Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Soul On Deck

"One of the most calming and powerful actions you can do to intervene in a stormy world is to stand up and show your soul. Soul on deck shines like gold in dark times. The light of the soul throws sparks, can send up flares, builds signal fires ...causes proper matters to catch fire...Struggling souls catch light from other souls who are fully lit and willing to show it. If you would help to calm the tumult, this is one of the strongest things you can do. Do not lose heart. We were made for these times." 

~Clarissa Pinkola Est├ęs.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Loved


YOU ARE LOVED.

Millions of people scattered across this planet, and floating around out there in Internetland, will go through the whole day, week, month, year… not being told that they are loved. But, you are not one of them. I’m telling you.

YOU ARE LOVED.

And it’s not because it’s my opinion, or religious responsibility, civic duty, a dare I was given or a woo-woo dream I had.

YOU ARE LOVED.

You are loved because you have worth that has nothing to do with the size of your car, house or bank account and you are loved because you have beauty that radiates far beyond the size of your butt or your gut. You are loved because you breathe. You are loved because you get up every morning – or not. You are loved because you exist.

You don’t have to earn it or fight for it or even believe it. It’s just a fact, plain and simple, you are loved. And it’s not because you obey and please and stay silent, or because you stick to the program or don’t ruffle feathers. It’s not because you think you so cleverly hide who you really are or because you bend over backwards in the ever-exhausting pursuit of perfection. You are loved because you are flawed and imperfect. You are loved no matter how many times you fall down and screw up. You are loved because you are human. You are loved simply because you are.

You are loved when you’re happy and courageous and generous and you are loved when you’re sad, scared and selfish. You are loved when you lift others up and when you let them down – when you make the world better and when you make it worse. You are loved when you’re an angel and you are loved when you’re an asshole. You are loved both despite and because of your issues, addictions, flaws and defects – whether real or imagined. And you are loved because those things that are real and those things that are imagined are one and the same. You are loved when you’re lost and you are loved when you’re found.

No matter what you have been told by yourself, your parents, children, family, friends, lovers, teachers, clergy, politicians and pool boys – you are loved. No matter what you think, feel and believe, no matter how you show up and how you behave and despite all evidence to the contrary, you are loved.

You are loved even when you are your own worst enemy, your greatest saboteur, your meanest bully and your darkest demon. You are loved because, underneath all that rubble and behind the greatest of illusions, you are your own best friend, greatest love, most loyal companion and fiercest protector. You are loved because you are the Teacher you’ve been seeking and the Hero you have been waiting for. You are loved because you are the Savior you’ve been in need of and the Gift you have wished for.

So, eat it up, drink it down, take it in, swallow it whole, absorb it, bathe in it, breathe it, sing it, dance it, celebrate it, get drunk with it, light the sky with it, wrap yourself in it, curl up with it, sleep it, laugh it, believe it and live it.

YOU ARE LOVED.