Fully Alive

Your joy is your sorrow unmasked.
And the selfsame well from which your laughter rises was oftentimes filled with your tears.
And how else can it be?
The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.
— Kahlil Gibran

Since my retreat at Kripalu last weekend, I have been thinking about the concept of being fully alive.  There may be times when social conditions might cause you to postpone feeling a legitimate emotion, such as grief or anger, but if these are suppressed, the resulting numbing can prevent one from being awake and alive in the moment. To have a life of joy, it is essential to fully feel the full range of human emotions.  If not in the moment, shortly after.  Choosing joy is choosing to be open to the full spectrum of human experience.

Consider taking some time each day to breath and peel away yet another bit of armor that you might have built up during a time you were unwilling or unable to fully feel.

 

Copyright 2017 Nancy C Murray