A gathering of beautiful friends brings me back to a natural rhythm, closer to my true nature, more authentic. Food prepared consciously nourishes our bodies and souls. Sitting with beloveds and sharing a meal attunes us collectively to our shared visions. Moving into a mode of celebration opens our eyes to the abundance that is here now, opens our hearts to the recognition that it is a gift to be alive. I choose to move towards those who are willing to recognize the good in their lives. Those who give thanks are way more fun to be around than those who can’t see any reason to be grateful! I’m glad to be one of the happy ones who chooses to see the good in life. I am blessed to openly celebrate how wonderful it is to be alive.
Industry. Productivity. Recommitting to creating a financially sustainable livelihood doing what I love. Being willing to go the distance, to pay whatever the price to live a life in alignment with who I am at the center of my being. I care not for the opinions of those who settle for mediocrity; they cannot help me. I will not ask for permission to walk this path of living heartfelt into my divine destiny. My clarity is my gift to myself. I don’t need to change what I feel and I am no longer afraid of what arises from my depths to be seen and heard and embraced like never before. Tomorrow isn’t guaranteed, so I live this day as if it is my last, heartfelt, walking my path of divine destiny.
Don’t wait until the end of the day to say the good things in your heart. By the end of the day your tired body and mind will speak louder, and what comes out then will not be nearly as helpful as the sweet nectar flowing from your gloriously loving heart.
What question is burning in your heart, searing your mind, waking you up at night? Are you willing to feel the question with every fiber of your being? Are you willing to live with your yearning for an answer? Are you willing to sit with the uncertainty for as long as it takes, as many days, weeks, months, years (lifetimes) as it will take to live your way into the answer? This is the path of the heart-strong warrior. Are you willing to walk this path? I must warn you it doesn’t get easier. As your practice deepens so do the questions. At some point you’ll be holding the entire universe inside your heart asking yourself, What did I get myself into now? You’ll see that you are alone in this question with no safe place to run or hide and no one to keep you company, not even the wind.
Watching. Waiting. Wanting. Cultivating patience (not an easy task.) Holding a vision. Embracing discipline. Trusting. Asking. Believing. And then… tending to the tenderness, and breathing into the gaping open places, the void that was left the last time around. Openness and readiness are a call for fulfillment, but not its promise. I am waiting for that promise.
And one day, all of the searching will be over. This will be the day you stop looking outside of yourself. You will sit down, close your eyes, look inside, and see that the answers to your heart’s deepest yearning were within you all along. What a beautiful day that will be.
Try repeating this mantra while you breathe deeply and slowly
Try standing in your strength, rooting down, stretching up, breathing, repeating
I love myself I love myself I love myself
What will happen in the space of inspiration, when love is what is felt on the inside?
What will happen in the release of exhalation, when love is what is expressed outwardly as truth?
What if you knew your truth would help others? Would you speak it?
I love myself I love myself I love myself.
What would it feel like if you really believed it? What would it sound like if you could really mean it?
What would your life be like if you allowed yourself to really dream it?
******************************** Inspired by Kamal Ravikant’s book “Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On It.” I find the cover art pretty triggering, let me say…but don’t we sometimes need strong images to wake us up to the truth? Self-love saves lives. I found it well worth the read. I will read it again. I have been practicing the mantra for months, and began teaching it to my students this past month. It’s powerful to work with the mind in this way, to train it to reach for a better thought. The best thought…the one that could save your life, and the lives of those around you.