What does Passion mean to you?
For the first half of my life I thought Passion was that feeling derived from sex and love. BTW this is also the time I thought sex & love were the same thing.
Passion was that fleeting thing that waxed and waned according to life’s circumstance. It conjured up images of operatic gestures and storylines about extreme choices made in sudden fits of itself.
But in more recent days I am coming to know a different kind of Passion. A more soulful call from deep within that is not sudden or fitful but gradual and steady. It calls to me when I seek it. It patiently waits on me to pick up it’s trail. It is not dependent on conditions. It existed then, exists now and will always exist. This kind of uninterrupted Passion shows me the way.
Are these two branches from the same tree? Are they siblings, cousins or ancient ancestors? No I don’t think so, their effects are both a call to action, but their way of doing things are so completely different.
Perhaps they overlap eachother like my younger and now older selves. Or perhaps they are companions which simultaneously inform each other like surf and shore?
I can see conditional Passion’s irregular waves roaring and breaking toward land creating an ever changing line on top of the shore. It alternates between exposing and covering up that other species of Passion, the unfluctuating one. Whether seen or unseen, unconditional Passion is like all shores everywhere – unceasingly directional, timeless and forever joining land to sea.
I love this place were the land and sea meet. I am fixed by it’s constantly changing and changeless nature. It is here at the shore’s edge we are able to see all the possibilities of becoming our truest selves. It is here where choice and moment meet and I become awake.
I am grateful to be able to recognize this enduring flow of things and to periodically live in my own becoming.
How do you experience Passion?
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