Don’t get swept away admiring other people’s journey that you forget the beauty of your own. Witness the poetry of your life. Create intentionally and thoughtfully.
I am a very soft woman. I am at my best when I am soft. I am at my best when I talk softly and move slowly. There is elegance in being patient with myself, speaking methodically and demanding that my world slow down when I am processing. It brings me to tears the fact that we rush people to keep up with the imaginary rat race of life: It’s a choice, right? I have the choice to engage with life this way and disengage when it is betraying my heart. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ There is meaning in between the lines that I/we can only grasp by slowing down. There is an entire world only accessible through grace. I am no longer concerned with beating my heart into submission. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I honor my flow, and I hope you take the time to recognize your flow: How do you want to move about in the world? What pace is the perfect current for your process? Can you train yourself to be tender? Feel free to share your flow, or how you’re learning to be soft. 📸: @sistersofyoga
I've been so critical of myself lately that I've forgotten to look up and realize how beautiful I am. Take time today to recognize just how beautiful you are.
My mentor shared, “If you’re not feeling good [decent/stable] on a regular basis. You’re probably alone a lot.” It made me think of the hardest times of my life and looking back they were all moments in which I isolated myself from my family and friends. I didn’t VALUE being supported or comforted by others, and it made my process much more difficult than it needed to be. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It’s important to value community, since we are social beings that can only make sense of things together. We are mirrors for each other, and if we follow that truth, staring in the mirror at yourself quite frankly won’t take you that far, since who is going to challenge you and help you weave the pieces together in a NEW way. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Community has been essential for me lately, and I just wanted to send a love note into the air that you are not alone. Our stories may be different, but our felt experience is similar. I don’t know you, but I feel you.
2019 energy. All that is for me is already mine. Sinking into the deepest level of trust with my gifts and connection with the universe. There is no need to fight or be in any state of desperation. I am calling in what’s meant for my journey and my journey alone. As I do the work for my soul’s evolution and the evolution of others. // How can you step further into your power next year?
Sometimes you have to find your way back home to your own love no matter how difficult the road may seem.
The happiness that I am talking about is that deep sense of well-being, comfort - not materialistic comfort but that deep sense of being at home with who and what you are... It's dependent on being fundamentally OK with who you are - no matter if you are experiencing tragedy, illness, death - you're always at home with that. And when I'm at home, there's a sense of spaciousness. So I can be happy at the same time I can be going through rage and anger and despair. - Lama Rod Owens for Radical Dharma. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ Learning how to befriend my pain has been the most valuable lesson this year. We tend to avoid and mask what is actually occurring - the beautiful and painful stuff - and exist on autopilot, resisting the inner work or daydreaming about the next goal ahead. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ As we learn to befriend our pain, we are learning how to befriend our full selves and redefine happiness as being fundamentally OK. Happiness is attainable once we stop rejecting what's happening and begin mindfully opening our hearts and shifting our perspective gracefully. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Are you fundamentally OK right now? Can you be ok with just being O.K.? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Photographer Alexandra Ofori-Atta, @zzsophistafunk, for Black Girl In Om, @blackgirlinom.
Ten random facts about me I want to share: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 1) I was born and raised in New Orleans, LA. I left New Orleans at 16 due to Hurricane Katrina. I still long for and crave the soul of that city, but know my mission right now is in NYC. 2) I have been with my spiritual partner for four years. He is a yogi with a massive heart. 3) My mother is Puerto Rican and my father is African American. 4) I am very proud of my two brothers in New Orleans. One is an ex.felon working to transform his life and the other is a proud family man that is a truck driver. 5) I have a goofy, awkward sense of humor. I love when people make fun of me. Probably because I have a lot of Leo in my birth chart (moon, venus and mars) with a Cancer sun. 🔥 6) I work from home, and I sometimes worry about becoming antisocial, since I am actually a social butterfly ready to fly lol. 7) I was a high school special educator for five years that co-taught English classes. Teaching brought me profound joy, and I consider the work I do now to be a form of teaching. 8) I studied philosophy at Bryn Mawr College. 9) I still deal with imposter syndrome, and I know when that energy arises there are parts of me craving compassion. 10) I started sharing my spiritual insights on Twitter to document my spiritual development. It became a thing, so now it's a thing on Instagram to help people strive for spiritual liberation and embrace a higher state of being. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Thank you for reading. If you feel called to, I'd love if you shared some random facts about yourself so I can get to know you more. 🌹⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Photographer Alexandra Ofori-Atta, @zzsophistafunk, for Black Girl In Om, @blackgirlinom.
This year I’ve been taking off the familiar blanket of not belonging and fitting in. Since I was a kid in elementary school, I would observe the dynamics of others, but never allow myself to identify with and open my heart to any particular group of people. I was always the observer with a closed heart wondering why I never felt like I belonged anywhere. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I branded myself as an outsider and even found deep comfort sometimes in being the one sticking out from the crowd. This year, it proved to be detrimental to my health on all levels. Instead of opening my heart and asking someone to hold me during difficult times, I isolated myself and forced myself to wrestle with internal demons that I didn’t have to wrestle with alone. The more I rejected others I noticed that I was resisting opening my heart. I ignored my heart. I ignored my spirit and let my mind take me for a ride through irrational fears and paranoia. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Thankfully, my heart broke open. I was forced to recognize that I do belong. I fit in with the millions of human beings learning how to love their self for the first time. I fit in with the truth seekers. I fit in with the questioners and those that want to have deep conversations, because really those are the only conversations that matter lol. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Taking off this blanket was uncomfortable at first, but it more so was a homecoming. I have come home to the love of an open heart. I have come home to feeling nourished by loving community spaces and resting my (ir)rational mind in my compassionate heart. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Instead of thinking about how you’re “unqualified,” “don’t belong,” or “not good enough for someone or something,” I want to encourage you to be more compassionate towards yourself and others. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Can you open your heart more right now? Can you let your ego die from the love of your open heart? It’s safe to break your heart open and take off the armor. 💔 Photographer Alexandra Ofori-Atta, @zzsophistafunk, for my favorite platform Black Girl In Om, @blackgirlinom.