I’m sure that most of us have heard the saying, “Home is where the heart is” haven’t we? I’d like to put my own spin on this and broaden it to include what is in the heart. There has been a great deal on my mind lately, due to various factors, including the health issues of a dearly loved one…as well as my own introspective nature. The past several years have found me stepping into and claiming my personal power and this had had several phases. I’ve gone through stages of varying degrees of anger, resentment, turmoil, release, inner peace, and simply becoming who I’ve always been…the me who was waiting behind all of the hurt…all the fear…the insecurities…to step up and just live life on my own terms.
It has taken me a while to find the balance between standing up for myself while still standing in kindness and being an aggressive bitch, but I’ve made it…most of the time. I’ll never be the one to tell anyone that it is wrong to get angry and feel what you need to feel. It’s perfectly fine, it’s human, it’s part of the experience of living here on Earth. However, after we’ve felt our emotion and said our piece if we needed to do so…then what? We are here for such a finite amount of time, and I honestly do believe that we have been born into these lives to become the best and most loving versions of ourselves that we can. So…after we feel what we feel and expressed those feelings either by talking about them or letting them out in writing or art…it’s for the best to let them go in a spirit of love.
We have a choice to make. A choice to fully live this life we’re living and to fill it with rich, love filled experiences…or…to hold on to the anger and resentment, dragging ourselves and everyone around us into a downward negative spiral. Some people have been convinced that to surround and fill ourselves with icky (yes I used that word) depressing and angry thoughts, words, emotions, news, and media means that we are well informed…that we are subjecting ourselves to a well rounded and “real” world view. I’ve never been convinced of this, and am less convinced with each passing year of my life. Of course we have been taught and told that we need this ick because that’s the way that the world is. Do we really? Or are we simply perpetuating more ugliness when we fully engage in it?
Of course, bad things exist and yes they piss me off just as much as the next person. There’s nothing wrong with that. But, what do we do with the information? Do we rage against it and allow it to so deeply permeate our beings that we walk around in a cloud of emotional stench…or do we shake off the anger and work on finding ways to make things better? Of course most of us do not have the wherewithal to single-handedly eradicate war, disease, violence, and hate. However, each of us at least has it within our means to spread loving energy within our own little spheres of existence. Some of us can do more, but we can all do something.
I have found it to be true that we not only brighten the day of another with a simple smile, but we multiply our own positive energy. Acts of love, compassion, and kindness have a momentum all of their own. Try switching your mind away from ingrained negativity…from ego…from fear…from anger and into a space where you begin to view the world not as a place filled with things and people to loathe and fear…but as a place of never ending connection.
What lives in your heart space?