You may have received messages from relatives, friends, teachers, therapists, and your cat Frederick to slow down, quiet down, wait, think less, feel less, and shrink. You may have felt overwhelmed by events on Planet Earth so you have wanted to hide, retreat, shut down, and sob endlessly. You may be tempted to jump into the social media fray and reduce your complex, nuanced, empathetic analysis of events into quick little catchy memes. You may even be doubting your complex, nuanced, informed empathy because no one around you seems to share it. You may feel like you’re living in a sea of assumptions, ignorance, and
OK. Wait. I confess. I realize I swim in my own sea of assumptions, ignorance, and
dumbfuckery platitudes. After all, I have mastered the art of Instagram memes. I recognize we all have our blind spots, biases, and inaccurate beliefs.
And so then, coming from my particular sea of blind spots, biases, inaccurate beliefs, assumptions, ignorance, and platitudes, I have some suggestions for you.
The suggestions: Allow yourself to accept, recognize, and embrace your rainforest-mindedness. What does that mean? That means do not slow down, quiet down, wait, think less, and shrink. That means do not hide, retreat, and shut down. (You may still need to sob.) That means find YOUR PARTICULAR means of expansion, expression, and beingness. Use the tools that are readily available (my books!) such as journaling, introspection, healing practices, therapies, acupuncture, relationships, reading, spirituality, meditation, art, music, and more, to gain support for this journey. You are on a life-long adventure to be your fullest YOU.
And in case you’re wondering, I can tell you this with some confidence because I am on this journey, too. I am finding my way to more expansion, expression, and beingness. My particular version. And it’s not easy. It’s like crawling out of the tiny box I lived in for years, maybe lifetimes. Fighting my way out. Then slinking back in when it feels safer or wiser or easier. In and out of the darn box. Letting go of old identities formed by experiences in my family, passed down through generations. Letting go of attachment to my limitations and to the awkwardness of my swirling doubts, so that I might be able to imagine I have something to say, to, um, super smart people! That is really the most hysterical part, if you want to know the truth.
Old identities, limitations, doubts, and hysteria. I’m not letting them stop me.
Don’t let them stop YOU.
To my bloggEEs: I must confess to you, I love the word dumbfuckery. What words do you love? And how are you finding your particular expansion, expression, and beingness? I can not tell you how much it means to me that you are still here. Sending you as much love as I can muster. 💚
(Note: I just started reading A Therapeutic Journey by Alain de Botton. I love what he has to say about inner work, therapy, and relationships.)