David Christopher reflects on the importance of the stories we tell ourselves.
Mind your stories.
Mind your stories; question them often.
Nourish those that serve.
Change those that do not.
Far easier said than done, yes?
For many of our darker stories
have cut grooves in the primordial stone of our psyches-
and the river of mind all too easily turns back into
these dark and shadowy valleys.
So mind also your story
about changing your story;
be quick to forgive
both yourself and your world
should the story be slow to change.
Mind your stories; know them for what they are.
For more than it is through your wild circumstances,
it is instead through your stories
that you might find
Mind your stories about health,
about what is sickness, wellness,
For it is not your suffering,
but your stories about suffering
that makes pain either buoyant
Mind your stories about prosperity,
about what is enough.
For it is not your desire,
but your stories about desire
that leaves you
either full or wanting.
If you find yourself succumbing to envy,
surround yourself with the impoverished.
If you find yourself succumbing to
surround yourself with those
who are kind, gentle, and wise.
Do these things, and you may learn
of the deeper meaning of prosperity.
Mind your stories about happiness,
about what will bring you joy.
Be wary of striving for happiness;
it would be like striving to grow a flower garden.
You can do only this:
find a sunny place for the soul,
prepare the soil of your destiny,
water the seeds of what might be,
tend to the weeds of shadowy stories,
the rose will bloom all bright and shining . . .
but you can never force her to do so.
And beyond health, prosperity, and happiness,
mind your larger story.
Mind your story about your place in our cosmos.
Know that along with all of the beings
of the Web of Life,
you, too, are a child of the Infinite:
that great, mysterious process
that worked patiently
for billions of years
to bring your tiny but delightful
sacred sparkle of stardust
Finally, mind your contribution to our larger story.
Ponder your place in the possibility
that we are growing beyond
both the story of gods and goddesses
serving or stymying us
and the old scientific story
of a decaying and meaningless Universe
to a new story of the Infinite,
a Planetary Story of a mysteriously creative Universe.
Know that we each have a place
in the birth of this emerging story,
and that yours is a vital role as midwife.
For it is through our new story that we can awaken
to a deeper communion with Earth,
know and love our place within her Web of Life,
rejoice in her,
and share in her bounty.
And we do so with gratitude, respect,
for we know that, while we have learned much,
there is still much to learn
as our Planetary Story awakens within
our Holy Universe.
David is the storyteller of the ‘New Story’ and the author of The Holy Universe: A New Story of Creation for the Heart, Soul, and Spirit. For more great inspiration from other Inspirational Luminaries like David, please visit InspireMeToday.com.