Post Valentines Trip
I spent the week post valentines, in a village in India (after 26 years) from where my mum’s family originate from, to celebrate a family wedding.
We were joined by family from across the globe, different ages and generations of family gathered from Canada, Africa and the USA. Some meeting after several years!
Emotions were mixed, remembering those we’d sadly lost during the time in between, with feelings of happiness for new beginnings that lie ahead.
“Family, like branches in a tree, we all grow in different directions, yet our roots remain as one.” – Author Unknown.
Our family roots deeply embedded in the history of this little village. Now, the majority of us reside outside of India acquiring different lifestyles to each other, perhaps holding somewhat different attitudes and values from another. Our aspirations and dreams also varying. Although we are defined by the same RACE, our ETHNIC and CULTURAL experiences differ.
All these differences make us ‘UNIQUE’ – a topic we explored a few weeks ago; ‘What makes you, you?’
An Unspoken Understanding and Acceptance
UNCONDITIONAL LOVE (despite all our differences) connected each and every one of us together during this time in India.
Unconditional love is the template to all relationships, including the one with ourselves. As a human race, we are all so diverse, yet so similar – in that the one thing that connects us is the language of love; the desire to love and be loved… which lies in being truly accepted by another.
It’s not just about romantic love!
Valentines, would have been determined by your views and personal circumstances, but as the 5 Day Valentines Love Challenge was not just based on ‘romantic love’ I trust that you would have connected with the love for yourself and in turn for others around you, despite the relationship label.
On the plane ride back from India, I started to read ‘The Alchemist’, it’s quite an old book, first published in 1988, so might already have been read by many of you, if not it is worth a read!
I have not yet finished the book, but it is about FOLLOWING YOUR DREAMS. To do this we must let go of others expectations and judgements, find the love within us and follow our heart. We must realise that hardships on the way are actually blessings in disguise and we must not allow fear to defeat us. When your dream is within reach, it’s about having the courage to finally grasp it and fulfil it, and beat any temptation to sabotage something you so truly want.
This Weeks Challenge
An Alchemist is someone who turns any metal into gold – so metaphorically speaking an Alchemist is someone who can turn anything into something beautiful. It can turn Darkness into Light, it can turn Hate into Love.
So Your Challenge For This Week: Is to practice ALCHEMY!
Stop, pause….. think…….respond with Love. Don’t react. Respond.
When you feel fear, doubt, or any other negative emotion – show yourself love, be kind to yourself – don’t be defeated by these feelings. Today I felt uncertainty for the first time in a while. I had to check out my Self Care Tool Kit, and decide what I needed to do in order to deal with the feelings associated with upcoming changes.
Don’t ignore the feelings you get, acknowledge them and then turn them into something positive; self compassion, self love or do something creative or physical.
When you are faced with a challenging situation or person, respond to them with compassion, understanding and love. Don’t take it personally – don’t allow negative feelings from them to project onto you. Sometimes it can help to visualise a see-through shield around you when you are with such people. Imagine that any negativity from others bounces off this shield and returns back to them with love.
So are you up for this challenge? Are you ready to transmute fear, doubt, guilt and any other uncomfortable feeling and turn it into LOVE?
I look forward to hearing about how you got on!
Until next week – Love and Light,