♥LOVE NOTE – Tuesday April 1st, 2014
Dear LOVE-ing Ones♡
Here we are in April – a whole brand new month to connect and explore and play and learn and celebrate and have adventures and to validate and be compassionate and be brave and kind and for us to inspire each other and ♡LOVE……..and lots more…..
Thought I’d check out Wikipedia for a tidbit of info about April. I found that the Romans gave this month the Latin name Aprilis but the derivation of this name is uncertain. The traditional etymology is from the verb aperire, “to open” in allusion to its being the season when trees and flowers begin to “open” ……..
And even though this is referring in particular to the Northern hemisphere it fits for me following on from my reference to our wonderful Easter Lilies in my post yesterday opening their gorgeous flowers which for me always signifies opening to our next glorious season.
So I’m choosing OPENING as the theme of the month for me
opening my mind, opening minds…..
opening my heart, opening hearts…..
What Grand Opening is lurking……..or hanging about……or loitering around……just waiting for you?…….
It feels like there is an opening in me to go to another soul level…..
When I get the hint that there is an invitation to go deeper, or to open more, or to expand my present, I often get drawn to poetry – either writing my own or to reading some of my favourite poetry.
Tonight I was led to “The Invitation” by ♡Oriah Mountain Dreamer which I feel moved to share here in full.
I so resonated with this preamble she wrote as well: [my layout]
“I wrote what I need to remember, what I need to hear again and again:
that life is full of beauty and pain;
that the world will break your heart and heal it,
over and over,
if you let it,
and that letting it do both is the only way to live fully;
that we are not alone but deeply connected to that which creates,
and sustains all life….”
“The Invitation” by ♡Oriah Mountain Dreamer
It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living.
I want to know what you ache for,
And if you dare to dream of meeting
Your heart’s longing.
It doesn’t interest me how old you are.
I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool
For love, for your dream,
For the adventure of being alive.
It doesn’t interest me what planets are squaring your moon.
I want to know if you have touched the center of your own sorrow,
If you have been opened by life’s betrayals,
Or have become shriveled and closed from fear of further pain.
I want to know if you can sit with pain,
Mine or your own,
To hide it or fade it or fix it.
I want to know if you can be with joy,
Mine or your own,
If you can dance with wildness
and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your fingers and toes
Without cautioning us to be careful, be realistic,
or to remember the limitations of being human.
It doesn’t interest me if the story you are telling me is true.
I want to know if you can disappoint another to be true to yourself,
If you can bear the accusation of betrayal and not betray your own soul.
I want to know if you can be faithless and therefore be trustworthy.
I want to know if you can see beauty
Even when it is not pretty every day,
And if you can source your life
From its presence.
I want to know if you can live with failure,
Yours and mine,
And still stand on the edge of a lake and shout to the silver of the full moon,
It doesn’t interest me to know where you live or how much money you have.
I want to know if you can get up after the night of grief and despair,
Weary and bruised to the bone,
And do what needs to be done for the children.
It doesn’t interest me who you are, how you came to be here.
I want to know if you will stand
In the center of the fire with me
And not shrink back.
It doesn’t interest me where or what or with whom you have studied.
I want to know what sustains you
From the inside
When all else falls away.
I want to know if you can be alone
And if you truly like the company you keep
In the empty moments.
Source: The Invitation
Let’s invite and welcome April’s openings –
share what we ache for,
what we dare to dream of,
touch the center of our own sorrow,
sit with pain,
be with joy,
dance with wildness,
be true to ourself,
not betray our own soul,
and do what needs to be done while we stand in the center of the fire and not shrink back.
♥MIRRORING PRACTICE: Share with another about what impacts you the most or stands out for you in the “The Invitation” ….. And/Or on the topic of what are you OPENING to or would like to OPEN to this month?…..Have them ♥MIRROR you for a minimum of 5 minutes and then swap, or write about it in your journal if you prefer.
Hooray for you and me, LOVE and Blessings, Susie♡
♡♥♡DAY 91 – 365 Day Being-♥LOVE-Zero-Negativity Campaign