We are made to give and receive love, right? Let's talk about the latter.
I thought I was a good receiver. I thought I was someone who can take in affection, help, positive praise, opportunities and that genuine sense of love you feel when you consciously connect to another human being and Source energy. But, on closer look, I definitely have room to learn how to let in a lot more.
Does this sound familiar --
Choosing relationships with people who don't really love you?
Hesitating to ask for the kind of help that can really make a difference in your career, healing and growth?
Having a tendency to disqualify positive praise in your head with a "Yeah, but..."?
Squandering opportunities because you couldn't receive them without questioning your worth?
Resisting just being still and connecting with people or Source, which is all about receiving energy and allowing connections to strengthen?
Are you letting in love?
I was reminded last night by my acting teacher that if you want to learn to receive more love then begin by giving more love to yourself. Oh yeah, I am deeply loving myself by taking a weekly acting class again with Tom Todoroff. I thought about discipline as love and how my intenSati teacher and mentor, Patricia Moreno, taught a series built around the idea that discipline is not punishment, it's love. So, for me, LOVE definitely means bringing in more discipline, particularly with how I rehearse, prepare and take care of my body.
Where do you need to be more disciplined in your life?
I'm not a life coach and don't want to be, but I LOVE asking these little questions to help activate your thinking and if you take my intenSati classes, I hope this material supports your practice. Consider answering them. It can lead to deeper awareness.
I read a beautiful poem by Christian Wiman yesterday and want to share it. If you're not into 'the whole God thing' I suggesting subbing in LOVE where God is written:
Every Riven Thing
God goes, belonging to every riven thing he's made
sing his being simply by being
the thing it is:
stone and tree and sky,
man who sees and sings and wonders why
God goes. Belonging, to every riven thing he's made,
means a storm of peace.
Think of the atoms inside the stone.
Think of the man who sits alone
trying to will himself into the stillness where
God goes belonging. To every riven thing he's made
there is given one shade
shaped exactly to the thing itself:
under the tree a darker tree;
under the man the only man to see
God goes belonging to every riven thing. He's made
the things that bring him near,
made the mind that makes him go.
A part of what man knows,
apart from what man knows,
God goes belonging to every riven thing he's made.
I know now that by saying Yes to greater self love, No to people or habits that don't love me back and Yes to those who do, I am building a life on the foundation of love. Like a house with a strong foundation, with all that self love I will never shake, tatter or shatter under pressure. (Ok, "never" is a strong word but it will be few and far between!) I will withstand what life throws at me because of a sturdy foundation I BUILT. For a long time I was trying to build my life on the strength of success or the right relationship, but now I see it's as simple as deep self love and self care, from which stem peace, core strength and the ability to genuinely love and care for others.
Build your life on the foundation of love. That's all I'm sayin.
:0) Have a great day.