Jeff Foster

Wise Words: Sacred Exhaustion

With all that is going on in the world, it is easy to feel worn out mentally, emotionally, spiritually and physically. If you’re like me, time alone isn’t a luxury anymore, it’s a necessity. Time alone to feel only my own energies, think my own thoughts, experience my own emotions. To simply clear away all that isn’t mine.

This felt like a good time to re-post about this phenomenon. Months ago, a friend posted on social media, claiming loudly, strongly, clearly, powerfully, that she is just going to go at her own pace. Upon reading this, I burst into tears. Something resonated so deeply about the words, the ideas, the knowingness buried deep within me, like a lost treasure. It’s a piece written by Jeff Foster. Does it resonate with you?

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SACRED EXHAUSTION

Your tiredness has dignity to it!
Do not rush to pathologise it, or push it away, for it may contain great intelligence, even medicine.
You have been on a long journey from the stars, friend.
Bow before your tiredness now; do not fight it any longer.
There is no shame in admitting that you cannot go on.
Even the courageous need to rest.
For a great journey lies ahead.
And you will need all of your resources.
Come, sit by the fire of Presence.
Let the body unwind; drop into the silence here.
Forget about tomorrow, let go of the journey to come, and sink into this evening’s warmth.
Every great adventure is fuelled by rest at its heart.
Your tiredness is noble, friend, and contains healing power… if you would only listen.

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I will allow myself to go at my own pace! How about you?

xo

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Be Inspired: 03.03.16

THERE IS NO MONSTER INSIDE YOU

Fall in love with the darkness.
With the piss and the shit of life.
The shadows, the hidden parts.
The bits we hide out of shame.

Fall in love with the innocence.
Our childhood fears of the dark.
Of being exposed. Of showing ourselves,
being seen, coming into the light.

The doubts, the secret pains,
our strange fantasies, feelings we
just don’t know what to do with.
Terrors of the night-time.
The rage that bubbles just under the surface.
The fear that we are not loveable.

The feelings and thoughts we conceal
to maintain the image of ‘me’.
To be good, to be nice, to be spiritual.
To be ‘the one who can hold it all together’.

Fall in love with this secret humanity.
Know that darkness is NOT darkness,
only scared fragments longing to come into the light,
beings who want love, and attention,
and breath, and inclusion in the larger picture of Self.

Do not seek the light, friend.
Simply be the light. Be what you are.
The light of life.
And have the courage to shine fully
on the sore places, the tender places.

Illuminate. Radiate.
Make it safe for the little monsters
to come out of hiding.
Let them know they are beautiful.
And worthy.
And not monsters at all.

– Jeff Foster

 

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Words by Jeff Foster (www.lifewithoutacentre.com)