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How to live a truly satisfying life

We put our house up for sale a couple of days ago and it seems a good time to stop, take a deep breath -- and give thanks for the trustworthiness and simple perfection of life.

The past three months have been a bit of a roller coaster as we finally faced the clutter we have accumulated over the years, while at the same time acknowledging areas of the house that needed attention -- in some cases, a lot of attention.

It's a very sweet thing, as I say, to come to the end of a busy cycle -- and realize that the stillness and peace of being that I have come to know and love is present with me now just as it has been throughout the last three months.

This is a remarkable thing, it seems to me. We change, as we meet the challenges of our lives. But the truth at the core of our being is unchanged by any of it.

Trust change -- and extend the borders of your life

I came across a rather remarkable quote the other day that I'd like to share, from a Spanish philosopher named Jose Ortega y Gasset. It goes like this: "Our firmest convictions are apt to be the most suspect, they mark our limitations and our bounds. Life is a petty thing unless it is moved by the indomitable urge to extend its boundaries."

Though they were written a century or more ago, these words portray very accurately the situation or challenge in which we all find ourselves in these days.

It doesn't matter where we live on the planet. It doesn't matter how old we are, or what our gender is, or how successful or unsuccessful you think you are.

If we want to live a truly satisfying life -- if we want to be truly happy -- we must be true to the indomitable urge within us to let the boundaries of our life be extended. And then be extended some more.

We must be willing to question even our firmest convictions -- and keep changing.

Listen to your inner voice

Change is not always comfortable. But the funny thing is that when we honestly listen to the wisdom that is in us and answer its call for change, if that is what is going on --it feels good.

It feels very good.

What is hard -- the very definition of suffering -- is trying to hang on to our convictions and avoid change at all costs.

JoAnn and I have been very happy in our home in a quiet and peaceful cul-de-sac in Loveland, Colorado.

We'd have been quite happy to keep on living here, me going for my familiar hikes, interacting with familiar faces and circumstances -- JoAnn going to meet her friends at her local quilting group. But one day about three months or so ago – out of the blue, it seemed -- this quiet inner voice began speaking to us.

It spoke to both of us at the same time.

Trust change, trust life

"Time to make a move," said this inner voice. "Time to go back to Denver."

I can't say I know all the reasons behind this move. I can see one or two reasons, and they make a certain kind of sense. But I'm sure there are more reasons of which I’m completely unaware.

It comes down to trust, it seems to me. Trust life. Trust your own inner wisdom. And above all -- trust the process of change that is at work in our world.

It’s possible, more than possible, that it knows what it’s doing – and that back of the apparent confusion and chaos in our lives and everywhere else an unshakable order and purpose is at work with blessing in its wings.

But what do you think? What’s happening in your life?

I'd love to hear from you, and I wish you all the very best as you handle the challenges that are up in your own life.

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Noel Gaughan April 8, 2010 at 2:48 pm

Dear Chris,I feel the now familiar urge to respond to the spirit you express so well. I have not got any fixed idea of what to say in this post except that I felt a strong urge to share support and goodwill with you around your move. I too feel the need to let the borders of my experience be extended a bit more these days. I have been attending a self help group for people who have nervous illness for the last six weeks or so.I am finding that as I step out in response to life’s invitation to live more even though I cant see exactly where I’m going in advance,it’s all working out just right. The name of the group is Recovery Inc. and the title of the textbook which we use during a meeting is “Mental Health through will training” This book is full of useful tools and coping stratagies for succesful living with “nerves”. The meetings are also providing a new arena of service in my life for which I am grateful


Christopher Foster April 9, 2010 at 9:08 am

Such a pleasure to hear from you Noel. Thank you so much for your support re our move and thank you especially for sharing something of your own experience as you “extend the borders” of your own life. I admire your steadfastness and determination in this and I am with you in your journey just as I know you are with me in my journey. It’s a magical thing that we can share a tender but strong agreement even though geographically we are many miles apart. Love and blessings to you.


Daily Spiritual Tools April 15, 2010 at 8:27 pm

What you call the inner wisdom I think of as the divine consciousness that we share with all creation. I sometimes call it the quiet voice within or the ego with the big E rather than the ego with the little e. Good luck on your move and keep on listening to that profound conciousness that helps to co create our reality. Namaste, Sherry


Christopher Foster April 16, 2010 at 9:58 am

Thanks for these thoughts Sherry. Very happy to hear from you. Whatever we call it oh yes, we do share one consciousness with all creation don’t we. Good luck to you too as you pursue your own way in life.


Caroline January 26, 2013 at 10:03 am

Wishing you well with your move Chris. 18months ago i moved form the UK to British Columbia, Canada and even with the challenges that come with such a big move it has and is a wonderful experience. I can’t remember a period of time longer than a couple of weeks when i have been totally ‘comfortable’ and feel that as a person i grow with each challenge and my patience has improved immensely!
I am very much looking forward to receiving your wisdom
Happy days


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