incapable of killing.
I am inspired by music, everything from Enya to Sean Kingston, Yo-Yo Ma, Alicia Keys, Debussy and Journey.
I am kind. I am free. I am longing. I am earnest and sensitive. I am friendly and accommodating. I am sentimental.
My soul is a travel warrior, ever daydreaming of road trips and international adventures. I crave new scenery, new cultures, new foods.
I am capable of overcoming, loving, learning and succeeding.
Watch this video and see how Glennon discovered herself.
And this poem...