Hey there, beautiful friend! I am thinking of you and sending love.
Today I send you a letter postmarked from the future, addressed to your beautiful now self.
I send you the whispers of the willow trees, “hello, hello, hello” as you pass.
I send you a wave of well-being, the sun on your face and a small butterfly flitting by.
Welcome to your Sunday audio LoveGram.
Today’s LoveGram was inspired by an event I attended called “Love Letters for Vincent,” which was described so beautifully as “An online salon of love and memory on the anniversary of Vincent Van Gogh’s death, weaving together his exquisite and vibrant paintings with music and poetry inspired by his artwork by pianist/composer Kayleen Asbo and poet Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer.”
Van Gogh was not a commercial success in his lifetime, he was lonely and struggled with severe depression and poverty. He shot himself and died at age 37.
The art salon was held on July 29, the anniversary of Van Gogh’s death.
It was intended as a way to send love back across the decades — hoping that this love, compassion, and appreciation would touch Van Gogh and let him know he is beloved.
What does that have to do with you, my friend?
Well, this: maybe you can send some love backward, too. Maybe there is a part of you who needs the kind of healing and love we all practiced sending to Van Gogh?
Is there a small child who was scared every night when the lights went out? Is there a fifth grader who felt left out and whose friends abandoned her for others? Did you long for something you never got? Did you try something and fell flat on your face? Is there a teenage you, who was left crying in her room after a bad breakup? Did you have an alcoholic parent and your life felt unstable? Were you sick and missed a big part of childhood? Did kids make fun of you?
Was there a you, way back when, who could really use some love from the you, right here and now?
Today’s LoveGram is an encouragement to send a big dose of love to that part of you.
When you listen to my 15-minute audio LoveGram, you will hear more about this.
(To listen to the audio, just click over to this page, scroll down, and hit “play” on the audio player.)
If this all sounds a little too woo-woo, you can just look at it like this: any time we send love in any shape or form, we are the first recipients. It is an elixir for our soul.
So, even if you don’t believe we can send love letters to Vincent Van Gogh or to parts of ourselves, maybe you believe in the simple healing power of being love?
I hope so.
And I bet so. Because you are here, hanging around with me and others just like me in this community.
We are all tending to our hearts and tending to the hearts and spirits of people around us.
That’s who we are. That’s what we do.
I’m glad to be here with you!
Seek celebration — even in dark corners,
P.S. I didn’t plan it, but I like that last week’s LoveGram was “Advance Love” and this one is “Backward Love.”