If it’s true that the deepest desires or our heart are planted by God, by the Divine, then who, I ask, are we to deny those desires?
Our desires are yet another way the Divine tries to get our attention.
Why is it so hard to say yes to those desires?
Is it fear? Ego? What others will think? How disruptive saying yes will be?
So many answers to that question.
And, once again, long distance hiking is a willing sage, paring us down to the essentials, "clearing us out for some new delight." Showing us how to access our simple desires (Pizza or burgers? Rest or keep going? Tent or shelter?). And showing us how to access our not so simple desires (keep up with friends or do my own thing?)
Dreams and desires strike me as pangs. Where my heart opens and constricts simultaneously. It opens because it recognized an opportunity to say yes to something wonderful. And it constricts with the fear of saying yes to what might initiate a change that will throw me off the course I’m secure in following.
Except, as storyteller Michael Meade so deftly noted, “A false sense of security is the only kind there is.”
Listen to those pangs. Pay attention to your desires. Follow your dreams.
They are paths presented by the Divine just for you, where you're offered the chance to hike your own hike and to truly be free.