Part of ‘Ash Wednesday’ by T.S. Eliot, that I find useful during meditation:
“I said to my soul, be still and wait without hope, for hope would be hope for the wrong thing; wait without love, for love would be love of the wrong thing; there is yet faith, but the faith and the love are all in the waiting. Wait without thought, for you are not ready for thought: So the darkness shall be the light, and the stillness the dancing.”
– T.S. Eliot, Ash Wednesday
When I find myself attached to certain outcomes or plans, perhaps anxious or fearful of the future, I find these words calming. They remind me that while I might plan and strive, what is good for my soul will unfold in its own time. Sometimes waiting in darkness is required and that waiting gives space for my purpose to unfold.