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The shell must be cracked apart if what is in it is to come out, for if you want the kernel, you must break the shell.
When the pandemic struck, we moved to protect ourselves. Health and government authorities encouraged us to shelter in place, wears masks, and stay socially distanced. Our lives became shuttered. We dug deep and hunkered down or we erected walls to protect ourselves from the external and emotional pain we were experiencing. Our bunkers and our walls became a protective shell.
The phenomenon of shell building is nothing new. We’ve all created protective shells at one time or another in our lives. But the pandemic has spurred so many questions, reflections, and insights on our lives and values that it’s time to question the wisdom of continuing to protect our shells. Many will understandably choose to stay in the relative safety of their shells. Others will pretend that they have no shell at all and act as if they are returning to a pre-pandemic world. Only a few will embrace the wisdom of Meister Eckhart and embrace the courage to break their protective shells and live into new patterns and new directions.
As always, the choice is ours. But if you are ready to crack open your shell and explore new ways of living, I am ready to walk that journey with you.