Have you considered what your personal narrative style is? Do you experience life as though it’s happening to you? Or do you experience life as a series of choices and experiences? Or do you see Life as bending to your will/desires? Those are narrative choices. You are the agent of power in your story. When you center yourself and own your power, miracles start to happen. Why? Because the Universe never relates to you as a victim. The Universe relates to you as an infinite creative being of immense power and ability; as soon as you recognize your worth, you will be able to create miracles as the hero of your story. You don’t need outside validation. You don’t need anyone else to see you as a hero. YOU ARE YOUR OWN HERO!! This is YOUR narrative and YOUR choice. Don’t wait for other people to see your worth. You are worthy NOW! Right now. AS YOU ARE! Nobody needs your heroism more than you do. Center yourself. Save yourself.
Joy is the essence of love. Without joy...love loses integrity and feels stale. Joy is the spark, the enthusiasm, the warmth that makes love feel connective and life-affirming. Without joy, love is duty. It becomes pleasureless work. It’s important to remember the joy of love, and to intentionally honor that joy. Celebrate people. Encourage them. Affirm them. Be quick to laugh and play. Be quick to compliment. Be quick to forgive. Love without joy isn’t love.
I’m overjoyed and inspired by the empowered youth leaders. Listening to their speeches, reading their messages. It’s a privilege to be alive and able to stand with them in support. 💛
“I believe that children are the future. Teach them well and let them lead the way.” —Whitney Houston
Lately I’ve been doing a liminal meditation practice of releasing. There is a specific relationship in my life that is sticky and heavy with fraught energy. I’d closed the door on it so long ago that I’d forgotten about it. But recently that door re-opened, and I’ve been cleaning out all the sticky heavy stuff. Helloooo resentment!! Resentment over the way things were, and how they currently are. Resentment over the time consumption, the pain, annoyance, etc. And yet, when I let go of my resentment, the actual work required is quite minimal. The heaviest, stickiest part of this situation for me has been my resistance and my self-righteousness—which are my choice of approach. I’m grateful for the release. I’m grateful for the opportunity to self-examine and reconsider the limitations I’ve put on my love. This isn’t a relationship I want to reengage with, but the love is still there, and I can practice loving without resentment.
After enough trauma, loss and heartbreak, most of us close down. We take the soft squishy tender part of our heart and disassociate from it. We let the hardships convince us we must be hard to survive the brutality of the world we’re in. That’s how you survive the war, the abuse the neglect. But how do you learn to thrive again? How do you learn to open up again and trust there’s safety in feelings? Finding a path through those questions has been the biggest journey of my life. It’s painful and scary and worth it to allow life to touch your heart. That’s the only way to access your full joy.
When you feel someone pinging your heart do you open up to it, or shut it down? I’ve been meditating on sending back energetic love to someone who hurt me, who’s hurting.
Oneness + Authenticity + Gratitude = Joy
It’s a simple formula, but it’s a complex practice. Especially when you’ve been hurt. The desire to shut down is strong. For a time, it may be necessary. But keeping an open heart is essential to oneness and authenticity. To feel all our feelings and connections. We don’t have to reopen lines of formal communication. This is about open heart communication. Letting yourself be open and grateful.
If you’re feeling someone in your heart, trust that they’re feeling you too. Love isn’t bound to time, space, body or the conscious mind. It’s timeless energy.