Something quite wonderful happened the other day, and it brought a beautiful epiphany with it.
I had the joy and pleasure of spending 2 1/2 weeks with a man that shows up and respects me and loves me up in the best of ways, without making me wrong in any way when I behave in a way that doesn’t suit him.
Talking about it, yes. But no shaming.
It has been beautiful, and now he is back in Germany.
I could share with you at length about how healing this has been in terms of experiencing what it’s like to be with someone that won’t blame me, run away, treat me like a child or shrink himself to avoid confrontations. And maybe I will later on.
But the point of this particular post is something else.
The day he left, while there was some sadness, I was so full.
So at peace.
My heart felt open, my chest expanded, my shoulders back…
And I noticed people, especially other men, interacting with me in a different way.
I found it curious and amusing.
What was different?
Ah! As I walked, there was a calmness about me.
I was so full, that there was none of that internal sense of seeking, wanting, desiring attention or love from others.
I was just walking and enjoying my walk for myself.
It felt good, and I realized that this is the reason for that mysterious ‘when it rains, it pours’ effect that happens whenever we start seeing someone and all of a sudden more people hit on us.
But that wasn’t the epiphany I mentioned at the beginning.
That one came the next day, when I went to Daybreaker, a morning dance party (best way to start your day!).
As I danced, I noticed myself comparing myself to others.
Oh, she dances better! Oh, he’s getting attention! She’s so hot!
I noticed my dance became about getting attention. Out-sexying others.
When I tuned in, I could feel that vacuum feeling of seeking, needing, wanting that love and approval from others.
And I had a mini freak-out, cuz I didn’t want to lose the sense of fullness I had had up until that moment.
I looked around, and I saw so many people doing the same. And others who weren’t at all concerned with that, and just having a good time.
And then I looked within again, and reminded myself that I am loved.
There’s no need to seek it.
And, what’s more, even though that feeling came about this time because of the time I spent with someone else, it didn’t have to come from the outside.
I could just focus on all the love that’s already there.
I closed my eyes, and brought my attention to that. I filled myself up with it again.
And my dance changed.
I danced for me.
I danced because I felt so good that my body was moved.
And throughout the rest of the day, everything that happened was gift after gift after gift!
I reconnected with a friend I hadn’t seen in a while, and there’s a possibility that I might sing in a production.
I got home and took a delicious sleepy warm nap on my couch.
Then I did some work on the computer, and effortlessly (when lately it has taken so much effort) took myself to yoga class.
The class was perfect, and left me feeling so grateful.
Then I glided home, and the most delicious warm and refreshing breeze accompanied me caressing my skin as I walked…
Only to find out that my upstairs neighbor, who practices classical piano every day, had been joined by a violinist.
Could it get any better??
Every single one of my senses had been stimulated, and it was almost too much.
My point is… this is what happens when I shift my approach in life from seeking love, to knowing I’m already loved.
It has nothing to do with whether there is someone else there to love me, and everything to do with practicing feeling the love that’s already there.
It’s vulnerable… a part of me keeps feeling like it can’t last. But even that feels good, and I know there will be another up as much as there will be a down in this roller coaster of life.
So.. Can you find it?
Can you tune in, remind yourself of all the ways in which you’re already loved?
I’m not saying in a woo woo way, ‘loved by the universe,’ etc.
I’m saying in real, concrete ways.
Do it now.
Fill yourself up with it.
Live your days from this place.
This perspective changes everything.
It’s not that obstacles won’t be there. It’s not that things will just be easy, because of the ‘law of attraction.‘
It’s much more basic than that.
Approaching life with a sense of already being full changes the way we view obstacles, and we start moving out of a sense of wanting to do something instead of seeking acceptance or proving our worth.
Effort gains purpose, instead of being something we have to do.
Choice becomes available, and a sense of freedom has room to grow.
All through taking a bit of time each day to focus on how loved we already are.
Will you try it?
I want to know how it goes! Will you tell me in the comments?