Great find this weekend at the Women’s Empowerment Expo. Love this line of apparel and hats from @soul.grateful. Sometimes we are so busy running our lives ragged, it’s hard to stay grateful for what you have and yet our reminders are there everyday in the chaos to slow down and appreciate what you have as others are struggling. My heart has not stopped beating one second without thinking of my California friends, some who have yet to even be able to return to their homes to see if they are still standing. Please continue to hold space for their safety and send them love because I can promise you our thoughts are interconnected and your good thoughts do help more than you know (unless you read my books, then you do already know!) #soulgrateful .
I saw this and thought this is so me right now! I no longer wish to hold on to anything or anyone that doesn’t support the life I am trying to create for myself. Leveling up in so many ways & being unapologetic for it. Love me or leave me....I’m still blessed. 🙏🏼✨
Stop questioning it! Know that you deserve all the love, all the friends, all the family, all the abundance you get! The more you positively embrace it, the more will come ❤️🙏✨ via @thirdeyethoughts ✨✨✨ FOLLOW: @peacelovevibes 💕 #peacelovevibes
The ability to be firm, to clearly communicate and maintain our healthy non-negotiables, is what makes having meaningful and healthy relationships with ourselves and others even possible.
Sometimes, in an effort to be viewed as a "nice person", we allow people or situations to ultimately undermine the health of our internal state. We give in, remain quiet or let things slide when we shouldn't.
Yes, it is undeniably true that for us to be able to navigate our experiences consciously and healthily, we must have the ability to be flexible and to compromise. However, there are certain things, like our own internal peace or physical safety, that we should never offer up in compromise. We'd be much better served by openly and honestly addressing the situation, at a minimum, or compassionately leaving the situation altogether.
The term "healthy boundaries" is used frequently when discussing such topics. Yet, in a way, this idea can unintentionally lead people down egotistical paths that ultimately result in more separation between people rather than bringing them into greater communion with each other. It harkens to being on the defensive in the context of our relationships, to potentially being aggressive with other people, and can allow us to confuse being firm with being mean.
If anything, we can only engage with each other in healthy and meaningful ways when we are open and vulnerable, not closed off and protectionist. This is why contextualizing our fundamental relationship ingredients as "non-negotiables" is much more self-aware, much more cooperative and much more productive.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with being firm and, in fact, it is an essential characteristic of a person living a conscious and intentional life. It is indicative of a person with a deep level of self-awareness, healthy degree self-worth and a heightened maturity.
A person who understands that being firm has nothing to do with being mean is person who not only has a meaningful and healthy relationship with themselves, but has the capacity to have meaningful and healthy relationships with others.
Great read for all of my nature lovers and healers. "Nature is still there [...] It may be painted over, constructed over, polluted, or even obscured by Western modernization or thinking, but nature is still here." Open your ears and eyes, not in the Western way either.......breathe it in, take it in, and listen.#naturelovers#Read#bobbylakethom