When it seems as though life wants to break us down – the truth is, life wants us to break free. To crack open. To release our grip from the edge. To let go of the only thing that has supported our existence so far – the illusion of control.
When it feels like life has grabbed all that’s left of us and we end up feeling powerless to stand up again and proceed – life is actually just teaching us how to trust, how to open our hearts fully and how to accept more help, more grace, more love.
When you’re hurting, don’t cave inside yourself. Keep your heart open. Let love and light fill you in.
You’ll heal only in your vulnerability.
Let the Universe plant a seed where there’s a hole or a sore spot. Let that seed grow with you in light and love. Let it guide you towards the direction of your expansion and your highest joy. Let the plant, the tree keep you grounded.
Let it transform you. Let it reveal your inherent strength and beauty.
Integrate the pain and transmute it. Rise up.
I had this epiphany one time when I was playing with my 6 year old poodle-terrier, Munchkin. Words cannot explain the feelings his presence stirs up in me. I know I love him because my heart expands even with just the thought of him. I am amazed by all that he is, how he behaves, how he lives his life and how he enjoys his surroundings.
To most people, he is just another dog. He can’t do much and he can even be annoying at times. All he wants to do is play. They dismiss him as something irrelevant, sometimes even less than an object. It’s as if he doesn’t even exist or as if he doesn’t have his own character.
But to me he is my angel. He is my ball of sunshine. The Universe has sent him to accompany me in this life journey. He grounds me. He reminds of who I really am and what life really is. He is consistent with his love for me and his lust for life. He embodies life in its rawest form – full of positivity and light.
It could be a dog like Munchkin, or it could be a plant, it could be a person, it could be a life situation, it could be a responsibility, it could be a challenge, it could be an opportunity, it could be a skill or a hobby, it could be a memory
…it could be anything, really, that can serve as love wrapped in a form of its own.
What makes us blessed is the act of unwrapping our present that’s already there, that’s always been there. In fact, we never run out of presents to open. 😉
There are times when I just couldn’t make sense of a challenging situation. I couldn’t rationalize my way through it to arrive at a logical approach/perspective and I couldn’t seem to unearth the lesson/s it has for me either. These instances make me feel all tied up.
In hindsight, though, when it happens it could only mean any of these (or all) three things:
The lesson/s are not meant for us but for the other person/s involved. We are merely an instrument in his/her/their expansion.
I could even recall getting a clairaudient advice, “Drop it off. It’s none of your business. Leave it to us.”
The situation doesn’t make sense to us because it hasn’t come full circle yet. We need more patience and faith to let events unfold.
When I say faith, I mean “blind faith”. Only that kind of faith can carry us through situations like this. No one can tell how long it’s gonna take before the dust settles, or what will happen next, so we must have the tenacity to be there for the long haul.
We need to learn how to be compassionate and love unconditionally.
Sometimes things just won’t make sense to our rational, human mind. When this happens, we must go check in with our heart.
It’s gonna take how long as it needs to take. There are no shortcuts. Wanting to get from A to B without taking our time to grieve and lick our wounds will only hold us back from moving forward.
There would be times when we feel like we’re moving forward but we’re actually just running in place, like a hamster in a wheel.
Our wounds, our aching heart will haunt us and pull us back until we have no choice but to get down and dirty – and do the actual healing work. Sometimes it even has to come to a point of health crisis or some sort of major life overhaul before we wake up to our senses.
It’s gonna take us to as far as we need to go just so we can go back to ourselves. It will require us to give and accept as much as we need to in order to become whole again.
Your heart can be soft and gentle, compassionate and forgiving – most of all because, at the core of your heart, at the core of love is strength.
Love is not passive. Love is not afraid. Love is built on courage. Love is founded on eternal truths.
Following your heart is not about rainbows and butterflies all the time. It’s a heroine’s journey. Prepare for soul-crushing battles and glorious triumphs alike.