Sometimes the scariest action of all is choosing the light

Comfort is like an addiction, pulsed into the veins. The tribal efforts tethered to society for gain. We speak of gain as all-knowing and forever fighting, as if there’s an honor badge at hammering life with every nail. Would you believe in yourself enough to walk away from all that you know, appearing over the ledge? Your mind says the waves are trickery, the heart says jump. You’ll have to navigate the incongruent themes between the heart and the mind. Remember this: the mind will tire first, ahead of the body, ahead of your heart. It is the mind that is tired.

The body becomes tasked to freeze or take flight, would you be willing to jump at the leap of faith? Security is the chain that links you to staying the same. You’ll have to step to the edge, eyes closed or wide, at times clear, most often not. You’ll stand at the edge of the unknown, with heart-pounds and belly pits. Maybe your voice halts or breath becomes gasped exposing the lump of your truth; you know exactly what to do. Letting go of all that you know. You must be willing to take a key to the handcuffs at your back; recognizing you’ll only be a prisoner to the stories you repeat, the patterns you continue to stitch. Your body will talk to you in ways, by seduction of truth, it will resonate in your bones. Continuing to ignore your intuition will sacrifice your life; you’ll continue to repeat the same wounds with different faces.

This is why traveling into the unknown is vital. To take a stand for your Self, the one that no longer clings to the past. Truth isn’t easy, it is painful and gutting; sharing it is not enough. You must act on your life, only you can heal yourself. Pain is a beautiful motivator to change your life. Sometimes the scariest action of all is choosing the light.

stephanie birch

I love you anyway, I forgive you anyway.

The only power we hold is within ourselves. Notice when you feel something arise in you because of another. Notice the words that formulate your thoughts. Notice when you begin to say those words out loud. And then notice if you are representing love in the purest form. The moment we begin judging someone else for his or her actions, is the very moment we need to check-in with ourselves. We have to recognize that we are human and it’s okay to think and feel certain ways - even the ugliest of thoughts because that is our spirit reminding us to check in. It is not about the other person, but about the Self. To create titles or opinions about others through thoughts of jealousy, cruel intentions, littleness, undeserving attitudes is only showing where we need to fulfill ourselves. Where we are leaking energy. Where we need to re-connect.
I personally have come across such actions and opinions of the very people whom I called friends, sisters, family and many from strangers, teachers, and people who seem to think that it is perfectly fine to toss hateful and untrue words. It is not okay and - and - and yet — I love you anyway. I do. Because. Because I understand how powerful forgiveness is because I forgive myself every damn day. My self worth does not come from any place other than my own heart. My soul speaks to me through love and it also speaks to me through times where it is difficult for me to show love. And every time I step into love, especially when it seems most undeserving or difficult, it wins. I can walk away clear-headed knowing I’ve sent someone peace, knowing I’ve sent them endless love, and forgiveness.
And this is where you and I meet, in a beautiful, vast field that we call freedom. Your power does not come in loads you dish out of smallness or pettiness. Your power comes from how much you love. Love hard, but take no shit. 
Say what you feel, re-connect with yourself, and let it go. I do not want to highlight the people that try to hurt me, but I do want to highlight to tell them I love them anyway. 

stephynow