photo credit: Erica Magliaro Taylor
How’s it feel to have your heart on the other side of your chest?
I’ve never felt such piercing pain for such an extended period of time.
I’ve never had to surrender so completely.
I’ve never known love or bliss quite like this.
Here’s my heart, it now rests on the other side of my chest.
We’re never more alive than when we feel most at risk (imagined or real) unless in the presence of purity.
You don’t have to sky dive (although you can!) to feel the paradox of “close to death and fully alive.” This same paradox will appear when you dare to put your heart/art on public display, to speak your truth, or step away from everything that feels safe and known to follow your heart.
Alternatively or additionally you can enter moments of “aliveness” by observing the purity of of a sunset, a baby sleeping, moving water, or a fire burning.
Both risk and purity, bring us into the present moment, they put us face to face with truth in all its power and paradox.
I’ve never felt more alive than the moment I gave birth. At the moment risk and purity co-existed and it seems to me that perhaps whether we are fully “at risk” or exposed to something so pure that truth is revealed and life is felt in it’s fullness.
I’ve spent the last month sitting in this miracle with complete awe and wonder.
As life begins to create new norms, it gets easier and easier to forget the miracle of the moment. It’s easier to pick up my phone while breastfeeding, doubt myself, let my inner-critic jump in, think about the future or the past… It’s easier to let go of feeling alive and land in the world of the mundane, of overwhelm.
So this letter goes out as a friendly invitation to myself and to you, to take a chance, dare to put your phone down, let your schedule slow down, watch the sun set, taste what you’re eating, SEE your loved one, and FEEL.
Get sensual and come alive!