Until recently, I have always relied on my own God-given passion and enthusiasm for spiritual transformation to inspire and motivate those around me - in my classes, in loved ones, and in the people I encounter on a daily basis. However, for the first time in my life, this process doesn't seem to be working. I am sensing what seems to be a new tiredness, boredom, busyness, passionlessness, disillusionment or scepticism - I am not sure which - in the attitudes and behaviors of many of those around me, and this, I find, is quite disconcerting. I have always striven the best I can to be a mirror in which others can see their own true nature and feel similarly inspired. But I realize that I am currently fighting some sort of nameless societal trend that is working against this kind of passion, enthusiasm and inspiration.
With the appearance this week - en masse - of the first Spring wildflower in the foothills of our central Rocky Mountains, I feel a fresh and newly-invigorating inspiration to see the results of my passion and enthusiasm not in those around me, but in the landscape itself. I feel in a renewed way that the natural world - and the Divine who is so vividly present there - does indeed experience a new infusion of energy from my presence whenever I am out hiking, journaling, reflecting and meditating in the Great Outdoors. I trust that some day my classes, loved ones and friends will once again become awake and sensitive to such passion and inspiration. After all, everything has a tendency to move in ever-changing cycles. But for now - well - I'm going to focus my time and attention simply on my own passionate, two-way love affair with the Divine.
For that, in the end, is all there EVER really is.
Photo: Spring-Beauties, Lory State Park, CO, March 6, 2016
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Stephen Hatch, M.A. is a spiritual teacher and photographer from Fort Collins, Colorado. His approach is contemplative, inter-spiritual, and Earth-based.