One of the words that came flying through the air to me while I was at the monastery was satisfaction. One morning, I went out into the western cloister to write and watch the day. I began brainstorming for a project that has been waiting within me like a seed, like an egg, like a cocoon. The words and ideas started to come in a rush, then a flood. I rode the wave for a while, and then I sat back and took a breath, and said, “This is so satisfying!” Later that afternoon, it happened again as I was working on a series of collages. I got so deeply involved in piecing images and words together that I stopped paying attention to what was in my head. When I came back to myself, I again felt the word satisfaction bumping about inside my spirit.
What makes you satisfied? It’s not the same as happiness, I think–though being satisfied makes me happy. For me, it’s the feeling of being in tune with my purpose, of being so involved in the moment that the voices are stilled, the voices that beg me to be this or that, to do more and better, to appear to be something I am not.
May some moment in your day bring you real satisfaction. Let’s nurture those moments.
5. This Moment
May we walk in Beauty!