The Path of Quiet is a spiritual and philosophical space about the journey within. Each of us walks a unique path leading to a greater more profound intimacy with the Holy. What is Holy? For me it shows itself in a number of ways. In this space Holy is the mystery within, the unexplainable voice or knowing that can be felt in still moments, in those quiet moments of listening. God. You are holy, as am I. Yet we are not always present to this or practice what it means to commune in order to cultivate the presence of that inner mystery. Sometimes we forget or lose our way or allow fear to cripple us as we step forward then back, and again in a dance with satisfaction and dissatisfaction. We lose faith until we find it there in the cracks of the floorboard where the light somehow got through.
Our journey in life isn’t about perfection—that is a painful illusion replete with suffering. Life is about the ongoing practice of being present with ourselves as we move through our days aching for more and in search of something. How do we resolve that ache and search the world less? Too often we reach and reach and reach outside of ourselves into the world external for happiness and meaning and purpose and peace of mind and love…not realizing that it is all to be found within. Everything. This is perhaps one of the greatest truths ever known while being one of the most challenging to practice, yet we can and we will and we do. That is how we resolved the ache and search the world less: we allow ourselves the room and space and time to turn toward and lean-in to ourselves. We access the Holy.
Kissiah Young is a poet and writer currently residing in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. She holds a master’s degree in social work from the University of Southern California, and is currently an MFA student at Goddard College where she’s writing a memoir of sorts about her journey leaving an American life in gentrified Oakland for a Mexican one in San Miguel. Yes, she just up and quit her hospice career for the empty space of the unknown. Her days are now her own and she spends them absorbed in books, writing—or thinking about writing—and standing on the precipice of the unknown. She is moved by the abstract, mysticism, and communing with the Divine.