One of the best feelings in the world is when something [finally] clicks. You struggle with *it* — be *it* a math problem, a yoga pose, a relationship, an inward dialogue… ++ suddenly, *it* comes to you. Maybe that *it* is your life’s purpose. Maybe that *it* is where you should go to college, or where you should accept your first job.
Sometimes, it clicks because you’ve put in the time to practice. Other times, you can’t explain how it clicked — you just know because it feels right.
I’m currently reading A Return To Love by Marianne Williamson ++ it’s been life-changing [I’m not even halfway done ++ I already want to read it again ; )]. I’ve always hesitated bringing Jesus’ name [or any religion] in the CHAARG world — but, after diving into this book, I’m rethinking my previous outlook. CHAARG’s mission is to empower every woman to become the happiest ++ healthiest version of herself… to love herself fully + completely.
As Marianne shares in A Return To Love — Jesus, Buddha, ++ any other enlightened being were spiritual masters… “geniuses in the way they used their minds + hearts, just as Beethoven was a genius with music, or Shakespeare a genius with words. Why not learn from them, follow their lead, study what they were doing right?” ++ I agree.
You are probably familiar with Marianne’s quote — it’s my favorite of all time:
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. ++ as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
I was literally FREAKING OUT last Sunday in Church when the Gospel [below] coincided with Marianne’s quote. He even read it in his Homily [if you want me to send you the full text, just let me know ; )].
“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out + trampled underfoot. You are the light of the world. A ton build on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp + put it under a bowl. Instead, they put it on its stand, + it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds + glorify your Father in heaven.” [Matthew 5:13–16]
We play it small far too often. I know at least I do. It’s because it’s easy — it’s easy to say + do the same things as everyone else. It’s scary to dig deep + ask yourself the hard questions… to dream new dreams + go on your own path. We are all bruised. ++ we have a resistance to love + light because somewhere, along the way, our vulnerable heart caused us pain.
SHINE YOUR LIGHT.
For you. For me. For future generations.
This beautiful mix — my favorite quote, A Return To Love, Matthew 5:13–16, + the fact that the #CHAARGSBFP is literally all about *shining your light* — gave me so much confidence + trust that I have the courage to be. Everything clicked. I’m on the right path.
Have you had any experiences recently that made you fist pump the air [or cry in joy]? I’d love to hear!
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