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……
I love this post from Cheryl Richardson’s Facebook today:
Today is a day of wonderful new beginnings – 1/1/11 – a perfect time to think about ONE small daily habit you could put in place to support you in listening to and honoring what your soul most needs at this time in your life.
I’ve started a new dream journal and have decided to spend this year keeping track of my dreams in order to hear the voice of my soul more clearly. How about you? In celebration of 1/1/11, choose one, manageable thing you could do almost every day to say to your sweet Self “I’m here! I’m paying attention! I care about you! Your needs matter!”
Here we are! It’s 2011 and we’ve made it! Our world consciousness is shifting….and we are alive to be an active part of the movement. How absolutely invigorating! I urge you to see yourself clearly, with full open eyes. Understand the importance you bring to this time in history, the value of your gifts and talents, the most perfect hologram of love….this being that is YOU.
I’m a firm believer in our spiritual “charts” (astrological) and “contracts” (archetypal). We were active participants in designing each, determining what course was most conducive to our soul’s journey in this life. Together with our Master, Teachers, Guides and Loved Ones, we looked into this time of history and chose to be right here, right now! We orchestrated who we are, what we’ve brought and how we will navigate our way through seeing, knowing, loving ourselves and the world around us. Doesn’t that reality send a spine-tingling awakening call to your spirit?!
The challenges and triumphs that move us along the highs and lows of our lives, these were meant to be a part of our Earth School. What we experience here molds us into a perfectly imperfect spirit-human being who can affect change. We EACH have a contribution to the consciousness on our planet. The smallest thoughts of love and kindness, to ourselves or to others can make a difference. Truly….we know this already, do we not?
I really love Gandhi’s quote: “You must be the change you want to see in the world.” Well, loved ones….we are the change. YOU are the change. Embrace the privilege to be so. See this era in our Earth’s timeline for just what it is….a tremendous shift in spiritual and self awareness. Feel within yourself the power of that, the beauty of being alive RIGHT NOW. And then, take a moment to yourself and breathe deeply into your heart, feeling GRACE envelop you in her warmth. She is ever with you, lighting your way as you take each step forward in your soul’s voyage here.
And in the presence of grace…..listen…..for your heart whispers to you words that only you can hear.
Perhaps others of you saw this link this morning – for 2011 horoscopes on Yahoo’s homepage. Typically I’ll read some of these and can “take it or leave it” – but today I was really drawn to and felt connected with many of the astrological readings for my sign. What a year it’s going to be!! If you have any interest in fun astrology – to be taken lightly or more seriously, check out this page: 2011 Horoscopes . I would love to hear any feedback you might have after reading the outlook for your own sign and what 2011 will bring you.
This is an incredible time of year! We are on the threshold of what is yet to come. Stepping into a new year allows us to step into fresh, new energy in our lives. We can pause and look ahead, contemplating what we wish for ourselves in this new space. I’m not one for resolutions, but I do very much believe that we can co-create what we desire to be part of our journey, any time of year. And yet…..there is something exciting about tomorrow being 2011!
Doesn’t it feel as if the new year awaits us with open arms? Asking us how we see ourselves now…and going forward. There are so many realms in which we could check in with ourselves…how will we love? What kind of work will allow us to most creatively use the talents and abilities we have been given? Where would we like to orchestrate change? In what areas of our life are we so blessed, we must remember to practice gratitude? How can we live a life that practices what we believe in and feel most passionate about?
Each of these questions holds its own power. As you contemplate even one of them, you call to your inner self and the Universal energy that guides your path. Along with or in place of your resolutions this year, check in with your soul’s compass. See where you might be drawn to go, what calling you hear from within. Invite an energy shift into the course of your daily life.
Are you in tune with your spirit’s voice? Perhaps this is the perfect time to be still long enough to hear what your heart might whisper to you.