There are so many lessons we can learn from watching the beautiful creatures of the earth. They operate purely from instinct and are not hampered by judgment or conditioning. They only do what feels natural to them.
And herein lies one of their most beautiful gifts to us.
When faced with a threat they contract and protect themselves; afterwards, they expand and return to their native physical expression and presence.
Our problem may be that we also contract when we perceive a threat but then choose to STAY IN CONTRACTION...never allowing the healing of expansion to occur because we refuse to fully experience our feelings.
Raphael Cushnir has written extensively on this critical subject. A few days ago I finished reading his book, The One Thing Holding You Back.
I found it mesmerizing...powerful.
It was easy to understand what he was saying and to see the steps he outlined for mastering the full expression of our feelings.
Simple...but very, very challenging...because our lives are full of obstacles to this free, full expression of feelings (possibly because it is one of the greatest barriers we face in earth school).
And the price tag for staying contracted (in fear, judgment, anger, anxiety, resentment, etc.) is a deterioration of our health and well-being.
Like all of God's creatures we are exquisitely designed to experience...and that means experience fully...bravely and boldly. Cushnir instructs us: "You don't just feel the moment but lean into it, let it ROAR right through you, and meet it with equal intensity."
Truly not for the faint of heart. But the cost of shutting down...of staying in contraction, Cushnir says, is becoming "unavailable to love".
And so I pose this question to you:
If you wish to live your life filled with love, can you open yourself courageously to a FULL EXPRESSION OF YOUR FEELINGS...accepting and embracing them without judgment...thereby inviting the inevitable and highly treasured EXPANSION that leads to LOVE?
image from grandmaideas.com
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