Corrie ten Boom was a holocaust survivor who was imprisoned for helping Jewish people flee from the Nazi's in WWII. She had a deep faith that enabled her to survive those atrocities and still find hope in the Divine. She wrote about her experiences and came to believe that Love is larger than the wall that shut it in. If she could believe that despite such horrific torture, we can too.
It is easy to feel hopelessness and despair in the world right now, so I love this image that Love is larger than anything we can erect to keep it out. When we are experiencing fear and uncertainty - we tend to want to constrict, go within and hide from the world outside of us, but this just walls us in our fear and creates a barricade that others must navigate around in order to reach us, so it ends up to adding to our fear and loneliness. But we are often the ones who create those walls and I agree with Corrie ten Boom, Love is larger than any barricade we erect.
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Last week I listened to a podcast of Charles Eisenstein speaking about political hope and the idea that movements emerge through us, we don't actually make them happen. It made me think about the word "Emergency" and I know from my experience as a social worker that something new will always "emerge" whenever someone experiences a crisis or an emergency. It may be a new insight, awareness and skill or a greater sense of understanding and compassion for human suffering. But there is always something that 'emerges."
Once something emerges, it takes on a life force of its own, and this is where our true power of influence lies. What kind of environment are you creating to nurture what is emerging from the multiple emergencies all over our planet?
Deep in my heart I believe that hope, compassion, kindness as well as a recognition of our need for connection and collaboration are emerging as movement that is birthing itself through each one of us. If we stay open and willing, instead of contracted and in fear, we can allow these energies to move through us birth these new paradigms that so many are longing for. Movements are birthed through the love and wisdom in our hearts, so what are you allowing to emerge from your heart today?
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I recently read these wise words from Sharon Salzberg, "Love is an ability," and I've been contemplating them ever since. The word ability means to possess the skill or an innate capability to do something. I like thinking of Love as an innate capability that all of us have. This means we can't lose love and no one can take it from us either, and this can be both a comforting and challenging idea at the same time!
I believe that our ability to give and receive love is always a choice, and that slowing down, taking a deep breath and becoming aware of your heart, is the practice that will connect you to the world inside of you, where you can access this ability to love. The good news is, this ability isn't dependent on circumstances and events in the world outside of you!
If you are feeling lonely or disconnected with the pandemic swirling all around us, this may be a hard idea to accept. That's why I like to think of Love as an ability. Just like any other ability we possess, the more we practice using it, the more skillful we become. What a wonderful desire to aspire to - becoming more skillful in love!
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Years ago, I combined my clinical skills as a therapist with my love of art and interior design, and taught my clients how to create an environment inside of them and outside of them) that would support what they wanted to achieve and create in their lives. I studied Taoism and incorporated eastern design principles into my work, so I would often say to my clients " Energy flows, where attention goes!"
Where is your attention right now? Are you focusing on compassion, hope and loving kindness for yourself and others? Or, are you focusing on your anger and perhaps a sense of helplessness about all the chaos and upheaval in our world today? Whatever we focus on, we flow energy to, which helps it gather momentum and increases its ability to influence our lives.
If you realize that you've been focusing your attention on something that is causing you pain and discomfort, it can help to use an affirmation to begin to build momentum in a new direction. An affirmation is just a simple statement you say over and over again to help you be mindful of what you are focusing your attention on. The key with using any affirmation is to make sure it is something that you want to believe, and not something that feels like an impossibility, because then your mind will start to refute it and just create more mental chatter.
Sometimes, if you are really struggling, then using an affirmation to shift your attention can almost seem annoying and too hard to do. In that case, it might help to start with being willing to open up to more ease and comfort. You could say something like " I am willing to allow more peace to flow into my life." Try saying that 100 times a day, or writing it in a journal. After just a few days of practicing this, you might be amazed at how much more peace flows into your life! It may not change the situation or circumstances you are dealing with, but it can certainly help you maintain a more peaceful attitude and empower you to cope better.
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I’ve always loved the word Delight! To me it means “of the light” and with all the darkness and fear in the world today, I wanted to create a place where we can gather together, restore our connection to the light and help one another to Delight The World with love, kindness, gentleness, beauty, compassion and grace. —Amy Rose, LCSW