by Nancy Bishop
The leaves are all raked into piles, lawn furniture is neatly stacked inside, the fish pond has been put to bed. The door closes on another summer and soon another year. Time to go inside. Listen. What is calling you at this time in your life? What are you hungry for?
Do you long for a simpler life with deeper connections, more meaningful work to express your values or, a loving relationship? Whatever you seek outside of yourself, first, find it within yourself. If you want deeper connections, connect deeply with yourself. If you desire more meaningful work clarify what your values are. If you want a loving relationship then show yourself how you want to be loved.
When you "feed" yourself, and only you know what will nourish you, you will no longer need to look outside of yourself for things to fill you up. You will never, ever go hungry again.
Imagine life is a banquet that you have been invited to. All of the "food" has been prepared especially for you. It's up to you to decide what you want and need. This means that you will have to choose and say "No" to some things to make room for the things you want to say "Yes" to.
When we partake of "food" that nourishes our souls we become whole. We can afford to be in the world and be ourselves. When we are "full" we naturally want to find ways to "feed" others.
There is a banquet prepared just for you. I wish you a big plate piled high with all that is nourishing to you. And, after you have been completely "fed", a soft pillow for your head and sweet, sweet dreams.