Not only do we live in a living universe, but the living universe lives within us.
— Duane Elgin
(One of the most loving things we can do for ourselves is take time to listen to what's really true inside. In the Trillium Awakening path we call this practice "greenlighting," and is defined as:
"A radical acceptance of whatever is currently arising in order to bring it fully into conscious awareness, thus freeing greater amounts of energy and attention to facilitate deepening awakening. This principle does not mean uninhibited behavioral expression without consideration of its impact on self and others."
I've found that adding a whiff of love, compassion, or kindness to the practice of greenlighting can make a huge difference. Especially for those of us who struggle with powerful inner critics!
Awakened activists need to be able to self-nurture and hand ourselves the critical "oxygen mask" of self-love, so that we are well-resourced and able to respond to the world more clearly and thoughtfully.
In addition, deeply listening to the tender (and often very young) places within allows them to come out of exile and back into harmony with our whole being, and reduces the tension and energy drain of inner conflict.
I hope you enjoy my 13-minute guided meditation, "Stop, Drop, Listen, and Love"!
Margit Bantowksy, MA, is an artist, coach, teacher and facilitator.