As you know, I practice presence to unfolding with organic growth.
Within this practice, there are natural cycles that follow seasons and there are natural cycles that follow segments. For simplicity, let’s call the seasons Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall and let’s call the segments the beginning, middle, and end.
There, I said it…the end.
You see, many people are very reluctant to open their heart to experience the full range of love because they are afraid of “the end”. While heart says ‘oh, yes please’ yearning to explore depth and range, mind often says “no thank you”…leaving that yearning unfulfilled.
Not knowing what to do with that energy, people hide it under layers of weight, clutter, busyness; numb it with substances such as food, alcohol, and drugs; ignore it as tension builds and morphs into physical pain, illness, and stress.
Why? How is any of that possibly “better than” the perceived pain one might feel if one chooses to vest presence to love?
Because, in general, we are afraid of the end (some are afraid of the “happy” ending), many of us choose not to “begin”.
Whether we are considering opening our heart to vest love for a person, a specific physical movement (for example I love sailing), a creative expression, the possible joy, bliss, abundance of the experience is often overshadowed by the fear of perceived pain.
And, what if we have chosen to vest to love, and have “lost” something, that pain is very real to us. So, many of us choose not to “begin again”.
What if you knew, without a doubt, with your entire being, that there isn’t an “end”. That love is a continuous, infinite flow of energy always available to us, when we choose to tap into it. Would you choose to open your heart?
The challenge is that we sometimes get caught up in insisting upon a specific form–a certain person, this one activity, this path, “this” whatever it is that we really want to have our way about. even when the person, activity, path, no longer resonates, we often cling insisting upon familiar. We don’t notice that while we are insisting upon form, abundant love is right there waiting patiently for us to tap into it.
Love doesn’t cause the turmoil and tension, we do. Love doesn’t leave us, we abandon it.
Let’s observe growth within nature. When a flower blossoms, we celebrate. We know that soon it will wilt, yet we don’t refuse to acknowledge and appreciate the blossom because it has a short life-span. We enjoy its beauty and fragrance for as long as it present.
If you feel resistance as you read this (which you will know because your mind will be saying “yes, but….”), that is perfectly fine. My intention is to present to us peaceful, expansive ways of connecting and creating; ways that invite expansion within heart space as mind contemplates the concept.
If you feel resonance as you read this, I would love if you may share any practices that you use to acknowledge and/or celebrate “the end” as you continue to move through to a beginning? When you share, we learn.
Note: The above photo was taken on the “last day” of a very special relationship. After driving him to the airport, my face still wet with the mixture of our tears as they trickled down my cheek during our last embrace, I made a conscious choice to honor this experience by keeping my heart open to the energy of love. I went to the beach to celebrate sunrise, which I knew would inspire my heart to remain open, and I breathed in fresh air and the feel of infinite possibility. Soon, it was my own tears trickling down my cheek. With that, I created Facets and all that is before you in this space.
I choose to feel each moment as it is presented to me; to see the light and to celebrate it; to learn new ways of movement as I deepen my practice of presence. However, I reached a plateau stage, so I decided to collaborate with love in a “big way”. I asked several of my peers to dare me (and you!) to open our heart ever farther to the energy of love. I present to you pre-registration information for my new class “Illuminate Your Heart Whispers”. For more information, simply click the link.
See “how” I wove energy throughout this piece. I presented an idea, softened it with love, “ended” with a personal example (because we are not alone in loss, we have all felt it), and presented us with a way to move through it, together. Even if the class does not resonate with you, the idea is that after you choose to open your heart, dare yourself to move into new spaces as you collaborate with love in creation and connection. (I didn’t just “leave us at the end” of this series, I moved us through it to a new beginning.)
Much peace and abundant love,
Reminder: Linger. Relish. Savor.