Love Whatever Arises
I’ve been humbled again.
It is beyond understanding how I can sit and watch my life savings evaporate and do nothing. This is the third time that I have allowed my life savings to disappear while invested in falling stocks. Logic would suggest taking action sooner to stop the losses. I am understanding how often I need pain to wake myself up. I have challenges with self-esteem, fear of failure, and taking action. Regardless of the reasons, I am choosing to love my own heart and to make love my number one priority.
While practicing an exercise from Matt Kahn’s book, Whatever Arises, Love That, I was able to switch from a state of defeat and overwhelm to a state of peace and love in the midst of a very hard day. The exercise is to say to your heart “I love you” gently and kindly as if talking to a young child. I also used another exercise based on surrender that really helped. Matt suggests saying a long list of phrases like “I don’t know how to love the one who can’t forgive” or “I don’t know how to love the one who is afraid of having less.” This exercise reminds me of surrendering to God in the Christian tradition. It seems as though the key is acknowledging our current state and the need for help. This makes room in our mind and heart for love or God to enter and work through us.
What I appreciate about Matt’s teachings is their universal language and application.
And I believe that they get to the core truth; that we all need more love, no matter what is going on in our lives. The exercises are designed to help reprogram our minds, anchor love in our body and shift to a heart-centered way of living. I’ve seen dramatic shifts in myself by saying “I love you” only a few times and have finally committed to doing it regularly for as long as it takes to anchor love in my mind, heart, and body. I intend to learn to live from a heart-centered consciousness. I’ve also joined a Unity of Fayetteville group that is meeting to discuss, practice, and support each other in using Matt’s book and exercises.
Please remember to love yourself, no matter what arises this week. I highly recommend Matt’s book and doing the two exercises mentioned above. Say “I love you” for at least two minutes every day for a month and see what happens. Make time to love yourself. It might just be the most important thing you do this week, month, or life. Will you join Matt and me for the love revolution?
I Love You.