During a recent trip down a virtual rabbit hole I ended up on Deena Metzger’s blog and read this, “It is required that we fall apart and reconstitute to meet the new reality.” Hmmmm….
Definitely not a new idea, but it planted itself in the path of my annual rumination with the enormous presence of a great tree and wouldn’t let me pass.
With the political, economic and natural events of the past few years we’re already a world in deep transformation in so many ways. Add to that a spiritual or cultural practice of thinking about new beginnings at this time of year. Then add the results of the recent presidential election in the U.S. and falling apart starts to look all too easy. Reconstitution, on the other hand, seems a lot more challenging.
How, then, do we go on?
Is there a way to fall apart and reconstitute with grace and intention?
Absolutely. You’ve probably already done it at least once in your life. And…my intuition tells me that a reminder and maybe a pep talk would be helpful 🙂
Falling apart and reconstitution … destruction and rebirth … out with the old and in with the new … however we talk about it we’re still engaged in the endless natural rhythm of the life cycle. Since natural cycles are our template, reconstitution will always follow falling apart.
So here’s the reminder… Whenever possible, consciously fall apart and reassemble. Sticking your head in the sand until collapse happens means it takes lots longer to reconstitute, and the results are far less predictable. Stay engaged and aware. Pay attention to the gut feeling that says, “There’s something up or off or wrong.”
Preparing to deeply meet the possibilities of the new goes beyond making resolutions or even intentions. It invites you to connect with the building resonance of the new possibility being born. To become a holy part of its rising presence by adding your unique voice and perspective.
And here’s the pep talk … Consciously falling apart and reconstituting takes time, courage, and the willingness to see yourself and the beliefs on which you rest your life with absolute honesty. It also takes staying present with the uncomfortable results of falling apart: confusion, pain, disillusionment, grief, anger, and actively partnering in your own reconstitution so the new reality is truly an evolutionary step, not just a different flavor of what just collapsed. I know you can do that. I believe in you.