Welcome.

I’m welcoming in the world these days in many ways; big and small, internally and externally. While I’m focusing on welcoming in the world, it’s reminding me of the importance of welcoming myself.

Not just once or twice or occasionally.

Daily.

Welcome yourself daily to your own world. This can feel awkward, strange, selfish, weird. Many were not welcomed to the world or have not felt welcomed through their lives.

Now is the time to change this. Welcome yourself to your own world. Invite yourself in, in your entirety. Soften your heart to yourself. Inquire of yourself, Where do I need healing? Send your love there. The love you give so freely to other people, give it to yourself.

This can be done physically by tuning in to your body and allowing it time and space to grow, heal, strengthen.
It can be done mentally by meditating and practicing mindfulness through our daily lives. It can be done emotionally by allowing yourself to feel whatever it feels. Allow the range of emotions and not just the ones that feel good. Allow yourself to be, encourage yourself to grow, support yourself in every stage.

Welcome yourself to your own world. Then welcome the world in to meet you.

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4 Replies to “Welcome.”

  1. Hi Mo,

    Been following your blog for some time now, and just started one myself. First time I am commenting here though :)

    It has always been a challenge to me when it comes to clearing my mind of chatter. Any tips on how to clear the mind off the clutter?

    -Olivia

    1. Dear Olivia… thank you for sharing. From looking at your blog it seems like you have a meditation practice, so I’ll share some other things I’ve found extremely helpful. For years I used a guided body scan. It was my first introduction to any type of meditation and I’ve found it very powerful for getting into the body and out of the mind. I used one by Jon Kabat-Zinn included in the book “Full Catastrophe Living,” but a quick search online and I see it is now available on youtube, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SHVwkoQPPKc

      The other thing I’ve found helpful is instead of focusing on trying to clear the mind or still the mind or empty the mind, focus instead on allowing the “chatter” to come and go. Invite it in even. Visualization can be a great tool for this. Imagining the thoughts or chatter as clouds that float by or cars that stop at a stop sign and then continue on or anything you come up with, but watching them come, labeling them as “thought,” and then sending them on their way. Wait for the next thought to enter and do the same process.

      Trying to make the “goal” not to clear the mind, but to accept yourself completely, thoughts and all, I’ve found is more effective than wrestling with my thoughts and trying to force them to stop talking.

      I hope this is helpful.

      LOVE
      Mo

    1. This is so true. We sometimes forget we hold the keys to these “gateways.” It’s a practice; remembering, forgetting, remembering, forgetting. A lifelong practice.

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