Don’t Let Go of the Thread

I came across this poem recently:

The Way It Is, by William Stafford

There’s a thread you follow. It goes among
things that change. But it doesn’t change.
People wonder about what you are pursuing.
You have to explain about the thread.
But it is hard for others to see.
While you hold it you can’t get lost.
Tragedies happen; people get hurt
or die; and you suffer and get old.
Nothing you do can stop time’s unfolding.
You don’t ever let go of the thread.

In our 1:1 coaching sessions we begin with a process that invites clients to think about who they are beyond all responsibilities. We invite them to re-meet themselves. People describe it as connecting to their gut, their intuition, their soul, a feeling of peace, or a sense of self-love.

For me I’ve had times in my life where I’ve not felt connected to that feeling very much at all, and other times when I’ve felt really close to it. There are times when I’ve felt so connected to my gut, intuition, soul or ‘thread’ as William Stafford calls it, that anything has seemed possible.

I’ve learnt over time that when I am connected to that part of me, life seems to unfold and opportunities open up and life feels full of potential.

And even further to that, when I feel connected to this part of me I feel better equipped to navigate all that life throws up. I feel a deep sense of resilience.

For me, the easiest way to access this part of myself is to get very still and listen, if I take the time to quieten the gremlins, worries and concerns I can hear that calm quiet voice of wisdom within.

I call mine my Core, and I know that come rain or shine it will always be there ready for me to return to, ready for me to return to that sense of peace. When I come back to it it feels like getting back on track emotionally and spiritually, it feels like picking up the thread again.

We all have a ‘Core’, a gut, intuition, a soul, a thread, and we all have different ways to access that part of ourselves. My invitation to you today is to think about all the ways in which you can tap into yours.

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