courage

Dangerous. Love.

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Dangerous. The world we live in. Dangerous. The thoughts we think. Dangerous. Ignorance. Dangerous. Awareness. Dangerous. Hate. Dangerous. Love. The terrorist attacks in Paris this weekend rippled an echo of danger around the world. Stirring a pot that is already boiling, on the verge of boiling over. Like rubbing velvet against the grain, even the most isolated of us feel something adverse, something that puts us in some camp regarding our position on the subject. It’s human nature after all to feel something after hearing about such an act. However, what we feel depends completely on what we believe, and how we perceive the world.

Helen Keller lived her life in the dark and in silence, such an experience could have resulted in her living life in a paralyzed state of fear. That kind of experience of living is such a stark difference of perception than most of us able-bodied souls experience. Rather than living in a paralyzed state of fear, Helen Keller adapted, and to her credit is known to history as a remarkable, resilient, powerful, and incredible human. We can attribute her life experience that created the wisdom in which she said, “Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.”

There is no point in arguing that these most recent attacks on Paris make us all feel less safe, and were nothing other than heinous. Yet, we like Helen Keller have an opportunity to take something more powerful away from this experience, something greater than fear guised in the superstition of security. Remembering that life is not only dangerous, but it is also short, we have the opportunity always to receive from our lives what we put into them. Does it serve to lock ourselves away in fear of what lurks around the corner? Does it serve to judge others based on a story of someone similar? Does it serve to hold steadfast in a belief that is rooted in separation? Ignorance only serves ignorance. The more awareness any of us brings to ourselves the more able we are to see others in a light brighter than fear, stronger than force, and as powerful as love. There is always a light shining into the darkness, now is our opportunity to rise to the occasion and shine the light of awareness into a world full of ignorance, one conversation, smile, and gesture of generosity at a time.

Danger will remain, but it does not have to paralyze, it can be overcome with every ounce of strength gained by acts of love. This is the power of unconditioned love, this is the power that creates clarity out of chaos, and stars in the black blanket of a dark night.  This is perhaps what makes love always dangerous, because true unconditional love will always win.

Prayers to all of those who lost loved ones on both sides of this heinous act.  Prayers to those who hurt and are angry. Prayers to the city of Paris for whose patron Saint I am named. Prayers to all who are lost in a sea of ignorance.  Prayers to those living in danger everyday.  Prayers and love to the world.

With Love, Always, In All Ways, For Giving,

Genevieve

Dive In

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Where there is resistance is where there is the invitation for growth and expansion, to swim wide and free in the see of your spacious being. The places that rub up against us like the coarsest sandpaper, the doors we want to close and turn our backs on, the murky waters that don’t look inviting, and the reflections we look at and want to refuse to see. These are the most powerful opportunities of our lives, if we can only allow ourselves to dive in. Perhaps you remember learning to swim? I do. I recall fear, discomfort, and unease. My father had me hold his shoulders, as he would swim under and to the surface, giving me a heads up each time so I could hold my breath. Over time, I became more comfortable and found myself freely swimming through the water unassisted. If I had never learned to swim the opportunities to explore and enjoy my life would be far more limited, not to mention the peril I would find myself in if I ever wound up in deep water without a floatation device.

So much of learning to swim is like meeting the resistance of our lives and courageously diving in. Diving in does not have to be headfirst mind you. The resistance is the kind fatherly warning that you are about to go under; it’s the opportunity to garner yourself against that which may drown you. Sure, you could grab a floatation device, ignore the problem, refuse to deal, and turn away spending your life with your head above water not getting your hair wet, but how would such behavior prepare you for when you don’t have a choice. Learning to bolster up and face our challenges head on is how we learn to swim, not drown, thrive and not just survive. There is great satisfaction in resolving inner and outer conflict, in expanding beyond the parameters of what we are, for what we will become.

Where the resistance is, is the place we have the greatest opportunity, it’s the place to turn toward, not away. Dive in to the resistance and have faith that you will swim safely to solid ground, more free and happy when you arrive there than you were when you hit the water.

With Love, Always, in All Ways, For Giving,

Genevieve

You

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You. You are who you are. Though there are many other people on this planet and even many who may be like you in more ways than one, yet you are the only you there is. All of who you are is the gift that makes up your contribution to the shared experience of life we are all having together. It is your responsibility to honor who you are. You are you and only you can be you. Trust that in honoring who you are you will find your way more deeply and lovingly everyday into a state of more sincere gratitude. Honestly express yourself, honestly listen to your needs, honestly honor your boundaries and permit yourself to really feel the experience of life that only you will have. Give of yourself authentically. Listen with all your sensory perception to the world beneath and beyond the surface of your skin and express openly your genuine response to this ever changing animate reality. Being generous of yourself with yourself in effect permits others to do the same through your example, and through the your connection to your heart. Know your heart, feel it, trust it, listen to it, be honest about what you hear there and respond with gratitude and generosity, this is living in presence this is intimacy. Have courage that you are enough, be confident that where you feel lacking you can gain, and where you feel in excess you can temper with peaceful moderation. Remember that while you are you, no one else is you, and therefore your point of view is just that, your own. Perspective and the awareness of the many points of perspective in any situation or circumstance is sometimes the most valuable gift of spaciousness you can give yourself. Set your sights on your intentions from your authentic perspective not someone else's. Invite your energy to always move forward toward your goals by holding a perspective that supports your ultimate success, and always get up after you fall. Commit to yourself, commit to your heart, commit to your intentions and goals, eventually you will arrive upon the doorstep of your most true content. Never forget you are the only you. Never forget that just like you everyone else is doing their best to arrive on the doorstep of their truest content too. If, along the journey of your life you get confused about who you are and what makes your heart sing know you are not alone. Look to the people around you and know that they too have questioned, they too have hurt, and they too have set goals that seemed impossible to reach. Hold yourself with love, and hold your neighbors to. You are love, and loving is what you do.

You. You are who you are. You are perfect. You are enough, right now, today.

With Love, Always, in All Ways, For Giving, In Joy!

Genevieve