By Randi Schiffman
I sit across the table, sipping on hot Guatemalan coffee from one of my best reflectors, a sister and a friend, who shares a similar journey with me at this time; and in most times.
As spiritual seekers and practitioners we often get caught up with words like Letting Go, Attachment and Acceptance, which can feel like it is a dark and painful process to move through different life experiences. Here, I would like to invite you to flip your perspective to one of Presence, Energy Flow and most importantly Self Love. Focusing on the state of being that we desire will bring about a state of flow and presence into your life; where our attention goes, energy flows.
So, if you’re having a bad day, remember this; If we reframe our perspective into one of unconditional love, we begin to awaken to our higher Self and start to see the magic of all interactions in life and relationships. Perhaps, reading this poem will help to remind you that the foundation to this perspective is Self Love. Here is a poem from one my dearest friends, colleague and teacher: Jayananda James Roland
Before you go falling in love with anyone else,
fall in love with yourself.
I don’t just mean the one in the mirror, I mean the
one with whom you spend your every waking hour.
The one you sit down to eat every meal with,
the one you lay down to sleep with every night.
Before you go searching for your soul mate, seek out
the soul within you who knows no opposites.
How can you give yourself completely when
you are incomplete?
Before you go seducing another, align yourself
with the allure of your own gaze.
The eyes are a mirror for the other, yet, how could you tell a reflection if you do not know
where you are looking from?
Before you go throwing yourself upon
holy altars, throw yourself at the doors of yourself.
Keep knocking until there is an opening. How
would you arrive outside if not by a door inside?
And before you go proclaiming vows, promise one
To love, so long as you shall live; for richer, for poorer,
in sickness and in health, till death do you part.
Before you go, promise me you’ll never forget, to take this lover out dancing, out dining, out smiling.
That you will treat them well, as a treasure, as a gift;
you may well be the luckiest one on earth to know this.
So before you go, know this,
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