“If one wishes to know love, one must live love, in action”.
This quote landed on my fridge after my near death experience while traveling in Mexico.
The wake up call that I experienced was like nothing I could have ever imagined possible.
It cracked me open, woke me up, and has impacted my every move in life.
I have become hyper aware of when I shut down to those around me and when I am soft and open. I realized in that moment of thinking I could die, that I hadn’t been really living, not in a way that I wanted to be. Not from my heart, not from a space of openness to humanity, and integrity and honor of who I am. I had been dimming myself, apologizing for my existence, and not appreciating the goodness that lives within.
We cannot be selective about who we are loving to.
I do not say this lightly as my son’s dad is the most challenging person in my world and being loving to him sometimes feels impossible. What I can say, with all my heart, is that I truly do strive to live love in action. I work every day to keep my heart open and to meet those I encounter with that space of possibility, of acceptance, of compassion, and of connection. Choosing to give love without the expectation of it being returned. Everyone has their struggles, their inner and outer battles, the things that they are ashamed of and hide from the world. Life is not always pretty, I know this one quite well.
Not knowing if you are going to take another breath in this physical body puts everything into perspective….The magnitude of the preciousness of this human life, the everyday interactions with those in our intimate world and also with strangers, the motivation to be healthy and whole, the inspiration to make a fucking difference in this incredibly broken world…
Live love in action. Share the love. Be loving and kind. Make eye contact. Ask people how they are. Open your eyes and appreciate all of the beauty around. Find gratitude even in those painfully hard moments. Hold your little and big people close. Hug as much as you can. Cry when you need to. Open your heart. Heal yourself. Live your life. Live love in action.