“People are capable, at any time in their lives, of doing what they dream of.”
“When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not yet ready. The challenge will not wait. Life does not look back.
A week is more than enough time for us to decide whether or not to accept our destiny.” Paulo Coelho
I'm having one of those weeks
I don't often quote the Buddha directly, though I have listened to and read quite a few books where he is quoted by monks (wannabe monks) and nuns. The last couple of weeks the idea of truly loving myself has been a bit of a theme, and has overflowed into my work, my parenting, my passion for writing and playing music again, loving in all directions, and trying to grow cherry tomatoes (emphasis on trying - they don't seem to like salty air).
I had a really cool experience just recently where I tested out the loving yourself theme in an-other conversation and couldn't help but 'laugh out loud' at the response (I had to explain and apologise for my outburst). I was asking the curious question of the-other regarding their ability to self-care/love. They replied they could not express their own love, or even like, to themselves. I challenged and said "go on give it a shot out loud". They took up the challenge and the dissonance between mind and body was really entertaining, and enlightening! I haven't been able to stop thinking about it since.
Short story of course is that the body and energy statements were very clear. There was the tiniest smidge of passion in the self-loving words.
Since then I have more regularly been saying all sorts of self-affirming statements, out loud and in my mind [picture me as a combo of Tony Robbins and Louise Hay...]. The result has been lots of quiet laugh at self moments, and you won't be surprised, some really genuine moments where I appreciated myself to the core and also felt a stronger sense of connection to other 'wayfaring strangers'
it's time to Walk the Line...
Duck sings along with Johnny