John Bradshaw "Creating Love" [quote]Like all matters of the soul, love is a dynamic reality that is always expanding and growing. As we make breakthroughs in consciousness, we understand everything differently. We can no longer base love on polarization, inevitability, genetics, power, control, secrecy, shame, repression of emotion, duty, and self negation. It must be based on polarity, vulnerability, shared power, choice, creativity, self-love, and a sense of mystery and fate. As we awaken from our trance, we realize that we cannot flourish without one another.[/quote]
Virginia Satir, the five freedoms available to functional people (me):
1) See and hear what I see and hear rather than what I am supposed to see and hear.
2) Think what I think rather than what I am supposed to think.
3) Feel what I feel rather than what I am supposed to feel.
4) Want what I want rather what I am supposed to want.
5) Imagine what I imagine rather than what I am supposed to imagine.
Moving out of my mystification I need to seek the things that will fill my soul. I want to find (define) the things that I like:
reflecting to reveal the colors of nature
quenching my thirst, giving me life
running in rivers and creeks
still in ponds and lakes
rolling in the ocean
rising as mist and
falling as rain.
The sound of women's voices singing
Music that makes me want to move
Walking over yellow leaves that cover the sidewalk of the city, matching hotspring's long strides (she is a gem guys).
Walking alone in Simpson Grove at twilight amongst giant ancient redwoods, lush green ferns, and white mushrooms that glow in the gloom.
Feeling the light rain as I pass from under the canopy into a clearing.
Looking in awe at a 15 foot high root ball of a downed behemoth.
Walking far enough into the woods so I no longer hear the cars (hoping it's a loop trail)
Getting to my car, at dark, just as it starts to pour.
Realizing I just got dog shit all over my floor mat (oops, how'd that get on this list?).