…and this is what it looks like.
I was watching a webinar with Jonathan Fields recently, and among many things, I was especially inspired by one thing he said: “I have a dream, and this is what it looks like.” Well, you know what? I have a dream, and this is what it looks like.
It looks like being our own answers. Not looking outside ourselves for acceptance, rather, having self awareness so strongly at our core, that no one could possibly show up more strongly for us than ourselves.
It looks like being compassionate – both with others, and ourselves. Having empathy towards other people’s situations as well as our own.
It looks like loving and being loved – period. Loving. Loving. Loving. Loving ourselves, our friends, neighbours, children, animals, our environment, people we don’t agree with – leaving space for the fact that we can usually find some common ground. Regardless, just loving.
It looks like realizing that the only constant is that things change. It doesn’t matter how positive or negative life may feel right now; things always change. We may think we have everything together today, and realize tomorrow that we don’t – and vice versa – and that’s OK. We’re OK. Because everything changes.
It looks like caring for ourselves as well as we care for others around us. Giving ourselves what we need – filling our cup, so to speak – before automatically giving to others. There are times where the balance can be tricky, but the habit of self care takes practice sometimes.
It looks like human beings simply being turned on and aware. We can be turned on by anything. Love, water, a kind word, touch, sand, music, food, dance, anything sensual. We have six senses for a reason – yes I am including intuition. Knowing what turns us on, really causes us to shift energetically, and that is so powerful.
It looks like treating children with the same respect, love, and care that we want to be treated with as adults. No violence towards children in any way, shape, or form. They are the future, after all.
It looks like loving and appreciating our bodies, and what they do for us, every day. In New Dialect‘s Kinesiology & Dancing Into Self-Integration workshop I took a few months back, the instructor (Carrie Gerow) had us thank our bodies for simply transporting us to the class that day. That idea is beautiful. We can always find something to appreciate about our bodies, even if it is simply the fact that we are able to read this blog post. “Thank you, Eyes. Life would be so different without you. I couldn’t see my husband and sons, my friends, my surroundings, the Great Outdoors, books, my body. Wow. Thank you.” I’m thinking you might have some things to add to that list…
It looks like being grateful. Grateful for everything that we have, everything that we don’t have, and everything we want to have. We can always fill lack with gratitude. And when we start focusing on what we’re grateful for, so much of the “noise” just falls away.
It looks like empowering ourselves with knowledge about everything we desire – food, environment, awareness, relationships, etc. The list here could go on and on, but knowledge is amazing.
It looks like finding how we like to move, and doing it. I read something that really stuck with me the other day. “Exercise is optional. Movement is essential.” Our bodies want to move. Movement can even help us when we feel stuck in something.
It looks like knowing what inspires us, and then finding even more inspiration to fill every crack and crevice of our creations – whether our creations are life, love, family, art…anything. We can find so much to inspire us.
It looks like just being and surrounding ourselves with everything that amazes, inspires, and frees us. Everything. We can have it all – we just have to dream it first. And then live into the dream.
And, while I’m dreaming about this, “I get up. I walk. I fall down. Meanwhile, I keep dancing.” – Hillel
I am so grateful you are here, taking in this post. I am sure I have a lot more to add to my dream – in fact, my About page would probably help. What is your dream? What does it look like?
Currently listening to Fresh Aire Interludes, composed by Chip Davis.