We are constantly shifting and growing, becoming more aware of the parts of us that we are ready to shed and more accepting and open about the parts of us that celebrate who we are to the core. This practice that I shared with you today is sacred becoming enlivened.
As I was heading to my car to go home after my trip to the ocean, I walked by a woman who was tending to her garden. It was overgrown and glorious and very different from the well manicured garden next door with the hole-in-one or whatever you call it. I told her that I loved the garden and she was SO grateful. She told me she gets such complaints about it. “Well, I love it,” I told her. And through the door, I said hello to her two parrots and they said hello back.
Here’s the lesson I took from this that I wanted to share – when you see someone being who they are without apology, acknowledge it with the love it deserves. One positive comment can be a salve to the negative ones. Let’s take care of each other, honor one another, and please, please, please, let’s help each other feel good about living life as who we are and not who others want us to be.
It can be challenging to live life on your own terms, and to integrate that with the interconnected lives we live. Our relationships and interactions at home, at work, and out in the world can often make us feel like we need to shut down parts of who we are.
What if we can find ways to show up as who we are in every area of our lives?
What if you let your plants grow wild and your parrots shout hello from the window, or whatever your versions of those things are?
What would your life look like?
I encourage to find ways that you can call forth who you are wherever you go. It can be in the values you exude, it can be a certain piece of clothing or jewelry that makes you feel absolutely at home in yourself, it can be in how you decorate your home.
When you’re out in the world, notice those around you who are living without apology, acknowledge it with the love it deserves, and use those interactions as bolstering reminders for the moments when doing the same for yourself feels difficult.
The idea of Sacred Becoming is that it is a journey, one that is in fact never-ending.