Ep 140 We Ask Questions – Waq #8

November 22, 2023

Good morning from Greenwich, Connecticut. Today is Wednesday and on Wednesdays we ask questions. Today’s question is inspired by something I’m doing with the poet philosopher David Whyte, whom I reference frequently. He does a series called ‘Three Sundays in June, Three Sundays in March, Three Sundays in November, in this case. The series that started yesterday is called ‘One Clear Path’ and in this first Sunday lecture he was explaining that when he’s talking about one clear path he’s not talking about narrowing and deepening focus . He talks about one clear path as a practice of being able to reengage more and more in all circumstances with what is essential and important to us.

In fact the subtitle of One Clear Path is ‘Freeing Our Lives from the Distracted Mind’. He talks about beckoning as in when we’re being drawn or called to do something, but at a certain point we don’t trust ourselves. Actually, he talks about two things. On the one hand it can feel like our circumstances are simply too difficult to do what we really want. But sometimes it’s that we don’t trust ourselves. We have this sense that we’re going to simply go back and drop into our old habits, and we’re going to be with our normal comforting distractions.

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