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Do I believe that everything I do for myself is a burden?
It makes sense if I do.
I grew up feeling like I was troublesome. My needs were troublesome. Pretty much everything about me was troublesome.
Even feeding me was troublesome.
So imagine now I just thought about stopping to get my glasses fixed tomorrow at school. And it occurred to me that it feels so troublesome.
I think I feel that about most things about me. Most of the time.
I want to feel like everything about me is a pleasure.
…which means I love myself.
I respect myself.
– I work with my needs and my wants
– I acknowledge my efforts and investments.
– I recognize my emotional attachments.
– I am interested in my feelings… and I value and acknowledge them.
My entire life I tried to prove that I was not something burdensome, that I was not what they feared, that I was not what they imagined.
While the whole time I really wasn’t any of those things…
How do I live now, live with the understanding that I am not
– someones burden
– someones mistake
– someones risk
– someone who wants more than is available for them
I just go for it.
And distinguish who I feel I am from who others think I am.
I have two strong sides to me now.
– the newer learned and more authentic me
– the quiet invisible me that experiences relationships in fear and in destructive ways.
Going forward…I am going to:
– stop relationships where I feel like I slip into accommodating
– do things that I enjoy and find reasons to love myself.
He talked like I was an obstacle to his success.
I took that on.
without noticing the pattern.
I tried to not be an obstacle to his success.
I tried to prove that I wasn’t.
Then I realized what he had been saying.
And then realized that I am not the or any obstacle to his success.
But that is what kept me there.
Like with my mother.
It’s a lie that getting deeper is too much.
It feels like it.
But it’s only a momentary obstacle. The best hologram test of intimidation to find out how good you want to feel. How much you want to feel good. And what you are willing to do for yourself. How much you are willing to dive in.
The bliss comes.
It’s on the other side. All that you have longed for is there. Because you have longed for it.
I do this thing…over and over.
This morning, walking through the park, I was noticing again, how I “hate” the shape of my upper back and neck. It feels like a continuous (Groundhog Day) loop. I don’t know how to stop it. I feel it. I see it in my mind. I cringe when I see myself. I look at myself with…hopelessness. Without an answer. Without being able to find kind response, without comforting gestures, without questions, without nurturing. Yet I do that for others…
And then I tried at least one more time to stay with that feeling and I noticed… I don’t give my self a break. I am just angry at myself for being whatever I am that let’s me walk like that, stand like that…
I am angry at myself for being a girl who would crumble under intimidation. A girl who…ducks and stays low instead of taking the offensive. I believe I am a casualty.
Yeah, that’s the problem. I don’t know what my reaction was supposed to be. Or is supposed to be.
I didn’t want to be there.
I didn’t put myself there.
I didn’t ask for it.
And now? What do I do now.
Can I answer that question?
I don’t want to be somewhere that is not perfect for me.
I don’t want to be somewhere because it is convenient for someone else.
Fight for my work my fun my life.
My fulfillment is natural and beneficial for everyone and for the world.
One of the biggest reasons we find it difficult to find personal quiet, personal contentment, personal satisfaction…true humble joy, is that life (the universe, however you want to refer to it) is always — well, some people would describe it as ‘testing’ us.
This is a rather antagonistic way of looking at the trials and tribulations of life, our ups and downs, considering that in hindsight many of us come to see how the challenges, tragedies, ‘tests’ that we have lived through have somehow made us more of an amazing version of who we are. We lose, but we also gain through these experiences. It usually just takes us a little longer, or feels a little more difficult to identify what we have gained through loss, pain, and struggle.
In the past few months ( probably longer) I have stumbled upon ways to describe experiences, the good and the bad, in a way that is less scary, less tiring, less antagonistic. We all like to look back on ‘surviving’ difficult times, as it helps us to justify the pain, justify our decisions, justify our reactions or the ways that relationships have played out. But there are even more constructive and positive-feeling ways to think about our experiences, not just after they have ‘tested us’, but as we go along in our everyday lives and encounter these things, at their beginnings.
Michael Brown, the author of “The Presence Process” suggests another way to describe what we see as negative happenings in our lives, the ‘upsets’ he calls them. At the core of it all he, like many others who have talked about and shared positive or more loving perspectives on what life is and how and why it happens the way it does.
We all know, on some level, that ‘shit happens’. That means good shit and bad shit. We do not, however, all believe that everything is leading us to something better. Michael Brown suggests that we identify the ‘upsets’ or become conscious of them in terms of our reactions to them, and change our perspective on what events like these mean to us in the moment. Instead ‘upsets’ he suggests we recognize upsetting, triggering, or challenging events as ‘set-ups’. When we discover a ‘set-up’, instead of an ‘upset’, our reactions are naturally more discerning, naturally even more conscious that a situation may not have as much negative to do with or to say about who we are or what we deserve (etc.).
The presumption changes. Seeing a set-up, rather that an upset allows us to not believe everything about the situation, for us to consider the possibility that there is an ‘out’, and ‘out’ that proves that we are, in fact, more free from drama, from being obligated to suffer through the consequences of something removed from us.
The set-up, Brown suggests, is an opportunity for us to reflect back on our own intentions, our own path, and whether negative events should or could take us aware from our intentions, our positive intentions, whether addressing or reacting to a situation will set us back or give us even more freedom. Set-ups are like twists in the road that challenge us to keep our eye on the direction we feel most honestly and genuinely feel good heading in.
Probably the central reason I am writing this blog entry is that this concept of the ‘set-up’ and Brown’s perspective…the perspective he suggests we can take on the journey, is one that assumes that our path is a productive one with momentum…that the set-ups are moments of choice which are easier when we know ourselves better and better and when we listen to our felt experience, feelings of (dis)comfort in our bodies and emotionally. Abraham Hicks calls these set-ups “contrasts”. We may be going along pretty quietly, peacefully, excitedly, however, and all of a sudden be faced with events, people that seem to not fit the positive or productive momentum or pattern we had going. Again, life is ‘testing’ us, setting us up, or presenting us with contrast so that we don’t forget to check back in, so that we remember that life is about growing through knowing ourselves and through getting to know ourselves, by growing inwards while we grow outwards.
Nothing is meant primarily to make life unpleasant or painful. Set-ups, Upsets, contrasts…are all a means to an end. I think we get caught up in the happenings around these things because…the truth is, we do not know what the future holds. We don’t know ultimately what the point of it all is…we’re not supposed to…
I reach it after I spend time trying to let things in…While or after I do things that help my body to heal, that allow my mind to relax a little, that remind me that I am not alone.
The process of realizing that I haven’t done those things, thinking about doing them, making the decisions to do them, actually going through the motions…Well, that can take forever it seems… And the feelings that flow in during that process, those steps, those periods…they are mostly feelings that doubt. Feelings of doubt. Feelings that try and keep me on a path that hurts. Feelings that are threatening. Scary. Feelings that are scared.
But, as Michael Brown says: “the only way out is through”.
On the other side is…eerily quiet…accommodating and uncomfortable silence…and becomes peace. Real peace.