I don’t normally do this…. but the following is the content of a newsletter I got today from Access Abundance by Teresa Romain. It hit me pretty profoundly and I wanted to share it with you. I hope you enjoy it!
I’m in MN right now for meeting and workshops – which have kept me busy (in terms of preparation) all day today.
That’s why this letter is going to be one of the shortest I’ve written… at least one of the fastest. It’s not even going to be a formal newsletter in the traditional sense.
Rather, this week I simply want to share an experience I had this week… and from it ask you a question or two for you to reflect upon. And I’m going to jump right in…
It happened Monday. All weekend I had been out of sorts – I was still getting over a cold and feeling unusually fatigued. Monday I woke up feeling better physically – but emotionally I felt completely overwhelmed, discouraged, angry at myself and all sorts of things that were getting bottled up inside of me.
And I knew I had to express them and get them out. I pulled out my journal.. but quickly realized this was a day I needed to go on one of my “talk with God walks”. That means I go for a long walk down our back road talking, ranting, questioning, praying, venting, crying or whatever else feels right to God. And yes – I do it OUT LOUD! 🙂
And I was really struggling through some things on this walk… lots of questions, not many answers and really feeling down about things and upset with myself (and even, I think, God.) Quite frankly, I was really being hard on myself – and expecting God to be as well. (Thank God He/She isn’t!)
That’s when – through the tears of my venting – I saw them. Two of my beloved sandhill cranes in the field next to the road – standing quite close to me. It’s a testament to their calm and tranquility that I didn’t scare them off with all my ranting and crying. 🙂
And I just stared at them – awestruck and filled with wonder. I can’t explain it – but I love cranes. I watched this pair do some of their funky “dances” and watched them walk placidly through the field. I heard them “talking” to each other – sometimes in “bird whispers”.
And in that moment… all that had been weighing on me was gone as I was fully present to and transfixed by these beautiful birds.
And then I started talking to God again… and the question that came out of my mouth was profound and healing and challenging (at least for me).
Here’s the gist of it….
What would happen if I responded to MYSELF the same way I respond to the cranes and so much of the beauty in nature? What if I looked at myself with the same reverence and wonder, curiosity and fascination with which I have been watching these cranes?
The cranes aren’t DOING anything. They don’t set goals to achieve nor do they feel like failures if they don’t achieve them. They don’t judge themselves or compare themselves. They just BE… walking in fields, standing tall, flying overhead, sitting on a nest… and I am absolutely fascinated by them, love them, value them and see their beauty and worth. I do that with so much of creation… in fact, pretty much all of it – except for ME!
What if I began seeing myself the same way? What if I saw and appreciated my beauty for simply BEING me?
And then I started crying again (a healing cry this time) because I realized that the way I look at and watch and love cranes – the way they fascinate me – is a small taste of how God – The Divine who created me – sees and feels about me.
In that moment, as I let that in… I felt my mind and body relax and my heart open again. And the “stresses” that had been overwhelming me began to melt away. And life felt abundant and blessed again… I felt abundant and blessed again.
Instead of “not enoughing” myself, through my beloved cranes – I began to see myself with new eyes. And that hasn’t worn off… and when I find myself starting to get down on myself, not enough or judge myself, I remember what I felt as I was watching those cranes last Monday. Completely transfixed, awed, amazed and appreciative. And that gives me ACCESS to being able to look at myself – no matter what’s going on – with that same love and respect.
I know I will have to continue practicing this … but it was a gift for me this past week. I’m hoping that me sharing it with you will be a gift for you as well… that you might be able to see yourself with new eyes as well. That you might be able to see the inherent beauty in who you BE as well… that you might be able to love and appreciate and fascinate and amaze yourself.
- Teresa Romain is the President & Founder of http://www.AccessAbundance.com and has trained and coached thousands of individuals around the world access and experience greater freedom, fulfillment, well-being and abundance in their businesses and their lives. Unique in her approach and dynamic and passionate in her style, Teresa is known for making the transformational process of accessing abundance challenging, fun and powerful in its results.
I read something recently that said something along the lines of: If we spoke to others the way we speak to ourselves (meaning being as critical as we are about ourselves), we wouldn’t have many friends! Isn’t that the truth? We’ve all heard how we are our own worst critic…. and it’s so true!
This article was a good eye opener for me. How much different would our lives be if we treated ourselves with the respect wonder and awe that we do so many of God’s creatures! We are one of them!
I’m grateful to Teresa for writing this article and for allowing me to share it here with you. I felt it went so well with a recent post I made too. I hope you’ve gained some insights from it too!
I am Grateful! How are You?