Dancing in the Middle Passage

Posted by on Oct 4, 2012 in Coleen's Blog | 2 comments

I am currently reading a thought provoking book, Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life: How to Finally, Really Grow Up by Jungian analyst, James Hollis. Given where I am in my life story (in the second half) much of what Hollis writes is  resonating with me, “Despite the blandishments of popular culture, the goal of life is not happiness but meaning.”  How true, if  the pursuit of happiness is the only topic on our agenda we will miss the opportunity for the deeper soul work that is the antidote to the angst of the middle passage. Our culture, has devised numerous distractions to keep us from tuning in to our deep inner voice, our soul work.  I may unintentionally miss my brilliant potential to live a fully engaged life. I need to turn down the external noise, tune in, create space for silence. Close both eyes to see with the third.

How can we, each of us live a life fully engaged with meaning and purpose, knowing from our grown up experience that disappointment and loss will continue to be co-mingled with joy and growth?

How will your story unfold as you continue dancing in the middle passage?

“Feeling good is a poor measure of a life, but living meaningfully is a good one…” J. Hollis