Here's a little exercise for your heart:
1) One summer night, when the day has cooled off and is finally behind you...
2) Go outside, find the moon...
3) And read this poem:
“Watching the moon
I knew myself completely,
no part left out.”
I stumbed upon this lovely poem, by Izumi Shikibu, a female Japanese poet who lived in the 11th Century (and as far as I can tell, a royal bad-ass,) as I was leaving home to go to college, many many moons (haha) ago. It felt especially fitting as I was about to embark on a new chapter in my life.
I read this poem every so often, and nine times out of ten, I still feel like that college girl on the precipice of the unknown. At what point will I know myself completely, no part left out? Is that a goal that is always just beyond my fingertips?
This poem, though it represents a seemingly unattainable carrot-on-a-stick, settles my heart whenever I read it because it reveals two important things: One, the act of seeking oneself out is a continuous and perpetually evolving journey. And Two, if ever I need to feel centered, the moon is never far away.