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In the words of the immortal Madonna (the singer, not the religious one) – today’s topic was all about expressing yourself. Keeping it real, the words were beautiful, but I really wasn’t in the mood to meditate today. I did it, but I wasn’t at one with the universe. I kept thinking about today’s mantra, Ham – I’m Jewish – is this an unkosher meditation? I didn’t really – I just thought about hooked on phonics because Ham was really Hum. I hope tomorrow’s mantra isn’t Bam because it will be Bum and my inner 3 year old will giggle all the way through this deep experience. I’m just getting silly, but I am going to do the full 21 days or else! Plus, Dr. Oz really believes in meditation. Everyone has an off day – right?
Oprah began by reminding us that we are all here for a unique purpose. We all have a calling (maybe – I’m still trying to figure out what my calling is – hellooooo!!!! Calling are you out there?). She goes on to say that expressing ourselves is why we are here (I thought it was for the Boxing Day sales and chocolate). Apparently, our life is whispering to us – I think I need a good old fashioned scream – and it is up to us to listen to, honour and share what it is that we are trying to express. All lovely thoughts – I think it was all just lost on me today.
Deepak steps in for more inspiration and had some great points as he always does. Deepak-C said that people are afraid of expression but it is a natural part of life. It should be natural to express oneself. If you hold back expressing yourself, you are missing out and your thoughts will be lost. The most interesting thing that he mentioned was to take notice of how you feel when you do not express yourself through compliments, loving words or even criticism (for yourself or others). He rightfully states that your throat tightens – it has happened to me. It’s because the words are stuck there. The solution (other than saying what’s on your mind) is to take a deep breath, relax and tap into the flowing energy of expression. He wants us all to accept and honour ourselves for who we are.
The words are beautiful and the message is simple, yet potent. It’s the hardest thing in the world sometimes to tell someone how you feel or what’s on your mind, but we have all had experiences where by holding something in, we’ve caused ourselves more harm than good. I’m not suggesting verbal diarrhea, but sometimes clearing the air can strengthen, not weaken a bond. Even being honest with yourself, which can be painful, can be a relief. I’ve ended friendships, etc. without a word at times and I’m not proud of this. I have also been honest with people about what has been bothering me and it’s saved relationships. Expressing yourself doesn’t have to just be a confrontation, it can also be something that you find cathartic. For me, it happens to be this blog. I don’t think I’m necessarily the best writer in the world or will get my face splashed on Dr. Oz’s magazine, but I do think that it provides me with a means to explore better health, a supportive audience and the flow of expression that we all need.
Today, we have gorgeous weather and I had an outdoor shoot for a client. I am grateful that the shoot went well, the talent was great, the client was happy, the sun was out and I got to be outside on the nicest day of 2014. I am also grateful to my followers for reading my outlet for expression.