I wanted to share this glorious teaching I came across recently from professor Patricia Arah Ann Taylor, in “Seeing in the Dark.” In her essay, she traces back the origin of the word enough, to the German & Sanskrit ge’noh, meaning “together reaching.” Rather than thinking of enoughness as something we have to attain, Taylor invites us to think of it as a reaching together with our soul.
In a series of imaginal dialogues, Taylor responds to a young department supervisor who’s been critical of her organisational habits. In a powerful and poetic voice, she explains how her internal rhythm is her legacy. How generations of women before her had liberated themselves from slavery, communed with nature, and become educators for the orphaned and excluded. How their rhythms were the legacy they’d earned. And how that legacy required her to be a compassioned advocate for herself, and others, before taking any commands from calendars and clocks.
I leave you with a brief meditation below in the hopes that it inspires you to command respect for the legacy of your own inclinations. Full moon love, Toko-pa
Enough is enough when we dance to the rhythm of the soul. My internal rhythms are not optional.They are me. They are my contribution. They are my legacy. I move with my own personal rhythm that moves within me and around me. You and the team need my rhythm: the bounce beat in my step, the double beat when I am excited, the quiet rumble when I am angry, and the soft breath when I am concerned for another. Your world needs me in it as I am. I cannot be in your world as it exists in your mind. The world you privilege is too one-beat-one-note for me. I am not welcome in the team you imagine. You cannot hear who I am. You cannot see gifts I bare at your threshold. I will have to dance outside your door to the jazz in my soul, listen to my cacophonous heart song and say to you, you do not know it but you and the team you speak of, need my sounds. This work will not be enough without me. This is my legacy. It is what I was given before time and it is what I will leave. I am meant to shout through your key hole, listen to me, I am here, I am valuable and I am not leaving without making a joyous sound that will ring in your memory forever. Patricia Arah Ann Taylor, The Legacy of Enough, Seeing In the Dark: Wisdom Works by Black Women in Depth Psychology