This is the secret to working with pain and to joy (and believe me I know that it's much easier said than done): you have to stop trying to make the pain go away. -
It reminds me of one of my favorite meditation stories by the excellent teacher, Frank Ostaseski. He said that he was once teaching about mindfulness in rural Idaho and told the class how important it is to not run from our pain. A student blurted out, "it's like telephone poles!" Frank had no idea what he meant but the student went on to say that early in his career with the telephone company, he was being trained in how to place telephone poles. The old timer training the new employee asked what he would do if the pole was placed into the new cement and it started to sway. "I'd run of course!" "Nah," said the oldtimer. "The safest place you can be is with your hands on it because if you run it's just as likely to hit you in the back and you won't see it coming."
The safest place you can be is turning toward your pain kindly, not trying to run, not trying to force it away. Each painful experience is a chance to practice being with pain without contracting or hating it. And doing so will inevitably widen your circle of compassion and your ability to be with the pain of others without having to turn away or offer a quick fix or a cheap platitude.
By what myth do we choose to live?
Do we listen to the legends of ol'
the constructions of the machinations
or do we let the magic dance in our veins?
As we channel the pranachi throughout the spine
is the mind of science firmly established?
The creative flowing
The living essence throbbing
Love as the outlook
Friendship, and new family
A gathering of the new people
They are talking among themselves
you know it to be true
Building to the grand crescendo
Like minds are everywhere
They've just been waiting in the shadow
For a New Day
With a New Sun
With a New Moon
For someone to step forward
and be their own hero
with words of true meaning
and actions of honor
As soon as the first arrow is shot
the sky will glisten with diamonds
piercing the darkness
of the ol' world
Stand on the shoulders of giants they say
Don't reinvent the wheel
Be the way and the Light
Our times are changing faster
than we can keep up with
So forge your vessel
Float in the stream
Carve the canyons
Be a part of the process
Never stagnate in the slums of society
Rise so that someone may see you
By: Samuel Joern
You know, some may judge me, but this was the first time in my entire life that I really, REALLY realized I loved myself. I was free from stress, worries, and anyone's opinion. I did something I'd never do, ever. I took me for who I was, and ran with it. There's more back story as to why I chose to do this, but that's something that I'll keep for myself. Yes, I was naked (mostly). Yes I had seashells on my breasts. Yes I was very bright, haha, but most of all... I was me, and that's really all I could ever want to be. I didn't do it for attention, I did it to prove to myself that I was confident enough to be me. Say what you want, that rush of pure freedom and joy was unreal, I'd do it all again... (Maybe I will, lol)
#Tbt to #halloween , I was a #waternymph#costume#seashells#green#blue#Iloveme#selflove#wig#makeup#water#nymph#thong#brows#flowercrown#bodypaint#freedom#love#dontjudgeme#confidence
Your success depends on your mindset. You can either create positive vibes or negative ones. The power is in your tongue. You have to speak life over yourself. YOU have to decide whether or not you will view life as the glass half empty or full. Fear is something that eats at all of us. So it's time to channel those feelings into something positive because your worth reaching your goals. Stay blessed! 👌🏾