“Love yourself first and everything else falls into line.
You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.”
~ Lucille Ball
Inviting it In
Exploring our Growth
Some of you know I spent the first 13 years of my professional life as an English teacher. I loved it, and I am still smitten with, and thrilled by, words.
Language has the POWER to take us away, open up worlds, expand our minds, our hearts, our vision, and our beings. When something is so well written we feel we took a step in someone else's shoes? Incredible. This breaks down barriers and brings us together simply by turning the page.
I am in awe of authors.
So today, I offer up a poem. Many of you probably already know it, but now . . . I invite you to integrate this poem into your meditation.
Sit with it.
Breathe it in and chew it up.
Make it part of your being.
The Guest House
“This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.
Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.”
Translation, Coleman Barks
I love this.
It reminds us to honor all of our feelings because each has something to teach us. And then, perhaps, we have some say in which of these guests get to remain at the party. 😉
Example: maybe self-doubt should not get to linger. Instead, we can greet it, laughing because it’s so familiar it has become comfortable. Then, allow it to become our teacher, guiding us into our growth.
If we are truly to be of service to the greater good, for ourselves and for others, then perhaps we should no longer give energy to doubt and uncertainty?
Here’s to allowing everything to be part of the party so that we can continue to grow and evolve. And, to staying focused on being present so we can be lead with light and love.
If you have a poem, or a quote, you’d like to share . . . send it my way!
Who knows? Maybe it will even spark a future edition of this newsletter. 🥰
I appreciate you,