A phrase the Tara Brach said in her video stuck with me. She said to give your heart permission to feel what it feels. I thought, YES! That’s it. How profoundly simple–I give my heart permission to feel what it feels.
What if instead of seeing the low-energy as a curse or an enemy…what if I saw it as a blessing, a gift?! What if this is helping me to slow down, helping me to heal, helping me to see things more clearly? What if crying is exactly what I need to release my pain, hurt, confusion or frustration. What if under the tears is really joy? The joy of seeing the truth. What if I were to believe that everything is working for my highest good? What if I were to stop believing that the world was out to get me? Is that why we all run so fast and busy ourselves…hoping to outrun the pain, the suffering, the challenges that life will inevitably bring? But what if we could all just slow down and say to ourselves–
I GIVE MY HEART PERMISSION TO FEEL WHAT IT FEELS.
I GIVE MY BODY PERMISSION TO FEEL WHAT IT FEELS.
How powerful is that?!!
Imagine a world where people could experience their true feelings without judgement and shame. I think judgement is the basis of resistance…We start out with–“This is bad. This is not what I want. This situation is wrong. This is not supposed to be happening. This is not how things are supposed to go.” –and then we spiral down to–“I must be doing something wrong. There must be something wrong with me.” or “He/she is the cause of all this wrongness. It’s all his/her fault.” –and finally–“My feelings are wrong. I’m not supposed to be feeling this way.”
Imagine a world where people turned inward to know themselves, to know their own deepest feelings, reactions and patterns. Imagine a world where people owned their own feelings rather than blaming someone or something else.
What if we could release the inner conflict and stop fighting with ourselves? What if we could just accept our thoughts and feelings? What if we could stop defending and protecting ourselves? What if we could stop pointing the finger at others? What if we could all speak the truth freely from our hearts?
As a society, we have a lot of bad habits. We resist, deny, avoid, grasp, blame, shame, rush, control, dominate, battle…What if we could develop the habits of awareness, of looking inward, of pausing? Imagine a world where we responded intelligently, wisely, kindly and compassionately.
What if children learned these skills? What if children started meditating at age 8 or 9? What if there were classes like: How to relate peacefully with others, How to stand up for yourself and speak your truth, How to accept yourself just as you are and others just as they are, How to live with integrity and courage, How to be peacefully powerful, How to empathize and be compassionate, How to really listen, How to love…
I mean really, how often have you used your knowledge of calculus or chemistry in every day life. Why are kids memorizing information when what they really need to learn about are the BIG things like LOVE, ACCEPTANCE, COURAGE, TRUTH.
The way to peace in the world is to begin finding peace in our own hearts.
I’m starting to feel like John Lennon here in this ramble of thoughts. But I can see this peaceful world; a world full of conscious people who are living from their hearts, people who are FEELING. People who are really awake and alive. People who embody love, compassion, kindness, joy, passion, enthusiasm, acceptance. People who have taken off their masks and are completely transparent. People who are truly being themselves. This is not just what I wish for myself anymore…this is what I wish for the planet. Imagine…