I recently discovered the incredible work of David Whyte. Then, the very next day, I found out that he is currently in Australia AND coming to Byron Bay next week.
Excitedly recounting the synchronicity to my boyfriend, I was delighted to find out that he already owns some of his books.
Then this morning, I found another reference to David Whyte in my own home.
I’d picked up one of my all time favorite books – ‘I Will Not Die an Unlived Life’ by Dawna Markova to randomly flick through for some inspiration to start the day.
I landed on a page with David Whyte’s name on the top. It really gets my attention when things happen in three’s like this!
What was even more interesting, is that the quote that jumped out at me this morning, was the very same one that had caught my attention when flicking through my boyfriend’s book.
It was something that an Australian, Benedictine monk had once said to David:
‘The antidote to exhaustion may not be rest. It may be wholeheartedness.
You are so exhausted because of all the things you are doing are just busyness.
There’s a central core of wholeheartedness totally missing from what you are doing.’ – Brother David Steindl-Rast
I thought to myself, ok universe, I get it. Time to be more wholehearted in everything I do!
So I stopped what I was doing and took myself out for a walk.
It is a lovely sunny day and walking, something that was formerly a daily part of my self care ritual, has somehow become less and less frequent.
One of the reasons I love going walking so much, is that I always get incredible signs from the universe.
It doesn’t matter where I am, or where I go. It’s like we (the universe and I) have an agreement that this ‘our’ time.
By listening to the whispers on walks over the years, I have got more and more beautiful signs, affirmations and messages.
Today, I found a magical new track very close to my home. It may well be my new favorite path.
It reminded me of places I used to walk in Canberra, where I grew up. I felt connected to the landscape and my sense of home.
And sure enough, there on the path, I got a whisper another reminder, about wholeheartedness (see the photo above).
It got me thinking…on some level, we are all exhausted from our busyness.
There IS a central core of wholeheartedness totally missing.
We all have a hole in our hearts.
And that ‘hole’ is our lost sense of connection to home.
Home here on earth, to nature and her cycles, as well as home within our own hearts, families, communities and lives.
So of course, wholeheartedness is the solution – to our busyness as well as our exhaustion!
It is a moment by moment decision to truly come home.
Are you willing to make it?