Hello. Welcome to my peace filled space.
This month of January, we are exploring the topic of self-love. As I am Aware of the theme of self-love, much of what I See in my life is related to this topic. I do believe that what I focus my energy on grows, so as I focus a part of my Energy on self-love, articles, songs, artistic pieces, conversations, books..are perfectly placed into my life as gentle reminders, inspirational nudges to continue along this path. reminders to open my heart to Love in general and to allow the process to be absolutely effortless and joy filled.
I have two gifts from my heart to share with you today: a story from my personal life and a guided meditation from a beloved friend.
There is a handwritten sign on a board at work that reads :
The Truth Shall Set You Free
We have all heard this in various forms. I allowed this message to sink deep into the recesses of my soul and I chose this phrase as the foundation I shall create from this week. My Heart Truth.
So, I have a few questions for you to think about..Just for you..perhaps reflect, journal, allow these thoughts to surface then release them. What is your Truth? How do you nourish that Truth? How do you allow that Truth to be expressed? Do you allow your Truth to be expressed?
Often, we Know our Truth, yet we hide it, dim it, avoid it, bury it..for various reasons all fear related. Not acknowledging Truth can lead to missed opportunities, illness, low energy…yet we would rather ‘suffer’ through those symptoms than embrace what we know and risk being labeled different, unique, quirky…
When we embrace our Truth: magnificent freedom, joy, love, peace, wonder, awe, gratitude are present in abundance in our life. Which would you rather: “suffering” or “joy”..the choice is ours. Last year, at death’s door with stage 3 cervical cancer, I chose: no more suffering…I shall embrace my truth and choose “joy”..each and every day, regardless of external, I choose to celebrate the Gift of the day!
Here is my Truth: I love butterflies and glitter. Always. I bask in the sunshine and dance in the moonbeams. I Know that God holds my hand, and I tap into the Universe flow. I am a “Divine Warrior Princess of Light”: I work in energy and heal hearts. My children are a joy and my biggest delight in life is to be their mother. I open my heart to the moment as it is presented to me. I love fully, purposefully, intentionally, and unconditionally. I build my life upon a foundation of peace. I cultivate, nurture, and share peace. I take risks, embrace adventure, and enjoy life. That is me.
I love me, I delight in me. For the Truth within. The more fully I Know and Embrace that Truth, the more fully I love me. It has been a journey, but I stand here now and I Know my self well..so well, that I may release my ‘self” at any time. I Know my purpose on this Earth and I celebrate that purpose. Any moment that I feel “less than” I Know I am relating in a way of “less than” embracing my Truth. As the creator of my moment, I may then refocus on my Truth and allow it to shine.
My personal story to share:
It’s actually a story that I witnessed, but is one of those profound moments that will stay within my heart for a long time.
My friend received a call that her dad was dying. Her dad lives out of the country. Ticket prices are expensive, work is busy and we are short staffed, her children would require care. But, her heart told her to please arrange to visit her dad. Every day, I asked her if she was leaving yet..she said not yet..she used the words “not enough“..time, energy, resources. And I thought oh, man..how many times have I felt not enough and allowed that feeling to redirect my steps. And how not enough has sometimes changed my life. How when my life feels heavy, messy, chaotic, or when I am ill..that is not enough present in fullness. And how I may change that at any moment by pouring love into it–your love, yes– but most importantly my love..Divine self-love.
At work, part of my job is to hold the internal hospital phone. A phone used solely by us internally for “emergencies”. One day, my friend’s husband called a few times in a row. I knew he was out of the country, and I knew she wouldn’t be around the phone, so I tried to explain to him that I will relay a message and she will call him. Yet, he kept calling back.
Do you know why he was so persistent? Her dad died. Did you feel that? Her dad died..
When has not enough changed my life? And, because I Love her and I Love this world, what can I do differently now that I Know?
Thank you for the lesson, Universe. Because I am enough, always, in this moment and every moment..I open my heart to enough, more than enough, magnificently enough!
As a gift to my readers, my friend Jan Lundy from Awakened Living created this podcast regarding self-love. As I listen, I think thank you for the gift of wisdom, clarity, talent, joy, peace, love! May you enjoy this gift, and may it enrich your life as it has mine! In embracing self-love, I am embracing new and different with magical results:)
Thank *you*, dear reader and friend, for walking these steps with me, together we magnify love. May we apply that love to self as generously and confidently as we apply it to others. And may abundant magic and delight surround you as you open your heart to Truth..to new and different!
JANICE LYNNE LUNDY is the woman behind “Buddha Chick,” the web’s newest social networking and spiritual growth community for women: Buddha Chick. She is passionate about connecting with people who desire to live in an awakened manner—with clear, open minds and wise compassionate hearts. Jan is an Interfaith Spiritual Director, retreat leader, syndicated columnist, and the author of 4 spiritual growth books, her newest being Your Truest Self: Embracing the Woman You Are Meant to Be. Visit her website ~ AwakenedLiving.com ~ and her blog ~ AwakeisGood.com, named as one of 2010’s Top 50 Buddhist Blogs.