At the beginning of each year, I choose a theme for the year. It is usually the theme I am most working on or working with to deeper my own personal growth. This year, along with peace, no suffering, choosing again, the theme that has most emerged for me is Remembering Who I Really Am. Someone recently texted me and said, it is critical that you make your own decisions and follow your joy, because no one is an invested in your happiness as you. And, it is so true. Many of us are givers and we love the satisfaction of doing for others, the personal joy that comes from that. It is one of my greatest joys and I hope that never changes. However, I am also realizing that I am here to create something and it is my job to ensure I do that. That means I need to be vigilant about my own path and my own joy as well.
The key as we enter this year is to decide ahead of time Who You Are Going to be in any situation and then, to the best of your ability, live up to that. For example, who are you going to be when you get bad news? Who are you going to be when someone disappoints you or upsets you? Who are you going to be when someone else gets the thing you want? How we respond, how we show up, is completely our choice. But, we already know that. What makes this practice more powerful is to understand that there is truly nothing that can hurt you. God/The Universe is doing what it does to move things forward and that is all that is happening. Things happen so that you can grow and heal and increase your capacity to love. Often times, we label these life events as bad or negative. That is where this theme really comes to play. Is it possible that a loving God, a loving Universe, would be punishing you or wanting you to hurt? No, it is part of a larger design. And, our job is to REMEMBER. I know from personal experience remembering when you are hurting is so difficult, but there is no real other alternative. You can get swept away and lost in the pain, anger, etc, but that is just more stuff to clean up later. It is simpler to get still, feel what you feel, but as quickly as possible, REMEMBER your decision to trust, to know all is well, to know that this is part of a larger picture and to get back on your joy horse as quickly as possible.
My invitation to you is what I am practicing myself this year - Radical Self Accepting Love coming from Radical Knowingness that you are a perfectly created child of God. Not the kind of self love where you get massages and manicures (though, I encourage that too) but the KNOWINGNESS that you were created to go through experiences for a purpose. And, that you are where you are for a reason. You will stay here for a season and this will lead to whatever is next. KNOWING that is huge. Then, there is no reason for guilt, feeling bad, regret, or hopelessness. Becoming the type of person who goes, "YES!", when something "bad" happens, because you know it is on the path to your becoming a deeper version of yourself.
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