I’m old – in my 80’s. I’ve lived a good life and I have much more to give. I’m diligently working to continue to be productive and relevant. I’m singing my deeper song.
I’ve always been spiritually inquisitive. I’m a metaphysician who has studied and taught many energy techniques. I spent five years becoming a licensed practitioner in the Center for Spiritual Living. It was during that period that I began to write short non-fiction books. When I realized one of my gifts was making complex ideas simple, I became a Content Development Coach.
At 75 I made a major shift and moved to Kansas City to be near two of my children. I did a lot of old lady body repair things and when I emerged, my Content Development Coaching business was gone. Rather than start it up again, I looked around to see what I was being called to do next.
I immersed myself in spiritual exploration, liking what I find in Taoism. Today I am working with this quote from Rumi, “Live in the nowhere that you came from, even though you have an address here.” I’m trying to figure out ‘nowhere.’
A vital shift came with the help of Chris Brogan. He had written a post about impact. I emailed him and said, “I’m 82 and I’m not certain I have any impact. If I do, it’s very soft.” He wrote back “I’m surprised you have any impact left at 82 (smiley face). What, I wonder, would you like to tackle in the next 30 years!” I cried. I was still needed. I had work to do. And I got very, very busy.
I began to reposition myself on the internet. As I was working on this transition to who-knows-what, I was re-reading Kahlil Gibran’s “The Prophet” and on the last page I came across the phrase, “I shall return and you shall sing to me a deeper song.” I caught my breath. I wanted to do that. I wanted to sing my deeper song. And I had no idea what it would look like and how to do it. I kept exploring and thinking and feeling and writing about what I figured out. Finally l founded the Deeper Song Community and simply allowed others to be drawn by the idea of singing their own deeper song.
And a huge shift came within me. I could no longer be the teacher, the instructor the organizer, the coach, the tell-them-what-to-do person because I had no idea how to sing a deeper song. But I knew I wanted to. And others do to.
Since our deeper songs are so uniquely individual, all I can do is walk beside you in service. For some, I shine a light along our mutual path, for others I illuminate some dark corners of the journey they are on. In some cases, I step ahead and leave guideposts, and with a few others, I go off and explore a new trail. But always we are moving along our own unique paths in the service of each other.
Throughout it all I have been a writer. From Managing Editor of my high school newspaper, though many newsletters of my own, plus years of blog posts and podcasts and a large assortment of ebooks, I write. I write to figure things out. A compelling insight shows up and I race to my computer to explore what it means to me and how I might add it to my life. Then I share what I discover with you.
I love my mind – it is curious, smart, inquisitive, and has the gift of seeing the overview and explaining it to others. My work is my exploration of compelling concepts, spiritual philosophy and ways to live a mindful, unfolding, relevant life. I use my writing to explore and share what I find with you.
Finding ways to sing my deeper song is ongoing. Walking beside others in service is full of rewards. Following the curiosity of my mind leads me on great adventures. I hope you join the Deeper Song Community and come along with me for part of your journey.
She is planted in her own integrity,
and there she stands,gnarled and knotted,
perfectly at ease with herself,
her roots deep in truth,
her branches held up to let the light in.
– Steven Mitchell, Second Book of Tao