“Vulnerability is the only authentic state. Being vulnerable means being open, for wounding, but also for pleasure. Being open to the wounds of life means also being open to the bounty and beauty. Don’t mask or deny your vulnerability: it is your greatest asset. Be vulnerable: quake and shake in your boots with it. The new goodness that is coming to you, in the form of people, situations, and things can only come to you when you are vulnerable, i.e. open.”
~ Stephen Russell
Consider LIVING OPEN as your best choice.
That is…if you desire to continue Raising Your State.
I remember a time when, pretty much daily, I was not a happy camper. My mind was never satisfied. HA! HA! This is a funny joke. The mind can never truly be satisfied. It can only do what it does…worry, sort, expect, plan, gather information and attach to what makes it comfortable for a time. Living in the mind, believing our mind and thinking we are the mind becomes a familiar state. Don’t get me wrong here, we do need our mind!
From those early days when I was so identified with my mind to now, I’ve gained awareness. I’ve discovered that unwinding the mind patterns that shackle the heart is THE way out of unhappiness. There is freedom here–deep juicy contentment that no one or circumstance can take away from me. It’s a real, authentic, free state that is beyond happy–one that is rich with flow and ease.
This state I describe is LIVING OPEN.
What I’ve discovered is that when we live in this open state our relationships improve, we are able to experience ourselves as the source of love, gratitude is a constant pulsing in our heart and we feel awake. We give up going against ourselves and let go of people who go against us.
LIVING OPEN is being open to all of life; its wholeness and our wholeness. Not burying our heads in the sand, not denying the feelings that pass through us, not guarding our heart from raw honesty and intimacy. The beauty, the pain, the gentle and the harsh, the peace and the chaos are all inclusive. Living open allows us see new possibilities and ideas, and besides our open state bathes us in peaceful energy.
HOW OPEN ARE YOU?
HOW OPEN DO YOU WANT TO BE?
Here are 5 Ways that people who LIVE OPEN meet life:
They are comfortable with the unknown.
Embracing the uncertainty of life replaces worry. Fixating on needing to know all the details of an upcoming event or being overly focused on the ‘what if’s’ of the future is replaced by a deeper trust that life is coming and they will meet it with the best of themselves. Unlike inflexible or closed people, they are able to let go and go with the flow and not fly into anger and stress when plans change or they don’t get what they want.
They can admit when they’re wrong.
Forgiving themselves and others is an easy ‘go to’ place for them. They choose harmony and health in relationships over being in control and ‘right’. Being open to new, ever-changing ideas is natural as they easily shift and change. They’ve given up the right/wrong game that the mind of control chooses to play.
They trust the expression of their feelings. (And other people’s feelings.)
Authentic and spontaneous expression arises from their ability to embrace the feelings that move through them. Keeping feelings bottled up is for people who want to uphold their image and stay in control. When people wrap a tight mind around their feelings, they often spew their expression out side-ways in passive-aggressive or volatile ways.
They are powerful without dominating.
Listening and being respectful and compassionate with others is their strength. They value who they are and don’t compare themselves to others. Inserting their loud opinions, being arrogant, intimidating, or bullying isn’t even a consideration.
They have mastered their ability to change their state at will.
Meeting the stresses of life with ease is their skill. They’ve mastered the power of the Pause. They’ve recognized that stopping to breathe allows stress, anxiety and anger to pass through them so they can respond to life from their integrity. Reactionary drama is not part of their reality.
If you choose to Raise Your State ~ LIVE OPEN!
If you want harmony in your relationships, hang out with people who LIVE OPEN too!
I hope you’ll stay open to all the blessings you’re given during the holidays—YEP all of them!
Whether they come wrapped in golden foil and a pretty bow or you find a lump of coal in a brown box,
Pause and be grateful for the opportunity to STAY OPEN!