The more I practice meeting my body from a place of love, the more I find that I am able to meet others from that same place. Since I have joined forces with Tara, co-founder of Love Body, creating this business together, I have found that I am able to operate from a place of allowing. In other words, I'm not trying to control every aspect of the process, which, historically, is something I tend to do. I can listen, consider, adjust and enjoy.
When I am operating from a place of control, I feel contracted, tense, one-dimensional and lacking in wonder and curiosity. When I am operating from a place of allowing, I feel spacious, present and more able to enjoy the creative process. I can let things organically unfold instead of trying to force them into being. I can participate as Love Body becomes what it is meant to be.
Perhaps this is happening because Tara engages with me from a place of allowing and I am mirroring her behavior. Perhaps it is because I am actively engaged in the ongoing process of being present with and kind to myself. Perhaps it is because I am getting older and realizing that I don't want to spend all my time just trying to get things done; I want to spend my time enjoying myself and providing meaningful service to others. Whatever the cause, it feels better than trying to control everything.
Here's a way to practice allowing:
Find the ground. Find your breath. Check in and ask yourself, "What is being asked of me today? How can I expand the joy of being in a body? How can I use my body in a sincere act of service?". Example from my own life: The other day I had a whole list of to-do's, from vacuuming the house, to getting my car washed, to filing our LLC annual statement and sending a press release to the Record Eagle, and more. None of my to-do's were pressing. If left undone for a day or two, no harm would come to anyone. I found that I was unconsciously absorbing the current turmoil in the world and letting it shift me into a place of contraction. When I allowed myself to pause for a moment, I realized that what I was being called to do was pick up the book on my side table, "The Return of the Feminine and the World Soul" by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee. Here's what I saw:
"Alive in the present moment, one can see the significance of newly forming patterns of relationship and the way in which they belong to life's organic nature."
Here's how I interpret that:
Through the process of allowing ourselves to be with life as it is, not as we want it to be, in the present moment, we start to connect to the inherent wisdom of our bodies. We start to turn to that wisdom to guide us in allowing our lives to organically unfold, to see that unfolding as connected to the unfolding of everything around us and, to inform our actions so that they may be rooted in love and healing.
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