On this day 2019.
Celebrating a year of daily cartoons.
It can be scary to speak up and say what our truth is. Sometimes when we've done this in the past it really hasn't gone well for us. Sometimes the reaction hurt us or even harmed us. Yet, we can practice speaking up anyway. When we practice speaking, we may benefit from practicing with an open heart. We may also need to practice speaking with trust in our own ability to respond to what comes next. And when we practice in these ways we may be able to move through — and with — our fears and to strengthen our voice in the world. What helps you speak when it is scary to do so?
The heart can listen, too. The heart can listen with an openness and a trust in meeting whatever needs to be spoken with equanimity and love. The heart may also need some help to listen and to listen in this way. What helps your heart hear what others have to say?
Beginnings don't always look like what we imagine beginnings to be. Sometimes when we begin it can look and feel like coming to an end. Beginnings can be sad, gloomy, tired, falling apart, broken, decaying, and dying. When we begin it can by unskillful, confusing, messy, stressful, and chaotic. A beginning can also be a depression, heavy and low, and it can be a waning, an ebb, and a draining, a shedding, or a wilting. Share about a time when you had what felt like an unlikely beginning in love.
Beginnings are also openings, places and ways where we let in and let out. Like letting go, letting in and letting out can have a surrendering quality, allowing and accepting the flow and the ebb of life to move freely about. Yet without the sense of finality that can come with letting go, the particular surrender of openings may instead be a willingness to let flow newly through an unknown or uncharted passageway. What is opening in your life this week?
The practice of returning to the beginning, to a renewed sense of possibility, is itself possible because we left the starting place and went off and away to other places. To begin again, our hearts must have already felt a range of feelings, sensations, joys, and aches and pains. We must have lived in order to be reborn. In other words, beginner's heart exists because we are not frozen in time, unfeeling and unaware. As such, it may at times seem strange or hard to have gratitude for our heartaches, and yet we maybe can find a kind of gratitude in what we have lived as a pathway home to presence. What's a challenging experience your heart has had that you don't regret and in fact appreciate?
Sometimes we can paradoxically find refreshment in a memory. We can against reason be renewed just by feeling an old feeling and thinking an old thought while doing so with great presence to how our feelings and our thoughts are occurring in us right now. And we can claim our memories in present time, unapologetically and with joy. Share a memory that has also helped you feel brand new.
When we are truly beginners we maybe don't know any other way than to believe in our abilities to create and master our worlds. At times and because life is challenging, we may however experience a loss or lack of faith in ourselves. No matter how small a step we take back to ourselves, we can return to and recenter with our earliest self-trust. But we maybe have to practice. Wherever we can reclaim self-regard, we maybe need to. Wherever we can experience self-understanding and self-compassion, we perhaps must do so to stay on the road to recovering our whole selves. What helps you come back to trust in yourself?
There may be no right time for innocence, naïveté, and inexpertness. We may be any age and feel the exquisite freedom of not knowing beforehand what to expect. We may come together across generations and inspire in each other the eclipse of true awe. Share your age and something that has astounded you recently.
Even emotion words can be laden with meaning that may be entrenched or stale or at times just too narrow for all that we are feeling. When we use these words we may quickly and unknowingly foreclose on the range of new or different or unanticipated experiences that we might otherwise get to have had we stayed a bit more open to the wonder of all that we were actually feeling. Yet in the face of meaning-laden language, we can do more. We can turn toward other ways of perceiving. In any given moment, we can sense and feel temperature, contraction and release, energy, sound, image, biological drives, taste, smell, texture, balance, vibration, chemical reaction, heart rate, physiological response, spirits, mystery, qualities of existence, the soul, and more. Describe something you're feeling right now without emotion words. How does this relate or not relate for you to emotion?
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