During this great pause of lockdown we are currently experiencing, we find ourselves at a threshold, a frontier if you will, where there is a great divide from one world of the way things were, to the next world, the way things will be. On each side of the threshold there is a different geography of thinking, feeling and way of being.
John O’Donohue writes about thresholds in his book Benedictus, “our culture has little to offer us for such crossings. While we seem to have progressed to become expert in acquiring ‘stuff’ that we neither need nor truly want - we have unlearned the grace of presence and belonging.” He goes on to write “when we cross a new threshold worthily…we heal the patterns of repetition that were in us, that had us caught somewhere.”
We can liken a threshold, which is a resting stage, to the phases of the moon. We are currently in incubation, where the moon is in its darkest phase, where we stop and give up on what we have been doing or the way we have been being. For some, resting in this way can feel like an act of social rebellion, of cultural disobedience and there can be a feeling of resistance, and clinging to what was. However, this threshold of rest between how life was and how life will be is a gift for observation and reflection.
“If we cross our thresholds with reverence and attention, the crossing could bring us more than we could ever had hoped for." says John O'Donohue.
We can use this time to rest, observe and reflect on what would we like to bring with us as we cross this threshold, and in particular, what are we glad to be leaving behind? What would we like to change, and how are we going to make that happen?
We will be reflecting on this further in my online journaling course, Featherlight Reflections,
where we will be exploring themes on rest, change, growth and freedom.
"To rest is not self-indulgent, to rest is to prepare to give the best of ourselves... We are rested when we are a living exchange between what lies inside and what lies outside, when we are an intriguing conversation between the potential that lies in our imagination and the possibilities for making that internal image realign the world." - David Whyte from the essay 'Rest'