I saw & so I loved

I saw his struggle  & so I loved my resistance.

I saw his tenderness & so I loved my compassion.

I saw her bitterness & so I loved my anger.

I saw her sparkle & so I loved my brilliance.

I saw his strength & so I loved my fortitude.

I saw her resilience & so I loved my struggles.

I saw myself in each person I met today & I loved myself more for it in a new way.

Please join me in this journey of love and acceptance. Each person we meet is our mirror, reflecting back to us a part of ourselves that deserves love and recognition: the dark and the light. Each little and big bit! 

Happy holidays! 

Namaste 

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  1. I like the way you balance the dark and light aspects of life. Reminds me of sayings that go something like…”The more the light side is focused on, the bigger the shadow gets” and “We must put eyes on the darkness so that it can see.”

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    1. Thank you, Tom! It seems that balance finds me most of the time. A little bit ago I started reading the book, “Owning Your Own Shadow” by Robert A Johnson. Since then I’ve embraced balance even more. You might enjoy it, if you have time to read it. Tho it’s a relatively short book, it can lead to much self-reflection. I had a series of posts about it this past month or so.
      Do you remember where you heard the quotes you’ve posted above? Very poignant.

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      1. Thanks for the recommendation.

        I think what I was trying to say, was that…if I go through life never acknowledging my shadow side, then it will consume me. Once I become conscious of it, it no longer possesses me. lol I don’t think that sounds so wretched.

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      2. Tom, becoming conscious of your own shadow is one of the greatest gifts you can give to yourself and humanity. For when we don’t accept who we are, we project it onto others. So I feel it incredibly honorable that you are giving this gift to yourself.
        One of the interesting points of the book I mentioned is that we even cast the greatest aspects of ourselves into our shadows. Carl Jung said that it’s easier to get someone’s skeletons of the closet than it is to get the gold out of the shadow. Imagine how different the world would be if we didn’t fear our very greatness?!
        Happy holidays!

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  2. Dark and light is within us. It reminds me of the parable that I copied and pasted below

    A grandfather is talking with his grandson and he says there are two wolves inside of us which are always at war with each other.

    One of them is a good wolf which represents things like kindness, bravery and love. The other is a bad wolf, which represents things like greed, hatred and fear.

    The grandson stops and thinks about it for a second then he looks up at his grandfather and says, “Grandfather, which one wins?”

    The grandfather quietly replies, the one you feed

    You have such intuitive characteristics to recognize who you are and to recognize it in others as well and so right that when people irritate us we have that behavior that we subconsciously dislike. Om in those instance it is a gift to bring this about to make us look at ourselves. Sometime the mirror work is that you don’t want to look at that reflection some days. However enlightened people like yourself do look into the mirror and love every little bit. Most admirable.

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    1. Joseph, yes, I absolutely love this parable! I will say that sometimes I feel that suppressing the shadow gives it more power, too. Learning to love all aspects can be scary at times. Even the best parts, for who am I to be brilliant? This is one of my favorite quotes by Marianne Williamson from “A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of ‘A Course in Miracles'”
      “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

      Namaste & Happy Holidays!

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      1. Happy Holidays to you to Tiffany. Wish you all the best and yes let that light shine in all of us. I am so guilty of not letting my light shine and at times I get put down for it. I am just going to let that light shine from now on. Thank you for the gift and I recognize the light in you as well.

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      2. Joseph, you are a beautiful soul and I’m grateful to know you. Your resilience and ability to transcend your pain has inspired me. I could have chosen to sulk around the house today and instead, I’ve chosen to do activities that honor me while my children spend most of the day with their father. I will pick them up in a few hours. In the meantime, I’ve enjoyed so many things 🙂 gifts of love to myself. Thank you for inspiring me to rise above my perceived suffering. Much love to you on this holy day! ❤☀🎄 Tiffany

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