Even the smallest of achievements are worth being recognized and celebrated. When we practice gratitude for small achievements, which I believe play an essential role in “large” achievements, we’re extending the power of that accomplishment. Picture the ripple effect…that drop of water into a smooth, still body of liquid. Ripple after ripple is created and it extends further and further out. All it takes is just that one little drop.
You can be around people and not even realize how much power they hold…all the stories of their lives, the love and tragedies, the overcoming and enjoying. I got to spend an amazing weekend and more with three amazing women. Now that we are all off to our own parts of the world, I am realizing the amazing legacy I am a part of because of them and what a gift I have in each of them. This female counter-part to the three musketeers are my mother, Angelines Del Riego, and her two best friends from high school, Alma Olalla (known as Marisol), and Ivelisse de la Cruz. All three are Dominican women, born and raised in the mountains of the Dominican Republic. Today, they each live in different parts of the world, yet…I recently enjoyed their company and even now, weeks later, am still feeling their powerfully, loving presence. Continue reading
In the book “Love Without Conditions“, there is a chapter towards the end that is called The Death of the Ego. Here are a few lines that inspire and resonate with me…
People identify with thoughts that they think. If you want to communicate with people, find a way to acknowledge and include their ideas. Then, when you express your own ideas, it will be easier for others to acknowledge them. People will never be able to be together peacefully until their ideas can dwell together without competition. To accept another person’s idea, even when you don’t with it, is to extend to him respect and trust.
Dwelling together in peace requires that you see what links you to others, not what separates you. If you what links you, you will respect your differences. If you see what separates you, you will try to overcome those differences. The attempt to overcome differences invariably fails. That is because differences are healthy. As long as they are respected, they do not interfere with the potential for intimacy and cordial relations between people.
Always give another the space to be different. Then you will not be avoiding intimacy with him. If you feel that you need to become like him to be accepted by him or that he needs to become like you to be accepted by you, you are trying “to overcome” the differences. Just let the differences be. You are acceptable as you are, and so is he. Peace remains in your heart and in his. Everything is fine.
– “Love Without Conditions” by Paul Ferrini, pages 146 – 147
What are some ideas that you have, that you do not share because of fear that others will not accept them? Have you shared them, only to experience people not accepting them and thus felt like they were not accepting you?
Speaking from my own personal experience, I also see how many times, I am not accepting my own ideas within myself. This seems to create a cycle where I live in fear of sharing my ideas, pursuing them, and accepting and including the ideas of others. How do I expect others to accept me and my ideas, when I do not even accept them myself?
When I think about this, it also helps me to see differences in a loving light. What would you say is the usual response to differences? I would say that in our world the response to differences is usually fear. It is okay that fear is there…it means that the opportunity of courage is also there. At times when I am afraid, I practice kindness to myself, rather than beating myself up for being afraid. Then a magical transformation seems to take place and I walk through the fear and see it morph into courage. In this space of courage, differences are shown for what they are…creativeness, magic, uniqueness and self-expressiveness. And we can be together with all of our differences and ideas, without fear and instead with love.
Let me be very clear…
Clear about being
Amalia Rebecca Maloney Del Riego…
All those names are me
I am a
writer, singer, traveler, consultant human-being
A female, human-being, actually
I like to love and to express myself by doing things I love
Sometimes I write, other times I sing
In magical unseen ways, always traveling and praying
I also love being loved
Things I do are for the pure experiencing
Not just an end-result that may be produced
I like to think that we are human-beings
Being what we love
The funniest thing to me in the whole-wide world is officially…me! Yeah, I’m really realizing that 1) laughter is awesome and I want to always be laughing more in life and 2) the best thing to laugh at is myself. Here I am, enjoying family and culture in the beautiful tropical island of the Dominican Republic, and living out my passion of traveling and working for myself, yet the past week or so I found myself stressing out about whether or not I should stay longer.
This friend’s journey and perseverance are inspiring to me. I hope you open yourself and your heart to being inspired as well. Please enjoy and share. Thank you!
I know that the saying is reversed, “When a Door Closes a Window Opens.” The window that I reference closing is my first Kickstarter campaign for Berni’s Journey in Wanderland. My team, Danielle and Nathalia, and I have learned a lot about Kickstarter and the social media engine that is required to make a campaign a success. Especially when you are looking to accomplish a six-figure goal.
I guess it’s in my nature to dream big. My mission was to hit the goal in order to finish the film, cover the expenses already incurred and cover costs for distribution and marketing. In a sense, it was putting all my eggs in one basket so the budget could be supported and I could focus on the actual creative process to edit the project. What I learned is that the hefty goal may have been intimidating for others. A few factors…
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What is this heaviness I feel inside?
It wells up in me, lying just behind my eyes
From my heart it seems to stem
With pulses, its energy seems to overwhelm
My body feels tender, my feelings even more
Washing over me like waves that leave me sore
It seems to want an outlet, a way to break free
My aliveness thrashes as if drowning in a sea
So I stop and surrender, allowing the release
Drops of tears seep out, salty with healing increase
In streams their flow caresses, down my face into every crease
This cry I am feeling does not drown me…
I am floating in this deep place of peace.