Thursday, February 14, 2013

What is Love?

Love is sharing your lunch with someone.

Less about the chocolate and more about the love.

Love is the reason we wake up in the morning.

Love is the why. It's what we do here.

"Love is what is in the room with you, if you will stop and listen. When our minds are quiet and our hearts are strong, we see that the whole world is full of grace." E. Lesser

I don't know what love is other than what I have experienced to be true in my own life. I do know that it is a choice to love. And, when we choose love over fear, our lives can and will open to possibilities we never imagined. 

The wedding vows of Stephanie & Adi, dear friends who joined their lives together in July of 2010, are to me a picture of this kind of opening to the hope of love blooming.

They "...enter into this marriage understanding that it's not about security or getting anything from another but rather in knowing that everything you need in life: all the love, wisdom, insight, understanding, compassion and strength resides here and now... within. They have told me that they see marriage as providing opportunities and support for growth, full self-expression, for lifting their lives to the highest potential, for healing false thoughts and small ideas. 

Enter into a journey through life with the one you love as an equal partner, sharing equally both the authority and the responsibilities inherent in a partnership, bearing together what burdens there be, basking equally in the glories. 

Give up your small selves and take refuge in each other. To truly take refuge in another other means you should take refuge in all things. This is to live and practice together." 

Let Love Bloom. 

More on Love via Rebelle Society ~ Love is Everything and Sometimes Not Enough.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

I opened the letter. It said: LIVE.

"Here is a letter to everyone. 
You open it. 
It says, Live." 

~ Rumi

At home in Kuala Lumpur from powerfully renewing week long retreat with Steve Gold in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and the first thing I notice when I walk in is my half decorated Christmas tree sparkling in the corner of the living room. Yes, it's Valentine's, and while I attempted to take off the ornaments sometime in mid-January, I didn't get very far. This just tells me I know where my priorities are, right? And, I just can't worry over the small stuff. I am Living.
In a book by Elizabeth Lesser, she talks about a hero's journey, which is about "moving from innocence to wisdom, and from stagnation to new life." A hero is simply someone who is the founder of their own life, not imitating everyone else's life. 

Each season of my life moves me from some kind of dark forest, confused path, or what Steve Gold calls a self limiting belief or Vikalpa into an inner fire. That fire shifts me on to the next refining phase of my life. Some people believe they are in the flow and balance of life when all things are going smoothly, when there are no problems or challenges and things just click. I believe that those serendipitous moments are actually rudders that keep us on our path. Without some obstacles to overcome, I know I'm not making enough waves. Waves offer joyful or even painful personal expansion and open the door for great favor to come. 

Making waves in my community, taking risks to live boldly for my passions and following what I believe in my heart to be authentic, takes courage. I often leap toward my quest, fly and then sometimes fall on my chin. I get back up, dust off and know that only good can come on this . Each moment, each experience, every person I meet is my teacher and carries a message. 

"That's the basic motif of the universal hero's journey~ leaving one condition and finding the source of life to bring you forth into a richer or mature condition."

The message to myself is clear: keep going. Keep moving. Show up and be the author of my own life. I believe I am a conduit for community and for nurturing and revealing the beauty of those around me. I desire to allow my life to be used in such a way that there is no question that the choices I'm making are ones that align with my calling, my own Sankulpa (life's mission statement) which is to love and serve. I will continue to stub my toe or scrape my chin on occasion and not have time to take down my Christmas tree but after all, but I know what I'm living for. 

I opened the letter. 

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