Keep Moving In The Direction Of Peace

What are you being called to Let Go of? What are you holding on to? Does it feel Peaceful? Will it bring Joy? Everyday is a chance to choose With Love.

Recently, I’m learning that Letting Go doesn’t have to be hard, painful or difficult.

When the decision to Let Go is made from a place of Love, what you’re left with in the end, is Love.

Sadness will still be there, and it’s a healthy sign. But beneath the rippling waves of change, all is well with your soul when it is anchored deeply and securely in Love, Joy and Peace.

As I’m writing this now, a familiar ache is making its presence felt. What is different about this, is the gentleness behind that aching. It’s not a monster of a pain. It’s not a bitter kind of sad. There’s a quietness to it that feels peaceful.

Loving Reminders for Today:

a: Keep moving in the direction of Peace

b. “Stay conscious of who you travel with on this journey. See who you’re attracted to and notice who is attracted to you. See how much better you feel when you surround yourself with the energy of love.” – Melody Beattie, Journey to the Heart: Daily Meditations on the Path to Freeing Your Soul

Love, Mish

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“The Growth of one blesses all. I am committed to grow in Love.” – Julia Cameron

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“Love Is Like Mining For Diamonds: It Takes Work.” – Paul Mauchline

“In a new relationship, you are meeting another person’s persona: the person that they most want you to see.

As you get to know the person better, new layers of each of you emerge for one another to see.

As the level of trust in the relationship grows, you both will expose deeper and deeper layers to one another.

The deepest layers of each of us are formed at a very young age, in response to childhood experiences.

If your expectation is that relationships do not take work, then you probably are in for a major disappointment when the deeper parts of your partner’s personality emerge.

Temptation may come to leave and find a new, “better” partner.

You will find, however, that we are all the same: we all have deeper layers that hide under our socially acceptable personas.

If you are unwilling to explore the deeper layers of your partner, or to reveal your own deeper layers, your relationships will remain superficial and unfulfilling.

You will feel that something is missing… that your relationships are never intimate… that your partners never understand you… that you cannot understand your partners.

You will be wondering why love seems to elude you. You will turn from person to person, looking for the “right” person, but never find him or her.

You will never discover the real person that lies behind the mask of the persona in your current partner.

You will never create the loving relationship you desire, unless you are willing to put forth the effort to discover who your partner actually is, and to reveal your true self to your partner…

…You know that you are working at your relationship when you want to run away in frustration, but you stay and talk with your partner–not just once, but repeatedly.

Intimacy grows from the commitment and work that you put into your relationship.

Of course, this is not to say that everyone is compatible with everyone else. However, once you have found a partner who meets certain parameters and seems compatible, the balance is 100% pure W-O-R-K.

A nice anology for this process is that of mining for diamonds. On the surface, you can see certain signs that tell you that diamonds may be down there, somewhere below the surface. You decide to dig, and you invest all your time into digging. It is messy work. You feel like giving up, but all the signs on the surface insure you that there will be diamonds down there, somewhere.

So you keep digging.

Eventually, after a lot of time and a lot of effort, you find rough gemstones deep below the ground. How amazing that such beauty could be so far under the surface of the earth, under so much dirt. You are very glad that you persevered, instead of giving up in your search.

Relationships are exactly like this. Put the work into a relationship with the right person, and you will reap the love and intimacy benefits…

Extinguish your fears. Have your priorities in order. Love one another to the highest degree. Keep digging till you find the diamonds within your partner, and your partner finds the diamonds within you. Have fun with one another, and enjoy a journey of passionate, committed, rising love together.” – Paul Mauchline

*Note: These are selected portions of an article “Love is like mining for diamonds: It takes work” by Paul Mauchline. All credit goes to him.

Love,

Mish.

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“Fear less, hope more; Eat less, chew more; Whine less, breathe more; Talk less, say more; Love more, and all good things will be yours.”- Swedish Proverb

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1 Year Anniversary To The Death Of “Me”

AK’s “Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart” is on repeat.

I haven’t been listening to it for some time now. But its haunting melody was singing in my head in the first few minutes running up to midnight:

The 1 Year Anniversary To The Death Of “Me”.

Last year this date, at exactly 3am, 3 hours before boarding the flight to Chiang Mai, I found out it’s the end of the road for the both of us (ex-bf & I). It doesn’t matter now, how I found out about it or why it happened. It has served its purpose. And I’ve gained by learning an invaluable lesson.

That time of bitter pain? Turned out to be the sweetest gift.

A gift of Growth, Courage, Wisdom, Healing, Forgiveness, Faith and LOVE.

I didn’t realise this immediately of course. On the first page of my book (this may change), I was free falling to the death of “me” as I knew it…

“The window and the view beyond was my chance to disappear, into clouds and nothingness. Surely anything was better than this crushing weight of despair. My mind is spinning in a hurricane of questions howling for answers, but there was none to be found.

I am strapped in, 15,000 feet up in the air, flying further and further away from life as I knew it, to who knows what?

Everything was a blur now, including that cab ride from the airport to the monastery. 

My first time in Chiang Mai, but I was only aware of one thing—a monster of a pain that had me wondering how am I still alive? 

When mom announced we’ve arrived—true to my morbid state of mind—I looked up and saw a funeral parlour.”

It was my first time to a Silent Retreat and my first time meeting the Spiritual Directors, Rinda and Simon. After settling in and a brief getting to know you session, Rinda took us through the scriptures, to explore the importance of finding our True Identity and our motives for being there.

During this time, my attention was drifting in and out.

The pain, like a thousand jagged knives, was cutting me up.

So my eyes ran further than the scripture she had pointed out, to John 12: 23-25. Jesus replied, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But it if it dies, it produces many seeds.”

My heart, skipped, a beat.

Here I am, totally ready to die and be gone, and He is telling me, it’s the time for God to be glorified and that my moment of crashing and ‘dying’ is necessary for my future growth. I felt like He was talking right to me!

“Death” had to happen. The “old me” wasn’t serving me anymore. It’s time for my first-class UPGRADE. And that involves a lot of GROWING UP and Growing Pains. So the “new me”–which is the real me–can come Alive.

As I marvelled at this insight, Rinda concluded the session with, “Our stories will never be our own stories, it interweaves with others.

Our weakness will be somebody’s strength, our pain someone’s healing. Be reformed inside, then you can transform others!”

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I just thought of sharing my heart out with you today, because it’s nice to know you’re never alone–whatever it may be, you are going through.

I shall leave you with 3 Love notes:

Romans 12:12 “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”

2 Corinthians 12:9 “My Grace is sufficient for you, for My Power is made Perfect In Weakness.”

And a sweet message from Mom, to me (and now to you): “Let go, sweetheart. For until you do, the good will always be the enemy of the best. Unless you release the ‘good’, the best cannot come.

Let your hands be open towards Him…

…and let Him place His gift into those open hands.”

Love,

Mish.

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“Fear less, hope more; Eat less, chew more; Whine less, breathe more; Talk less, say more; Love more, and all good things will be yours.”- Swedish Proverb

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