I freaking love this picture from a Blue Ridge Rollergirls roller derby bout this summer. The facial expressions on the fans perfectly capture what it feels like when you take a life wipeout in the public eye. At times during this Death/Rebirth year, I have experienced similar expressions on the people in my life. Sure, this year has been rough, but as it is winding down I am starting to realize – it’s the end of the world as I know it, and I feel fine.
Feeling overwhelmed by all the loss in 2012 has recently transformed into gratitude for the opportunity to let go and release. I make it my intention every moment to let go and release all of the stories I have made up in my head about why I am unloveable. These stories rob me of my power and become obstacles to doing the work I want to do in the world. This reclaiming beauty process involves tremendous inner vigilance to let go of that which no longer serves us.
I practice awareness of Death/Rebirth in my yoga class; every Savasana, Sanskrit word for corpse pose, an opportunity to let go – every breath an opportunity to let go through the exhale, than welcome rebirth through the inhale.
I am ready for the Rebirth part of this Death/Rebirth year… and what a perfect time to set that intention as the feared end of days: December 21, 2012… Of course this “end of days” refers to a shift in consciousness – and as for me I say, “Bring it on!” Get me out of my old consciousness – it is making me insane.
In the space before the Rebirth, preparing for my personal shift in consciousness, it is my intention to practice trusting the process of life. I made a request to friends for resources to help with this practice. I am sharing them with you here in case trusting the process of life is also part of the shift in consciousness you are seeking. (Trusting the process of life book club, anyone?)
Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
Expecting Adam: a True Story of Birth, Rebirth and Everyday Magic by Martha Beck
Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life: How to Finally, Really Grow Up by James Hollis
Matthew 6: 25-34
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living by His Holiness the Dalai Lama
The Dark Side of the Light Chasers by Debbie Ford
The Gospel according to Matthew
The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
The Tao of Inner Peace by Diane Dreher
The Tao Te Ching of Lao Tzu
This Is Not the Story You Think It Is: A Season of Unlikely Happiness by Laura Munson
Until Today by Iyanla Vanzant
When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chodron
Now it’s your turn. In the comments below, please share:
+ One belief you are ready to sacrifice to the end of days and
+ One resource that helps you trust the process of life
I will benefit greatly from your comments on this one. It is so helpful to not feel alone in the breaking down.
Love you all,
Click here for some fun information on the End of the World, 12-21-12, from Build Altars.
And I know this song is in your head now, too…