We get so accustomed to questions and wanting to have answers that there is a gap between something truly powerful emerging and something logical but perhaps less profound coming forth.
There was a time when I reflected more upon a question posed by someone who truly had my best interest at heart. Over the past few years I would say that if someone asked me something significant I might feel pressured to respond because we live in a time when immediate is better or more acceptable by society. And while some things may not need so much inner reflection there is an inner pace that is wise to be respected and allowed.
If I asked you if you love your pet - you probably would not hesitate to answer yes! That response came more from your heart than your mind. Although I suppose our mind learns from our heart. And our mind gives us all kinds of information that may contradict our heart. Both the mind and heart have valuable information for us.
Consider for a moment times when you heard a question and were so caught off guard that you could not help but pause to think about it. In those moments there were thoughts but also feelings. The feelings tell us we may head in the direction of joy or heartache. The mind may remind us to consider all the facts. And it is then we can balance the scale between the wisdom of our feelings with the knowledge of the mind.
Some answers are easy to know and others we wrestle with. There are times when we instinctually respond without a shred of doubt. I don’t know if these are the responses we ultimately seek. Total certainty does not always lead in the direction of growth or fulfillment.
What I do know is that a question can hold so much juiciness or value and insight when it is well thought of or arises from stillness. The answer may come unexpectedly on a walk, while observing a child, or while biting into an apple. Without pressuring ourselves to know but patiently trusting -the answers arise. We just have to hear the question, be with it and trust. The process of inquiry can leads us inwardly in the direction of our heart where joy and peace reside.
What do you think does inquiry lead us to our heart?