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 have started to play this game on-line. It is a way to help me meet my goals, stay in the moment and appreciate life.
I found out about this game by watching a Ted Talk called “Life Hacks”. The speaker that inspired me the most was American gamer Jane McGonigal. She gave an engaging speech that included research about four core areas that we need in our lives to stay engaged, and feel good about living. They are: social, emotional, mental and physical. SuperBetter sends you on quests to use these four areas and employs “allies” (friends that you can count on) to help you fight the bad guys and reach the next level getting closer to your goal every day.
I highly encourage you to join me and play. What do you have to loose?
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.