More Capacious


Everything comes to us that belongs to us if we create the capacity to receive it.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               ~Rabindranath Tagore 

And so it seems that what I find within myself is more capacious and more important than the distractions of the world. Not to say that my action and service in the world are unimportant, but rather that both action and service flow from my inner capacity- an intentionally generated inner spaciousness. When my love and compassion become the fulfillment I require to be in the world, then everything that comes to me, with me and through me, I am able to receive.

Is this the possibility of becoming incarnate love and compassion in the world? Is this spaciousness born of freeing myself of those worldly things that bind me? It is my sense that to acknowledge and live from this inner truth is to be soul fully present in life. Will my sense of purpose, my understanding of what contribution I am uniquely called to offer become clearer as I surrender to this truth?

As I move through my daily experiences, I increasingly see the heart and beauty that many people bring to menial tasks. I am aware of a sacramental presence in the way people treat each other with kindness and gentleness – laughter and hope. To catch glimpses of this omnipresent beauty through casual encounter strengthens the fabric of my connection to all around me.

Perhaps in the end, Mother Theresa is wise to observe that we are at our best when we ‘do small things with great love’. Perhaps life’s difficulties are eased not by ridding ourselves of difficulty but by transforming suffering through love and compassion– maybe this is the important capacity to strengthen. Reality doesn’t change, I do –



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