I have always enjoyed V-day ever since I was a little girl. Tomorrow is my birthday so these two days are extra enjoyable for me. This time of year I am usually at my wits end with winter. While I have learned to view winter differently the past few years, by this point I'm dying for sunshine and warm breezes. My birthday and Valentine's day are a nice distraction.
It is fascinating to me what V-day brings up for some people. It's kind of like brussel sprouts, you either love it or hate it. I understand the tendency for some to view it as a capitalistic, commercialized excuse for a holiday (what isn't these days?,) and can be a painful reminder for some who are single and wish not to be.
It's like everything else in life. You get out of it what you put into it. You have the power to make it a miserable day or an opportunity to bask in love. I don't believe you must be romantically involved with someone to partake. It is a day to celebrate loved ones and yourself. After all, the relationship you have with yourself is the most important relationship in your life. Take today to pamper yourself. This doesn't have to cost money but it can if you wish. Meditate, practice yoga, take a bubble bath, have an artist date, watch a indulgent movie, call your grandmother, your best friend, your dad, or all three. Today is the ultimate day to partake in Radical Self Love. I hope you have a magical day...it's all up to you.
Much has happened in the 30+ days since I last posted. I lost a loved one in an unthinkable tragedy. What's more is that my beloved lost even more than I dare to say in said tragedy. I picked up SARK's book Glad No Matter What immediately. Books are where I turn in times of turmoil, uncertainty, fear, and almost ANY time I don't know what the f*** to do.
One thing has become crystal clear in the last month or so. It is that I am going to commit to this blogging idea. I have long been a person that trusts and follows my "gut" instincts. I went to Ecuador for 3+ months leaving everything behind including my beloved, my "child" (dog, Molly) an apartment, job, etc., simply because I just knew it was right for me at the time. (I was right.) Several years later, I invested a significant amount of $ on attending a 9 month Yoga Teacher Training program (here in my home town) based solely on the prospect that I felt it was my next step. Now I am getting the same strong messages about my next endeavor which is to commit myself to this blog. The feeling, impulse, whatever you want to call it is all too familiar. I have to do my part. That means showing up. I don't have to make any promises that it will be monumental (though I don't doubt it will in one way or the other), I just have to visit this place and spill what I am called to share. This causes me to recall something that the great Elizabeth Gilbert graced humanity with at a TED conference. I do not pretend to come close to possessing the talent that Liz does, I merely resonate with her message. http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/elizabeth_gilbert_on_genius.html
That's all for now. MUCH more to follow. I can't wait. Or as Louise Hay would prefer me to say, I am very much looking forward to it.