Have you heard Miley Cyrus' new song yet? I admit I read about it before I heard it. Thought I would give it a listen and then BAM - I got swept up in what apparently millions of others have gotten swept up in - a song that speaks to my soul! I think part of my amazement comes at how well Miley gets it, while so young (30). While many are looking for the signs of who this song is about, to me it is clear, it is about Miley. It is about unapologetically loving yourself as you are not as you think you should be. This is true self-love, which in my opinion is impossible without self-acceptance and self-compassion. This song sums all three up for me with a nice, beat that I can't help dancing along with. Apparently, neither can Diane Keaton!
I teach a lot of different things with a singular goal - to be able to keep my peace in all of life's situations. While I like to, and often do, jump to how to keep your peace in any situation, the truth is that that tip of the pyramid is reached by starting at the base, practicing and working your way up. The base of the pyramid, would definitely include concepts that increase acceptance and love of ourselves, exactly as we are. Not that we are perfect, nor that we are claiming to be, but that while we have human flaws, our underlying structure, the truth of ourselves, the real us is perfect. It is divine. It is made by God as an extension of God for a large purpose here on earth - no life here is expendable. Each life has a perfect value that fits perfectly into the creation of experiences, learning and growing for others on this journey with us as well as ourselves. And, to be able to start to really take that journey, there needs to be acceptance of the truth of Who We Really Are, because without that, we are simply walking in circles. Imagine having a perfect blueprint of how to be within you, but not being able to access it. That is what life is like for most of us. While the blueprint is there, in every one of us, we believe we have to be able to ____________ something, be more, do more, have more, experience more, before we can access it. Which is ironic, because the only way to access it, is to trust more - and when I say trust, I mean trust in our own perfection more, trust that we are guided and taken care of, and loved. I heard Anita Moorjani speaking today and she said there are two worlds our physical bodies are experiencing here - one that is filled with fear and the other that sees beyond that veil of fear into a place of pure love. We all have access to the place beyond the veil, right now, right here, with NONE of our life circumstances changing, but to get there, we have to trust that Who We Really Are is more than enough, at this very moment.
Which brings me back to Miley, because, from the outside looking in, it seems like she has this thing figured out! Not to say her life is perfect in any way. The people who have this figured out do not live perfect lives, they live lives in which they are at peace with themselves. They have the ability to allow others to be who they are, call it like they see it, and move on. They are too busy working on their own peace to get mired in the icky ick of someone else's life drama. And, that is what it is - someone else's life drama, just like when we are in our own ickity ick, it is our own life drama. Not a big deal, just something we get to love ourselves through and lift ourselves out of so we can continue the climb to the top of the peace pyramid.
This February I will be embarking on practical, easy to do and feel good about yourself, self-love practices to help us more easily connect to the truth of Who We Really Are. If you are interested in joining, you can sign up here: http://tiny.cc/Amina2023
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