For so many people having feelings is one of the scariest things to do. We’re so afraid we will offend someone, say the wrong thing, push people away, look stupid, etc. We’re so afraid to really, fully, passionately feel. This is not a good thing. Not a good thing at all, because we are feeling creatures. We are wired to feel. In fact, we must feel, otherwise we become numb, disconnected, depressed, addicted, withdrawn … I think you get the picture, yes? And, guess what … we live in an addicted, depressed, and disconnected culture.
Today still remains a tough day for so many – and indeed it was devastating on many levels for all of us. It’s a day where the word JOY becomes confusing and can even drum up anger and resentment towards the world, each other, and God. “How can there be a God that would allow this to happen?” “How can there be a God that allows all of the pain and suffering to continue happening?” We beseech, berate, and feel broken and incapable of changing it. The mind says, “Joy? Are you frickin’ kidding me?”
This simple but powerful affirmation came to me the other day after coming out of a very deep meditation practice. “It’s time to shine my light and enjoy my life.” It felt like a childish ditty, and yet my mind kept repeating it causing the deeper inspiration within it to be felt.