I have come to realize that the things which matter the most to us and sort of define us , are exactly the places where we are most likely to face our deepest struggles and challenges – it’s also where we are more likely to get our toughest lessons – and maybe that’s where we are meant to grow the most – it’s not easy to find ourselves stuck at precisely the place which nourishes our soul the most – and perhaps that’s what it’s all about – to let go of all that is threatening to become larger than life for us – to let go of all the attachment to what seems like the whole world to us – for only when we let go, will we be able to see it for what it truly is- to realize it’s value – to balance our obsession with it is to make it more real and earthly so we can discard it at will and still be happy – and I feel it is one of the hardest lessons we can learn – from what we are passionate about – or obsessive about – Buddha said, ‘ We lose what we cling to.’ And those are empowering words – at any given time and place and state of mind, we should be able to let go of what we think we can’t – that’s where our power lies and that’s what will make us stronger to face what’s in our destiny – the river that flows remains fresh and alive while a lake that doesn’t move starts to emit rotting smell – think about it – to each his own journey.
Mother Teresa said, “The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread.” And I can’t help but ponder that perhaps the deepest need of every human soul is to be loved truly for what they are and for what they become. Nothing empowers a human more than the fact that he is loved for being uniquely himself. And that is what keeps them going- to brave the fiercest battles against circumstances read illness, loss, grief, bad finances and emerge stronger.
Yet its a big paradox that even though love is what is our very right as a human, is also a treasure that needs to be cherished and valued, even more when we get abundance of it. It’s the most fragile of life’s treasures, yet the most strongest. It is most sought after, longed for and craved for by souls. Those who stumble upon it by chance may not value it much and those who wait for it all their lives know its inestimable worth by its mere absence.
The search for true love may fuel many heartbreaks but it also dispels endless illusions of life as well, making us more aware of who we are and who we are not. It breaks down our walls and makes us see the world in a more humane way. It opens up human hearts to become more vulnerable, compassionate, kind and end the darkness of their inner world and move towards light. It’s the only way for us to grow closer to our real selves, to become more authentic and to be absolutely true to our cores; to be fearless to be ourselves and to be the highest version of our selves.
No wonder then, love is the highest calling for a human soul and one that can’t be replaced by any other energy. It’s the most potent energy to drive us to move mountains of obstacles and cross oceans of despair.
Once you feel this hunger deeply and intensely only then you can become capable of loving more and giving more. And it all begins by loving yourself first, by filling up your emptiness with the love for the self and love for the divine.
Hunger is a mere indicator of how far you have traveled on the road of love and a mere hump on the path of your soul calling. Accept and embrace this hunger and see the miracles unfold.
I feel passion is the single most potent force that rules this world and is the reason man has come way ahead of himself and his limitations to discover, invent and explore the impossible.
And as I go about trailing my passion for coffee, I realize that there’s a whole world out there to know that I did not have any clue about and the farther I walk into this world roused by this new found passion, the more intriguing it becomes and more challenging to explore.
The different aromas of coffee, the myriad ways in which it can be made, the way different people perceive it, taste it & relish it- it’s a new learning curve for me and I am enjoying it to bits.
Coffee, for me in a raw way is a liquid part of my being. It’s one addiction I am mighty proud of and shamelessly on top of that. I have made some great friends over it and have had some life changing revelations while having it. God has spoken to me while I have been in bed with it and my soul has stirred to dispel so many of my illusions while sipping it- it’s almost a divine drink for me- nectar from heaven, I swear.
And that’s what is the anatomy of passion- it leaves you lusting for more; to follow the scent that it triggers and be ready to enter dense jungles & pursue unknown trails . It pushes you towards unfamiliar terrain and yet makes you fearless enough to tread it.
My biggest passion however, is love. To understand it fully and truly is what keeps me going and has, so far in life. It’s the entire circumference of my existence and my soul calling.
One may argue that love is a natural state of our being and to fall in love or be in love is what we are wired as humans to do . It’s what we are instinctively meant to do but I feel differently about it.
Unless something becomes or evolves to become a passion, it remains mediocre, normal, commonplace and undistinguished. It has to ascend to a higher status for it to possess you and wash you all over, day in & day out. It needs constant nurturing to grow beautiful, stunning and mature.
Writing is another great passion of mines. It’s like the air I breathe; the thing that keeps me sane & alive to the core. It’s my obsession with my self and the only way I have discovered the unknown parts of my soul. It’s my reason to be; my cosmos, my moon, my sun & my stars.
And the list goes on- friends, books, travel…
It’s fascinating to know that what we are passionate about , defines us- tells so much about us to others and to our own selves.
Passion is truly a driving force for leading a fuller, meaningful life and to know , follow, and nourish your passion is being your most authentic self. It’s the only way you will discover the Buddha in you. Keep your passions alive and watch your inner world shine.
till next time,