How do you play? What things bring you joy? For you, it may not be grand or outlandish things that fill your spirit but then again, it may be. Think back to when you were a child. What things were you drawn to? How did you fill your days with play?
For me, it was dress up and putting on plays (that is me, age 6, on the left). I loved to entertain people, talk with people and pretend. I loved to direct, to lead. If we played school, I was the teacher. I loved to climb trees and run. I danced. I played and listened to music. I rode my bike and explored different places. I loved the coolness of a cave in the summertime. I loved running through a sprinkler on a hot summer day. I loved libraries. I loved the smell of them and the feel of books in my hands. I loved to read.
These activities are still me. I am a teacher today. I do love to run, ride bike and dance. I love books! If I listen to my child self, I know what fills my soul and what I need to do more of in my career to share my given talents and gifts with others. My gifts are unique to me as yours are to you. There is NO OTHER YOU ON THIS PLANET! You are special!
Today – do something that celebrates your uniqueness!
I am re-reading “A Return to Love” by Marianne Williamson. I read it almost 20 years ago and it changed my life! Years went by, at times living life unconsciously, forgetting that in order to maintain my connection with SELF, my connection to the Divine or All That Is, I have to consciously work at it.
Marianne says, “When someone has behaved unlovingly – when they yell at us, or lie about us, or steal from us – they have lost touch with their essence. They have forgotten who they are. But everything that someone does, says the Course (she is referring to The Course in Miracles), is either ‘love or a call for love’.
This resonated with me. This is ME! This is my family, the people who I love. I have behaved in ways I wish I had not. But that action, that CRY for love, not love from someone outside of myself but for that love INSIDE, was my awakening. The negative behavior from others was a cry for love. Now the awakening didn’t happen overnight… but it comes around. Right now, the awakening for me has come at a price of loss. It is a struggle with my ego on a daily, no minute by minute basis to choose love and not fear. To forgive others for wrongful behavior instead of condemning them. To forgive myself. Back to Marianne’s words: “When we are shaking a finger at someone, figuratively or literally, we are not more apt to correct their wrongful behavior. Treating someone with compassion and forgiveness is much more likely to elicit a healed response.”
I choose LOVE. I choose to forgive. I choose to BE the change.
I imagine that this is what Essence/Love looks like.
Photo by: Carrie Garcia- 7/4/13 Circle Pines, MN
I am reading “The Five Levels of Attachment” by Don Miguel Ruiz Jr. If you have read “The Four Agreements”, the name Don Miguel Ruiz may look familiar to you. His son has written this book which helps you to gain awareness of the agreements you have been making with yourself for years and how to let go of the attachments to the person you think you have to be so that you can be the person you REALLY ARE.
Here is an excerpt from his book that begins to describe how we attach on to certain ideas and images of who we are throughout our lives. From there, awareness sets in and we can choose to accept and love ourselves for WHO WE ARE- RIGHT NOW!
The Five Levels of Attachment
I am headed off to New York City tomorrow to the Flagship Studio of Yamuna Body Rolling. I am so very excited to be adding to my repertoire of healing exercises.
Check out the video and I will post more as I train and learn.
This came into my life today. I was meant to see this today as maybe you are as well. The interesting thing, in this version, it leaves out #10 which is “You will forget all of this at birth” which I think is an important ending to this list.