I was walking out of my office this morning, and a flier from the Zen Center we share the building with caught my eye. The flier asked:
"Where are the wild places in your life?"
"What if those places which feel 'wild' are opportunities to be free? Free from the barriers we place in the way of our access to being present to what is arising in the moment. The Chinese character for 'chaos' is a compound character. The two elements of the character mean 'dangerous' and 'opportunity.' Wild places feel dangerous, out of our control, and very alive."
I started thinking about the places that feel 'wild' within me- and how exhilarating that wild edge can be. I also started thinking about the places in myself, and my life, that feel dangerous. Like speaking up in front of a group, or singing on stage. These places of showing ourselves can feel so scary, so out of control! Yet they carry with them such opportunity to feel alive, to feel free.
So- Where are the wild places in your life?