We have so much to learn about the nature of love and the mental constructs we've created that are inhibiting us from being fully present with that indescribable feeling. Humans are full of beliefs and thought processes that prohibit us from being completely open to giving and receiving love; based entirely on our false ideas and perceptions of what love is supposed to look like, what form it's supposed to show up in, and when and how we're supposed to receive it. Have you ever spent time with an animal that just radiates love and a sense of protection 100% of the time? An animal that has no sense of personal space, doesn't seem to know where you end and they begin? You realize they don't have these preconceived notions about what love is supposed to look like, they don't question if they're worthy of receiving it and therefore they have absolutely no hesitations in showing and GIVING love all the time. This is why they seek constant companionship. This is why they smother us in slobbery kisses as often as we'll let them. When I realized this, I had to take a step back and think about how much my beliefs about love and my (in)ability to receive it actually inhibits me from showing it more often than I could be. So often, I've held back giving 100% of myself to love, in fear of that not being reciprocated in some way. This is ridiculous, because it's universal law that every action has an equal and opposite reaction. There's literally no such thing as giving without receiving in this universe. By holding back love, we cut off from receiving the best gift we will ever know. I could go on and on but I have infinite thoughts on this... Let's connect, folks. 🙏🏽💜
@yinesse officially has two of the best dogs in the entire world! 😍Unconditional love from animals has been one of the few things getting me through my day recently. So grateful for their empathy and healing energy. And slobbery kisses. ☺️💜
SO happy to reunite with @klsytyler yesterday! Still hard to believe the last time I saw her was through Skype while I was living in Thailand. I couldn't be more proud of you for following your dreams and getting out of Kentucky. 😉 This is literally just the beginning! I have no doubt that your kindness, intelligence, humor, wit and open heart will bring endless opportunities your way. Can't wait to see what's in store for you on your NYC journey... The world is yours, my dear! Love you. 💜
Infinite gratitude to @tenpamonk for blessing me with his kindness, compassion and loving presence over this past week! Such a wonderful soul full of warmth and ingenuity. The smiles say it all. 😁 Looking forward to visiting you all next year in Uttarakhand!
LEXINGTON!!! DO NOT MISS THIS TODAY!
The Tashi Kyil Tour is a group of Tibetan refugee monks from a monastery in India who are touring the states creating gorgeous sand mandalas for world peace, and offering many classes and workshops on Tibetan Buddhism, all donation based.
Fortunately for you, they are coming to CENTERED today! They will be hosting a meditation class followed by a Medicine Buddha Blessing Prayer from 1-4 pm that you absolutely don't want to miss. The monks' rituals are beautiful and fascinating, and this will give you the opportunity to experience firsthand what their life is like on a day to day basis. I guarantee you will walk away feeling so uplifted, as these men fill any environment they're in with the most peaceful, healing and loving energy.
They will also be selling goods made by refugee monks — gorgeous jewelry, handbags, hats and scarves (even some that say FREE TIBET!), Tibetan singing bowls, handmade journals, prayer flags, wall hangings, sarongs, etc. All proceeds go directly to the monastery to help provide food, education and other necessities for the monks.
Please don't miss this opportunity to spend invaluable time with some of the most wonderful men I know!
309 North Ashland Avenue, Suite 180
Lexington, Kentucky 40502
Suggested donation $20.
Asians just GET me. They really do.
Indonesian and Malaysian chili sauce, called 'sambal' in the local language, is my favorite chili sauce in the whole worrrrld! And the spiciest. People take their chili game VERY seriously over there and I am slightly obsessed. 🌶🔥🌶🔥🌶🔥🌶 Local Indonesian friends used to tease me, calling me "gila" (crazy) and said I was going to hurt myself if I kept eating so much spicy food all the time. LOL. 😂 They're just really used to white people having panic attacks if chilies come anywhere near their food. (Yes, we laughed at white people a lot. It was all in good fun... We really are a ridiculous and hilarious breed.) Missing my family on the other side of the globe something terrible right now (nothing new, right?). 💔 Thank you for making me laugh @kristkrispy!
This year I've made it a practice to be consistently open, honest and very vulnerable with those I care about and feel safe with, because I believe vulnerability is one of our only means of intimately and deeply connecting with one another on a fundamental level. I'm also trying my best to break down the stigma of mental illness, depression, anxiety and the like... And the taboo that surrounds talking about these very real and very prominent issues in our society.
This doesn't mean my vulnerability is always reciprocated. In fact, it often means that my words will somehow be used against me to make me feel weak, ashamed, fearful or just downright stupid. The men in my life especially love to take this approach. Family, too.
I'm learning such valuable lessons with this practice. One of them is that not everyone deserves my vulnerability. Not everyone deserves to have my heart handed to them on a silver platter, with no protection from those who like to live in their own little bubble and not care about anyone else's feelings or problems but their own.
Not everyone knows how to handle my heart with care. I've learned it's my job to do that.
It's a harsh truth to accept, because I don't know how to not be sensitive, how to not feel my emotions so strongly 100% of the time, and how to not care enough to let it kill me. I don't know how to not hold space for another's suffering, and I certainly don't know how to make them feel inferior for it. This is my reality, and it's hard for me to grasp how it's possible that others don't feel and act and care the same way.
I've also learned those who use my vulnerability against me are scared to death of being vulnerable themselves, and that's okay. It took me nearly three decades to get this honest with others, as most of my life I kept most of what I was thinking and feeling to myself. I find sharing these hidden parts of myself doesn't make me any less fearful of what people will say or think of me. Yet knowing that I've lived my truth and held nothing back, and that there are plenty of people who love me that much more for it, makes every bit of this scary thing called 'vulnerability' worth it.