A long, long time ago now – I took a long walk on my own through a place I didn’t know. I had never felt so desolate and never have since. Exam results had gone not just badly but disastrously but it could have been a million things that we could all relate to. I am sure many of you have taken that walk of desolation.
But in the absolute emptiness and silence of that walk I discovered something vital – a Voice within talking to me, telling me I was ok. I would survive. Somehow I would still have something to say in this life of mine.
Little did I realise then that that was the first time I had ever meditated. A walking meditation. I have meditated ever since. And very gradually I have been able to let go and respond more and more instintively to that inner Voice.
It is a Voice, I have increasingly discovered, that has a resounding sense of what is just and unjust in our world. It feels compelled to act. And, as we all know, it has had much to act over in recent years.
But it is also a Voice that never gives up on this wonderful life it offers us. It is enchanted by it. It is wounded by so much of what we get up to. But, above all, it loves it and us. So much so, on a daily basis, it demands we haul ourselves up each morning, stagger (or just sometimes launch ourselves) into our morning shower and give expression to it with all the verve and vitality that reverberates within us.
For me that involves being a spiritual activist in our world as much as being someone who still stands in awe of this wonderful part of Scotland that I live in, the Highlands.
For me that involves being someone who writes as much as I can to try and give justice to the extraordinary dichotomy of being a spiritually empowered person within a culture that is indoctrinated into a sense of personal striving.
But above all that involves being someone who is part of a global awakening to the higher consciousness that our world simply has to engage with in order to survive and flourish, especially in dealing with such issues as our environment, the great inequalities of our time and the conflicts raging across so many countries.
I look forward to engaging with you in the months and years ahead, whether that’s connecting with you on my blog, via Twitter or face to face at one of the workshops I am planning. Or even if you simply want to use the space I have in the Highlands for your own creative retreat.