December 7

LOVE MONTH: DAY 7: “Trust your heart if the seas catch fire, live by love though the stars walk backward.” ― E.E. Cummings

I am pretty sure this should all be in small letters, but it was written just like this, so I copied it. I remember being terribly frustrated with Mr. Cummings use of small letters when I was young and in my first poetry class. I have one of those really critical red-pencil vision things going on. I see any small typos or mistakes in a book or in written material. It drives me crazy! Especially on fb and other media where people tend to mis-spell and all.

But I really love this quote because it speaks to the fact that there is nothing that should shift the course of our loving hearts. (Our minds are an entirely different issue…Purple Screaming Monkeys and all…) But we should never let ANYTHING shift our love from something that we have committed to loving. Even when it all falls apart, love is not conditional.

How we love is the thing that makes or breaks us. This quote speaks to me about conditions outside of what I can control or change. Those things are not going to determine whether or not I love life. I have loved life through earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, and monsoons. I love Nature in high tides and low, through droughts and fires, when things die and when they send up new shoots in a display of trust and beauty that always takes my breath away.

And most of us have seen what a tsunami can do. Does that make the ocean any less lovable? We have all had experiences we believe are tragic or sad. (Be careful what you name things…it is all part of the story you have to live with.)

We have all had incredible joy  and happiness. (same warning!)

The ONLY thing we can truly live by is our heart centers, which means we walk through all of it without judgment and without losing our sense of awe and wonder at the beauty of not only Creation, but re-Creation and healing and regeneration. Who among us has not loved our bodies through even the process of serious illness even greater?

What if we lose a limb or our vision or hearing? Do we love ourselves less? I certainly hope not. This is only a physical package we walk around in. My package is getting older and more wonderfully manifesting the uses I have put it to. (Isn’t THAT a great way to phrase it?) Yeah, Silver-tongued Devil here folks! Lol!

But my heart, my amazing, broken so many times (wide open!) heart, still beats and loves and flutters and does all the wonderful things it has done all the years of its life. No matter how many times I tried to explode it with Cocaine and stop it with Heroin and cigarettes. So much stress and bad behavior. And yet, it beats and loves and flutters and does all the wonderful things it is supposed to do; just the way it was designed. I LOVE THAT!

Sit with your amazing heart. Feel each beat and choose love…over and over and over and over. Thank your heart for keeping the blood pumping and for giving you the vessel that centers the world in a beautiful way. Open it outward to embrace all that you see. And let go of conditions that you may have imposed on your ability to love. Learn to love more and more deeply and let go of making others responsible to meet your conditions and needs. Love life AS IT IS…not the way you think it should be. What a great day I am having now!

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Published by: Kelly

I am a therapist and counselor with long-term recovery from addictions and personal trauma. My writing reflects these experiences and the road I have traveled in 12-Step recovery settings, along with the work I have done for over 30 years in the field. My love of dolphins includes the stories of them being healers in places all over the world. I long to offer every broken spirit and body the experience of a healing hug. May my words and stories inform, uplift and delight your spirit and soothe your weary heart.

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