28 Days of Connection: Gift of Gratitude – Heart Meditation

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Welcome to Day Fourteen of this series!

As I mentioned in day seven’s article, in each Facets class and series I take the time to honor gratitude every seven days.

So, here we are, day fourteen, which coincides with Valentine’s day – celebrated as a day of love.

We each have different feelings and meanings associated with the word and experience of love.

We each have different feelings and meanings associated the idea of Valentine’s Day.

Not everyone chooses to open to love.

Not everyone chooses to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

I understand. And I appreciate those differences.

I plan to acknowledge the day by participating in One Billion Rising’s local event – dancing to “Break the Chains”.  This is the second event they are hosting and I am participating in. To read of last year’s experience (and to view the video) please follow this link: 28 Days of Love: Infinite Possibility.

I certainly have quite a few residual chains to break. As I continue moving forward, releasing ties that bind, re-patterning thoughts and ways of connecting and creating that are limited and that limit me, I feel and see the internal growth. External hasn’t shifted yet, to meet that – but I am hopeful that it is and that I (and my children) will experience it soon.

In the meantime, I have a choice – as do you – to close in fear or to open and celebrate with love.

I choose Love.

I share my experience and skills not because I think I know “better” but because I have walked those steps and studied the modalities to heal my heart and to center into full presence, here, now.

I don’t believe I can change the “abusers”; but I do believe I can be love – and encourage you to be love – and that choice is *being the change*. I do believe that each time we choose to create with love instead of react with fear, that matters…it makes a difference.

(and I know that people who intentionally cause pain are in great pain – and I believe the energy we share is returned ten-fold so my heart hurts for these people – we really do need to break this cycle…heart wounds tend to cause disconnect and this is the “why” of my choice to share my skills as a heart healer)

And I want you to know this, from the depths of my being to yours. There isn’t anything one has to do or be or create or center into or earn or deserve in order to receive love. It truly is as simple as choosing to breathe it in.

If what you chose to be and to share yesterday and all of the previous days was truly super shitty, intentionally so – you still have the choice, right here, right now, to choose to breathe love in.

If what you experienced yesterday and all of the previous days was truly super shitty and painful and just really not fair or right – you still have the choice, right here, right now, to choose to breathe love in.

If what you experienced yesterday and all of the previous days was truly super wonderful – butterflies and glitter and magic and all that shines – you still have the choice, right here, right now, to choose to breathe love in.

If what you experienced yesterday and all of the previous days was a combination of wonderful and shitty and being on-purpose and being disconnected – you still have the choice, right here, right now, to choose to breathe love in.

And I want to hear about it. I want to hear about your experiences with love – because when you share, yes even the really super shitty stuff – you inspire.

We yearn for genuine heart connection; we want to know that we matter, that our presence is “meaningful” and appreciated – and we can only experience that when our hearts are open to it.

Love can wrap around you but it can’t touch you until you allow it to. 

It is an honor to present to you this centering heart meditation – created especially for you, for this day.

If you are unable to view the video in this space, please click here to view it on youtube.

I invite you to feel into this idea that even if external is not the way we wish it to be, even if we have ‘loved and lost’ someone/something ….. even if there is a space within our heart that is tender …. our heart whispers are begging to be heard….our creative expressions longing to be explored….and that is possible, when we choose to open our hearts. 

Here is a short blessing I say as I move forward each day:

Thank you for the love I have received, thank you for the love in my space now, thank you for the love I will be receiving.  

Thank you to all whom have loved me, who love me now, who will love me in the future.

Thank you (self) for opening to love, for being love, for choosing to continue to open and be love.

Thank you. Love, for your presence in my life.

So it is and so it shall be.

Thank you for your presence!

This is what I would truly love today – please share with me your *love story* – either in the comment section below or via email at joy@facetsofjoy.com. (Inspire me. I could use it!)

Much peace and abundant love,

Joy

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