Catapult Your Desire

I’m always amazed by high jumpers and pole vaulters with their grace and agility to leap over a bar set high above their heads. Their athleticism is awe-inspiring.

It just makes you want to set the bar higher in life because deep down inside we all have the desire to reach our greatest potential. It’s hard-wired into us.

We have been designed to yearn. Setting the bar high in our lives gives us purpose. It gives us something to strive for.

It allows us to stretch and grow and learn so that we can be the best that we can be.

This yearning, this desire that draws our souls to our Highest Good, is characterized by an inner restlessness that only a Higher Power can fill.

It fills us with passion and makes us want to break free of the status quo. And as we move beyond the petty wants of ego, we find our lives bursting with meaning.

Many people get seduced into playing it safe. They set the bar low, doing just enough to get the job done without standing out; either they are afraid of failure, or they are afraid of success.

Michelangelo knew this all too well when he said, “The greatest danger for most of us is not that we aim too high and we miss it but that we aim too low and we make it.” When we play it safe, we drown our desire because we may be too cynical or pessimistic to believe that any life other than the one we are familiar with is possible.

Yearning is a gift given to us to embrace and express our Highest Self. It nudges us to aim high and to go for what we want in life. It is a great force of energy that takes us beyond ourselves.

To nurture our spiritual yearning, we must love it and strengthen it. This can be done through seeking, studying, and devotion. As we act, we honor.

Why not allow yourself to reach for fulfillment? How high will you set your bar?

Spiritwork:

The Sufi poet Jelaluddin Rumi has written some of the most inspiring and ecstatic poetry and stories about his yearning for and love of God, his Beloved. Spend some time with Rumi’s words as you reach for fulfillment. One such book is The Essential Rumi, translated by Coleman Barks. Note how artfully Rumi describes his desire for union.

Another exercise is to personify (giving human qualities to non-human things) Desire. Β In other words, describe Desire as a human being, but characterize it in such a way that the meaning is evident without giving away the definition. Is Desire male or female? What does Desire look like? How does Desire dress? What personality traits does Desire have? How does Desire talk or behave when s/he walks into a room? How would you know Desire if s/he walked up to you? Write at least a paragraph to bring Desire to life. I would really love to read your descriptions!

Blessings.

Read the introduction to 31 Days of Spiritual Growth here, and find links to all posts in this series.

18 thoughts on “Catapult Your Desire

  1. Peggy

    First of all – congratulations on your 1/2 marathon!! That had to be such a thrill!!

    Second – I’m a 2nd degree black belt in Muay Thai and only just recently decided to set the bar higher by training in Jiu-Jitsu. I may be 65 by the time I see my promotion to black belt, but life is marathon (ha! I love the pun) not a spring!!

    xo
    Peggy

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    1. Penny McDaniel

      Thank you, Peggy! That 1/2 marathon certainly challenged me…and I am very excited for having finished…that training paid off!

      And, WOW, 2nd degree black belt…awesome!

      Love your pun!!!
      Blessings!
      Penny

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  2. Anonymous

    Dear Penny,
    Thank You again for bringing inspiration to my being!

    “You were born with potential
    You were born with goodness and trust
    You were born with ideals and dreams
    You were born with greatness
    You were born with wings
    You are not meant for crawling, so don’t
    You have wings
    Learn to use them and fly!”
    -Rumi

    With love and gratitude,
    Gena

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    1. Penny McDaniel

      Gena, this is a favorite Rumi poem…it is filled with such potential and love, and it affirms that taking inspired action will catapult us into our dreams becoming a reality.

      Thank you so much for sharing it here.

      Love and Blessings.
      Penny

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    1. Penny McDaniel

      Thank you, Suzi-Q. It’s a fun writing exercise, and I would love to see what you come up with πŸ™‚

      Thank you for stopping in and sharing your thoughts.
      Love and Blessings.
      Penny

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  3. Anonymous

    Desire is a person. A family person …it has a heart of gold always happy to see you…and always wants the best for you……it is always looking for the goodness in people.when a negitive person is trying to slander DESIRE it doesn’t make a peep n just continue to see the goodness in people….over and over…nothing gets it down…..
    That’s how I see DESIRE……

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    1. Penny McDaniel

      Beautiful, Anonymous! I love how Desire continues to sees beyond the person’s offending actions and sees only goodness. Desire connects with the Divine within. You get an A+ πŸ˜€
      Love and Blessings.
      Penny

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  4. Andrea

    Spot on! We’ve got to start dreaming big. Let go of all the illusion that we can’t do something. What if it doesn’t have to be this way? What if there are no limits other than my imagination? It feels safer to aim low and just do the amount needed to get the job done. I spent a lot of my life doing that and am only now learning to aim a bit higher. Incidentally, this is the third message I’ve had this week to dream bigger/aim higher. Think I’d better up my game πŸ˜€ This was such an inspiring post, thank you!

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    1. Penny McDaniel

      Indeed, we do Andrea! Abundance is waiting for everyone!

      Safety is comfortable, no doubt about it. In the safety zone, we curl up with our security blanket on the couch in our mind…and then life passes by with all of its opportunities.

      Third times a charm, is that not how it goes? The Universe is speaking to you!!!

      Thank you for sharing, my friend.
      Love and Blessings.
      Penny

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  5. Kathy Hadley

    WOW! Peggy, another GREAT post! I LOVE the exercise to describe ” “Desire” as a human. That sound very EXPANSIVE!

    My opinion is that anything that is positive that you feel a desire to do that is out of the realm of what you do normally is EXPANSIVE on many levels.

    I think I will do this!!!

    Thank you,

    Kathy

    P.S. I love Rumi, too!

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    1. Penny McDaniel

      Hi Kathy!

      I’ll be looking forward to seeing how you personify Desire! It’s a fun exercise.

      And I agree that positive desires that bubble up from our Divine Center are always expansive. Here’s to expanding!!!

      Thank you.
      Blessings and Love,
      Penny

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  6. amarnaik

    Hi Penny, this is a thought provoking article. i would not set myself high bars because i have seen lot of setbacks. would like to do it step by step(baby step) to aim bigger rather than hurrying to get a big goal. thanks for sharing such a nice article

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    1. Penny McDaniel

      Hi amarnaik.

      This is true. Sometimes we may set the bar too high and then get discouraged. We have to set the bar high enough to challenge ourselves but not so low enough that we get bored with it. Then we we accomplish it, we set it a bit higher, and so on. Like you said, baby steps, until you are steady on your feet and feel the need to leap πŸ˜€

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts and insights.
      Blessings and Love.
      Penny

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  7. Suzy

    Rumi is one of my favourite poets. My favourite Rumi poem is the Wine of Divine Grace is limitless. I recently wrote an ode to Rumi that sums up my thoughts on Rumi. ode to Rumi Super post. As always pearls of wisdom and motivation – I need to set the bar higher with my fitness regime!

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    1. Penny McDaniel

      Thank you Suzy. I, too, love Rumi’s poetry. The Divine speaks through his words. I also read your ode to Rumi…beautiful! It certainly captures the spirit of Rumi.

      Thank you for sharing.
      Blessings, Light and Love.
      Penny

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