Hey there, beautiful friend!
Welcome to your Sunday audio LoveGram.
Today’s LoveGram is all about how we take care of ourselves if/when we wake up into feeling sadness or anxiety.
Many of you know that I’m no stranger to swimming around in the dark. Everything I do — all of the celebration, love, mindfulness, and appreciation practices — have grown from the darkest, hardest time of my life.
While thankfully, a lot has changed thanks to 30 years of these practices, I was just saying to someone that I still often wake up into that darkness.
(Just to clarify: I don’t mean the darkness due to Daylight Saving time! I mean the kind of darkness caused by challenging physical sensations (anxiety or fear!) or thoughts in my head (“you’re too ___; you’re not ___ enough. You should ___. You shouldn’t ___”)
I realized that unless I talk about this more, people will think I just bound out of bed and when I open my closets, colorful balloons stream out.
Nope. It is all practice for me.
You will hear in this audio how living my life in the tiniest slices of moments saves me from the big, scary pit over and over again.
I look for (or create) a pinprick of light as if my life depended on it. Because you know what? It does.
Some people wake up and exuberantly launch themselves into their days. That’s not me. That’s okay.
If it isn’t you, that’s okay, too!
That’s why we have so many practices to help us lift ourselves up!
I see you.
I see your sweet, yearning heart.
I see the way you do good things.
I see the ways you care and how you offer love.
As always, I’m grateful to you for being on this journey with me.
As Ram Dass says, “We are all just walking each other home.”
You don’t have to do it alone!
Seek celebration — even in dark corners,
P.S. In my audio, I mention the Mango Publishing Heart Wisdom Panel called “Navigating Grief During the Holidays.” If you are suffering from loss of any kind, you will find this so helpful. Lots of practical tips!
P.P.S My book, “Say it Now,” is currently on sale for for 30% off at the publisher’s website until January 31st. Grab a copy for yourself or as a gift (or stocking stuffer!) in time for the holidays! There are 33 creative and clever (not crafty!) ideas for meaningful gifts they will talk about forever!