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“Our deepest calling is to grow into our own authentic self-hood, whether or not it conforms to some image of who we ought to be. As we do so, we will not only find the joy that every human being seeks–we will also find our path of authentic service in the world.”
― Parker J. Palmer
This quote comes at a timely moment in my life. A beautiful and dear friend of mine has recently exposed me to Parker Palmer. I am now submerging myself into some of his writings. The discussion we had was about truth and authenticity. She told me Parker talks about our experiments with truth, as Gandhi put it. We are constantly searching, trying, listening and searching for a path, a way of life that works with who we are. We are who we are and anything we can do for ourselves along the lines of self-acceptance or any other form of interior growth toward wholeness and well/being is ultimately being done on behalf of other people. It’s not a selfish act as it’s being treated. It’s work being done on behalf of the common good.
I am in a personal fight on this one. My calling, my desires, my purpose, what I want to do with my life goes against the wishes of the ones closest to me, the ones who raised me, who want what’s best for me. This has been my eternal struggle. Do I still continue on my path even though I am confronted with opposition? I have given up in the past but as I get older I realize that the most important thing in life is to stay true to yourself. To do what YOU think is best.
“And you are far from a monster or a failure or dishonorable. You’re brave and kind and willing to be true to your heart and open with those you care about. And I’m sorry that it’s bringing pain/turmoil now.” are the words of solace my friend provided to me.
I have made a decision to embark on a new journey and I am battling with my adversaries. How do I look at the people who raised me in the face, who brought me to life, thanks to whom I have become everything that I am, how do I tell them to let me go? To let me walk my path. Whatever that is. Whatever that may be. Life is pulling in one direction, I sense a whisper from the Universe encouraging me to follow it.. how can I say no to that?
I am person that is in a constant and everlasting search on this Earth to achieve my higher self and purpose. I’m also human, I might make wrong turns, I might slip up, I too have regrets. But each experience was a learning lesson and I’m grateful for all my lessons.
Travelling is a passion of mine, it’s something I’m sure I share in common with a lot of other folks. It’s something that bring me joy, that terrifies me, that challenges me and makes me feel alive. Every time I have embarked on a new journey, I have always gotten more than I bargained for. Meeting new friends, stumbling upon treasure spots, I’ve had my breathe taken from me, turned my life upside down and I’ve always come out so humbled and grateful from the experience. Every travel is an adventure that will change your life forever. There’s always something that travels with you even long after you’ve left your destination. I call it “Wisdom Acquisition”; something I now know or understand that I didn’t before. I will never stop being a traveler and I certainly won’t apologize for it.
Summer is almost among us, if you get the opportunity, I encourage you take a trip. It doesn’t have to be extravagant, just something to dip your toes outside of your comfort zone.
With the internet, travelling can be easy and even inexpensive. There are sites where you can volunteer or work at a country in exchange for accommodation and meals. There are even a community of people who have opened their home to strangers just to enjoy a little cultural exchange. There are even apps that allow you to track everything.
I’ve said it before, travelling is not difficult. It’s our perception of it that makes it seem harder than it looks. Money or commitments are usually the issue but once you set your mind to it, just pack a bag and go! No regrets. That’s what I do 🙂
It’s Music Monday again! Today I’d like to share a special song with you. Krewella is a band consisting of two sisters Jahan & Yasmine. They usually play electro house and dubstep but this year on the mainstage of Ultra Music Festival, they debuted a ballad.
‘Human’ was a song written for their Krew (fans). On stage, they stated:
“We wrote this song for our fans. When they’re feeling misunderstood and lonely, when they’re feeling pain, shame, unwelcome because of their race, unaccepted because they’re gay, when they’re dealing with addiction, depression, with all that stress, struggle; the feeling of failure is what makes us stronger.”
This is a reminder of what it means to be Human.
As humans, we are not perfect. On the contrary, that was never the intention.
Hindus believe in reincarnation and that each life is a set of lessons or new experiences that we must go through in order to achieve our highest state of being, in order to become a soul that God dwells within. The trees, the plans, even the ants around us are all souls that are living out their earthly experience until they go on to the next. As humans, we must have reincarnated several times before and accumulated some good karma.
To be a human is a gift.
We are capable of so much. Of love, compassion and gratitude. We are also capable of pain, suffering and despair. Ultimately, it is our choice how we choose to live.
Not everyone is perfect, no one is without pain or guilt or fear, but we each make a choice of how we move on with our life. That is why I’d like to remind you how important it is to be empathetic of others.
Think about the people around you. Your family, your co-workers, the delivery guy, your doctor, your electrician. Now remember the strangers. The cashier at the grocery store, The Customer Service Rep that you spoke to yesterday. Every one of them is living out a life of their own with trials and struggles which you may know nothing about.
What you can do for them is to be kind. I remember a barista at a coffee shop once lashed out at me. I asked him if they had honey instead of sugar and that was all it took to trigger his inner demons. As a barista, he dealt with the situation horrible but as a human, he was doing the best he could and that’s what we need to understand. Underneath it all, we are all human. There is no difference.
If you are struggling with something, then I have a simple word of advice: Be Kind to Yourself. As kind as you would be to others. Forgive and be graceful. No one deserves your love more than you. Be gentle and don’t be afraid to ask for help. You will be surprised at how many people are out there that want to help you. I know I do.
Caged bird, take flight. Never lose your will to fight.
I am elated.
I am proud.
I am grateful.
Today, on Music Monday (yes, I just made that up) I’d like to share with you a local band from my beautiful island of Barbados. A treasure find is more like it.
“Hungry Soul is a new band but lead singer Dennica Pearl has been creating music for some time now. The 22 year old, singer-soul writer, born in St. Michael, Barbados and raised in Florida. Acoustic, soul, jazz artist influenced mainly by Billie Holiday, Tracy Chapman, and Erykah Badu. Her belief that musicians are agents of change with the responsibility to lift the social level of consciousness are reflected in her lyrics.”
I am proud to call the members of this band my friends & beautiful souls. The Universe brought them to me and now I am sharing their gift with you. I hope this song brings you love, joy and peace today 🙂
I love this song, maybe because I feel like the bird in it. Living in a prison that I created for myself. I remember reading Maya Angelou‘s poem for the first time and thinking since when was freedom something we had to fight for? Nevertheless, it is. Until this day, there are people fighting to keep us ‘free’.
There’s liberation in these lights.
Music frees the masses,
come unwind your mind.
We live in a world
full of mass confusion;
unmask your psyche,
control is an illusion.
We all have a version of a ‘cage’ in our life. Whether it’s regret, fear, or sorrow holding us back. Whether it’s your job, bank account or city. I’ve never met anyone that hasn’t felt trapped. But we are not. There are no chains tying us to the ground. We were born to fly. If you believe this, you will be able to soar across the highest of peaks. Believe. Believe in yourself, your strengths, your capabilities.
Believe that you deserve to live your dreams. And live them.
It’s not as complicated as you make it out to be 🙂
I’d also like to remind you: There is inspiration everywhere.
Take a walk around your neighborhood, explore your hometown, find a local group or band or class or person that is attuned to your frequency. Really notice your surroundings. You might be amazed and what you find. A mutual friend introduced me to this amazing band and when I met the lead singer, she can attest that I told her I loved her on the first day of meeting her. She had such a pure, generous and radiant energy. In her, I found another soul sister. Thank you, Universe. So get out there, put your best foot forward and allow what’s meant for you to come your way.