I love these gems from the author and mythologist, Michael Meade.
In particular, with this one, there is a key element that Quanita Roberson and I emphasize in our Fire & Water Leadership & Rite of Passage Journey. It is to go to the deeply inner, knowing that it is intricately woven to what is happening in the outer.
That and, well, not all of life is ascent. In the descent is some of the most sought-after and needed medicine — the wisdom of becoming with what already is. The wisdom of belonging that already is.
From a morning watching dark clouds passing through, and another departure (from visiting loved ones) that has me aware of the heart tenderness that can so often come with descents.