Walking the Path

tumblr_mkelf8LnEX1r3bnwbo1_500[1]“Neo, sooner or later you’re going to realize just as I did that there’s a difference between knowing the path and walking the path.” – Morpheus, The Matrix

Knowing the path. Most, many, of us know the path. We have values, we live by a moral and ethical code.  We hear the call of our soul.  We have a good feel for what completes us.  We sense what brings us peace and joy and what does not.  We know what nourishes us.  We know what brings us good health. We know the path.

And, yet, we don’t walk the path. Sometimes we fool ourselves into believing if we talk about the path – and, we have lots of knowledge – then we are walking it.  The old adage – learn to walk your talk – comes to mind.

In my experience walking the path can sometimes be exhilarating and sometimes extremely painful – at least in the short term. Isn’t it odd we avoid the path for both reasons?  Or, maybe we are afraid of the fear that may arise when we change?  We assume fear when we may experience ecstasy?  Hard to say what motivates each of us to immobility.   It’s a safe bet fear is lurking somewhere in our thoughts.

Fear. What is it, exactly?  Here’s a pretty good definition from the Psychology Today site:

“Fear is a vital response to physical and emotional danger—if we didn’t feel it, we couldn’t protect ourselves from legitimate threats. But often we fear situations that are far from life-or-death, and thus hang back for no good reason. Traumas or bad experiences can trigger a fear response within us that is hard to quell. Yet exposing ourselves to our personal demons is the best way to move past them.”  You can learn more about fear from their site here.

Could it be “exposing ourselves to our personal demons” is the first step on our journey? Courage is not the absence of fear, but moving ahead despite fear.  Is it courage that opens the door and allows us to walk the path?

Courage is a choice. Deal with our demons or not? See clearly or stay asleep?  Follow our soul or seek approval? In a way how courageous we are shapes our entire life.  I expect we are all way more courageous than we know.

Talk the talk or walk the walk? The choice is always ours to make.


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