Saturday, January 30, 2016

On The Power of Vulnerability



I recently watched a TED Talk by Brene Brown about the power of vulnerability. It made me think about what it means to be vulnerable, and what it means to have the courage to be vulnerable for those things that are important to us. What struck me most about her talk was when she described what happens to us when we numb ourselves from feeling the uncomfortable emotion of vulnerability. She said that when we block ourselves from the feeling of vulnerability, we also block our ability to feel everything else...love, joy, happiness. We cannot selectively block out certain emotions;

"You can't say, here's the bad stuff. Here's vulnerability, here's grief, here's shame, here's fear, here's disappointment. I don't want to feel these. I'm going to have a couple of beers and a banana nut muffin." (Brown, 2010).


"You can't numb those hard feelings without numbing the other affects, our emotions. You cannot selectively numb. So when we numb those, we numb joy, we numb gratitude, we numb happiness. And then, we are miserable, and we are looking for purpose and meaning, and then we feel vulnerable, so then we have a couple of beers and a banana nut muffin. And it becomes this dangerous cycle" (Brene Brown, 2010). 


Upon reading this, it came to me that in order to feel fully alive, I must be willing to live and love with my whole heart. I must love fiercely without conditions, guarantees, or expectations. I must have the courage to live life beautifully flawed and imperfect, because that is what it means to BE fully alive and to live as a being who fully inhabits their body, mind, and soul. I embark on this journey with gratitude, as I continue the path forward. I will continue to learn, to love, to grow, and to evolve into the version of myself who will fulfill a destined higher purpose; the reason I was born.

Source:

Brown, B (2010) The Power of Vulnerability. TED Talk. Retrieved Jan, 30 2016 from https://www.ted.com/talks/brene_brown_on_vulnerability?language=en

Monday, January 25, 2016

Suppressing the Soul; Running from Spirit



It does become a habit to suppress our souls for the sake of survival. What happens is that the routine of life creates a lull of sorts; it takes over and hypnotizes the masses into this life-draining series of repetitive daily events until months and years pass them by; ultimately turning people into living drones in a world full of programmed people and things. Those that cannot be programmed live life on the fringes, because they can't "get with the program." 
If they can't get with the program, life gets a little harder for them, and people like them. The choice to be free is by no means an easy one--because for most--it scares them to be on the outside. It scares them to be free! That's how people get stuck in their lives...through their fear of the unseen...and a fear of the unknown. 
They prefer to stay comfortable in their shells and in their stable lives...even if it means feeling like they are selling their souls...even if it means forgetting who they are inside. They want a steady and unchanging perpetual environment..but, there's only one problem with this. Nothing stays the same. Ever. 
Like the Moon, life is constantly changing.  The ones with the wild spirits. They can't live in a cocoon. They can't stand still, or stay the same. The ones with the wild hearts, they are natural seekers. At some point Spirit calls to them, and they MUST bust out! They are compelled to act by their instinctive nature to RUN to Spirit, and not to hide from it. A wild heart can never be tamed, and therefore will always hear when Spirit calls...like it or not.


Saturday, January 23, 2016

Compassion, Patience, and Kindness Amidst Chaos



No life is without change, and no change is without chaos. How we handle chaos depends on many things like our personality, our character, our mindset (positive or negative). Change whether good or bad is chaotic by nature, and comes with a lot of uncertainty in the process. To be in the middle of uncertainty is a most unsettling place to be, and downright scary for many...including myself.

During times of major upheaval, I choose to be the best version of myself. I choose to feel compassion for those suffering closest to me. I choose to be patient with myself and others. I choose to love unconditionally, and to be kind to self and others. For in these times of great transition, the seeds we sow today will bear to fruit the experiences we reap tomorrow.

A great transition is afoot, and I don't know where it's going. All I know is that I must follow what calls to my heart and soul. All I know is that Spirit is calling me to make right all the things that are wrong in my life; to heal and to be reconnected to my body, to my mind, and to my soul. To become a whole independently vibrant person, and not to be a fragmented withering soul that lives to be only a shade of who she really is inside; waiting for the end of days. Waiting for grace and redemption.

I choose to face the unknown for love. I choose to embrace whatever change Spirit has in store for me, and to bravely traverse the landscape with faith, kindness, transparency, patience with the process, and a silent prayer in my heart that all will be well in the end somehow.

My Intention

In the week ahead, I will relate to my life with compassion, patience, and a kind heart. May those around me feel grace upon them. May they feel protected. May they feel hope. May they feel loved and understood.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Aligning with the Moon



I am feeling inspired to connect with the Moon. I want to gaze upon her, learn from her, and learn more about her cycles. I want to understand how she teaches, and feel the magic of her beauty every night no matter where she might be in the sky. What beautiful things I am learning! So grateful indeed!