The following is from The Book of Awakening, subtitled “Having the Life You Want by Being Present to the Life You Have.” Author Mark Nepo has written a very poignant short message for each of the 365 days of the year. It’s part of my new year gift to myself to spend some time with each day’s wisdom, allowing it to implant itself into every cell of my body and enhance my connection to Spirit. I promise you, as you resonate with the universal truth offered in these messages, you will deepen your interior life….and open your inner ears to the whispers of your heart.
Show Your Hair
My grandmother told me, “Never hide your green hair – they can see it anyway.” ~ Angeles Arrien
From the agonies of kindergarten, when we first were teased or made fun of in the midst of all our innocence, we have all struggled in one way or another with hiding what is obvious about us.
No one plans this. It is not a conspiracy, but rather an inevitable and hurtful passage from knowing only ourselves to knowing the world. The tragedy is that many of us never talk about it, or never get told that our “green hair” is beautiful, or that we don’t need to hide, no matter what anyone says on the way to lunch. And so, we often conclude that to know the world we must hide ourselves.
Nothing could be farther from the truth. It is an ancient, unspoken fact of being that blackmail is only possible if we believe that we have something to hide. The inner corollary of this is that worthless feelings arise when we believe, however briefly, that who we are is not enough.
~ Sit quietly, with your eyes closed, and with each in-breath feel the fact that who you are is enough.
I believe not feeling “enough” is something we all experience many times in our lives. Nothing could be further from the truth. We are created as Divine beings, in the image of God. Within our makeup is the ability to understand wisdom, seek out truth and use our free will to choose what works best for us. There is nothing in our existence that is meant to be robotic or programmed. When we take on the belief that we are not enough, we begin to press ourselves into the shape that is most acceptable rather than embrace our natural selves.
Let yourself go, wear your GREEN HAIR proudly! For it is your green hair that defines you as YOU and culminates the uniqueness of who you are. And my lovelies…..YOU ARE ENOUGH. Allow yourself to feel this, to take it in. As the meditation above suggests – breathe it IN. When you think of it today, breathe in “I am enough.”
When you connect to the Divinity that is you…..your heart will whisper her love for you……