I celebrated my 43rd birthday a few days ago, and as is often the case around the anniversary of my birth, I found myself in deep inquiry about various aspects of my life. Where do I want to live? What in my life is not alignment with my deeper values? What will need to change in my life in order to live with more simplicity? were among the many questions I entertained as I walked through the woods on my birthday hike. I am not a stranger to asking deeper questions, but as of late, in response to the ongoing uncertainty of life as we now know it, I find myself a bit more anxious as the big questions arise. It is no surprise, my life (and just about everyone else's) is in transition and I feel myself on the verge of something new. While it feels exciting and right, it also feels uncomfortable, and a little scary.
In the weekly Monday Morning Sangha and The SisterWell Circle, in my individual client sessions, and in many of my everyday conversations with friends, family and colleagues, I hear so many people expressing this same uncertainty, discomfort and curiosity about how to navigate the transitions and changes in their own lives. Across the board it seems to be a mix of excitement and fear. Which makes so much sense. While it can be very exciting to be on the verge of something new in life, and it can make us feel alive when we come closer to what feels true to us, it can also be scary to ask the deeper questions, the very questions that bring us closer to these truths. Because, when we first ask the questions, we don't know yet what the answers will be.
But no matter how uncertain the answers may be, or the degree of transition asking the questions may usher into our lives, there is wisdom in asking them. There is wisdom in being willing to ask the very questions that may open our lives into a deeper, richer expression of what we love and value, even if those questions turn our lives inside out. There is wisdom in having faith, that no matter the outcome of the questions we ask, we have the ability to be present with what arises. There is wisdom in being curious, for its own sake. This curiosity and willingness to ask deeper questions inevitably always bring us closer to what is true.
To support this exploration of curiosity and asking deeper questions, I am offering a series of upcoming events: