“Only from the heart, can you touch the sky.” – Rumi
As you feel into the energy of this photo and the quote, what arises within for you? (please share in the comment section below – when you share, you inspire!)
Currently, the shrine for the man who was burned while sleeping is still at the entranceway to ‘my’ beach. My heart feels all of that energy as I step onto the sand and walk toward ocean’s edge.
It was suggested that I try a different beach for now. I understand. And, I also feel that too often, we allow fear to divert us from experiencing the spaces and connections that delight us and that is not how my open-hearted self wishes to live.
So I summon all of the courage I have, and I choose to show up – in that process my heart opens through that which I cannot fathom.
Because I work with and understand dynamics within energy movement, I also know that this choice to open through vulnerability will manifest in some way in my physical life as well. That ‘knowing’ inspires me to keep showing up through this vulnerable space.
I bring to Source that which I don’t understand and grace infuses my steps, until there is peace where I didn’t know peace could exist. It’s a practice, though, of showing up each and every day, with a willingness to open my heart even through the questioning.
I bring that faith, trust, peace from ocean’s edge back into my physical life and it shows up in a myriad of ways, so I can see it in action. For example, my car just broke down at a very inconvenient time, during my teenager’s finals week (we don’t live on the school bus route, so that was tricky!) in between Facets classes, and my mind says ‘oh, shit’, while my heart says ‘feel for the blessing and allow Source to open this up for you’.
I didn’t say ‘why, me / why, now’ (as I might have in the past), I said “show me the possibilities and show me how to keep my heart open through this”.
Answers were placed in ways beyond what I could have imagined and peace was felt and celebrated.
Perhaps you have a practice of presence to faith and trust, that invites you to experience peace and joy even in moments that are a stretch. I invite you to bring all of that energy into your daily life and see what opens up for you! (I’d love to know about it – either in the comments below or via email)
While my heart hurts and I feel sad to live in a world where hatred exists and intentional pain is caused, my heart also celebrates sacred connection (here on earth, with each other) and I feel happy to live in a world where grace, compassion and love make a difference.
I think this photo captures that energy well.
As I stood there, wondering about the effectiveness of love in this world (and is my choice to follow a heart-path ‘silly’ as some people label it) a friend messaged me, explaining she was taking a business course and wanted to know what I felt her gifts were in business and friendship. I replied that I would answer her only after she shared her answer with me.
I meant, ‘after she shared her answer about herself with me’ but she misunderstood and responded with the most beautiful reflection about what she felt my gifts in business and friendship were.
(And yes, I do answer messages from my friends while on the beach at sunset, because that brings genuine love right there into my physical realm of being!)
A few moments after that, I took the above photo of sunset’s afterglow; while it is technically full of imperfections, I love the energy dearly, so I posted it on social media. It was very well-received – brought numerous comments on each of the outlets – which surprised me because all I can see is the imperfection. (I added the quote today, to share with you, as a wonderful affirmation for February.)
Here is the thing, my friends.
(Well, first, is a reminder to drop self-judgment).
Sometimes mind will say ‘it’s imperfect so don’t share it’ while heart whispers *yes, please*.
It can be anything that is a creative expression dear to your heart: a morning hug in the busyness of getting ready, a kind word while passing on the street, a small note of appreciation to someone who has shared something that touched you, that special flourish when you are making a meal to share with a loved one, a poem you spent hours writing, a painting that captures exactly what you wanted it to…..
Sometimes mind will say ‘the love you wish to share is in imperfect form and will be….rejected, deflected, unappreciated, criticized….is not enough, is too much, is tainted/broken/discolored…..’ and you listen, so you don’t share and then you feel: sad, alone, angry at yourself, small, heavy, disappointed….(we’ve each at one time or another done this, so please don’t feel bad as you recall your own experience).
(And, oh my – sometimes mind will say ‘you are imperfect’ and will be rejected, deflected, unappreciated, etc … and you listen so you stay at home tucked away instead of sharing your presence with world. We’ve each had a few of those moments, as well.)
When we have a practice of presence in place, heart will override mind and you find yourself sharing through that vulnerability and you then feel: bliss, peace, connectedness, like infinite possibility is very real indeed, empowered, light, encouraged….(as you remember these feelings from past experiences, please allow them to fill the space you are currently in – powerful energies to bring forward to ‘now’.)
Life is a mix of these moments – of the ones where fear stifles your love and convinces you (and your expressions) to stay ‘tucked away’ and where trust dissolves that fear enough that your love expressions simply flow out to world and you choose to step out from the shadows and share.
I felt moved to open February with this message, because it’s a month in which love is talked about and celebrated in a mainstream way, far more than any other month. While that can be awesome, it can also be a trigger for some.
If you are choosing to celebrate Love, I invite you to allow yourself *fullness* of the experience – to open to ‘more’ than you have yet.
If you are feeling triggered about Love, I invite you to leave lots of time and space for that energy to be, as it is, and to be ultra-kind and gentle with yourself, perhaps centering into your practices of presence that nourish your spirit and allowing that connection to gently open your heart to something ‘more’ – beyond that pain.
I thank you for your time and for processing this with me today. I appreciate your presence and I look forward to receiving your insights and reflections (your voice and experience matters, and I hope you choose to share it!)
Much peace and abundant love,
You may be interested in:
Connecting and Creating with Intention – a 30-day ecourse beginning February 26th. An invitation to feel the fullness of connection available within a sacred container (in this case, the class forum) and to feel the potency of being supported as you set an intention and create in alignment with that intention. Coaching (by me) is included.
A Personal Empowerment Coaching Session – to support you in creating something new by drawing in specific energy and/or releasing specific energy to either unravel an inner knot/ remove a block / manifest/ or experience fullness of connection and ease of creative expression.