Today I came into the world. Today is about the gift my mom and dad gave me for filling my own space here. Today is a celebration of life and connection and movement forward. Today is my birthday.
Yet, for the past several days all I can think about is, “If you love only yourself, you will serve only yourself. And you will have only yourself.” (from Stephen Colbert…he’s the man!)
My yoga journey has filled my heart and soul in places that are deep, the places that you can’t touch but only feel. It’s been healing and uplifting and full of love. You have to really love yourself and the process it takes to practice living and growing to let go of unimportant things without fear, to let yourself be vulnerable, and to find ease in the moments that might be the hardest. Yoga has been a gift and one that I love sharing with others. It takes time and practice for these truths to sink in…but they do.
With all of this though, a concentration on only self doesn’t serve you. It doesn’t serve me. Lift by giving. Lift by listening and sharing and spending real time with those around you. My thoughts have been largely centered around my children.
What can I give them that will carry them through every circumstance? I won’t always be there. They will grow and have their floundering moments, their doubts, their highs, their own birthdays to celebrate. What matters enough to focus on? What can I gift them with?
As I was thinking about this the other night, that’s the phrase that came to mind. You matter. They matter. We matter. You are powerful, you are strong, and you are loved. You matter. I matter. Our lives can be great as we go about being good for something, we make differences in the lives of those around us everyday. When we leave someone, they are influenced by our light…it matters. It matters what we do, how we feel, what we share, how we lift, and what remains of us after we are gone. You matter.
Through doubts and growth, through dark times or light times, through the uncomfortable and the easy, you matter. This is the love bomb I’m giving, this is my gift.