The #DominicanRepublic is a beautiful place I had the pleasure of visiting during my senior year of college. I remember the delicious meals, nights dancing, and the calm and awe I felt while swimming, reading on the beach, or seeing a whale while out fishing.
On the other end, I also remember being refused service by a restaurant owner simply because I am an African woman who happens to speak French (see my older post on France); he thought I was Haitian and that it was appropriate to behave that way. That day I experienced persecution rooted in the dark past shared by Dominicans and Haitians, and I was introduced to the concepts of identity, perception and judgement in a real way. Once safe, I reflected on the baggage transferred down from generations and rooted in colonialism and slavery, and I wept. Like the restaurant owner, we can fall into these inherited patterns OR we can face them, and consciously break them each day. This is our work. Years later, I have a greater understanding of the effects of slavery and I take pride in every instance I and others rise above it and choose love. Tell me about a time you chose love.
The intent to live a happy and fulfilling life has the direct effect of shedding light on and allowing every single fear, trauma, wound, pain and limiting belief standing in the way of your happiness to surface for release. The process can almost feel like it is distorted. It isn't. There is simply no shortcut to happiness friends, it must all be felt, acknowledged and forgiven first. Wave by wave, as you release these stuck emotions, you will naturally raise your vibration and arrive at deeper levels of happiness. The trick is to not cling to your emotions as they surface. You don't have to identify with them nor own them, for that will only delay the healing and prolong the suffering. Simply acknowledge, forgive and allow the emotions to be transmuted without attaching a back story to them, which is the ego's natural defense mechanism to keep you in the darkness. Don't get caught up fighting the old, shift your focus to creating the new instead. You've got this #inspirational#monday#quotes#passion#love#spirit#joy#fulfillment#purpose#soul#freespirit#toronto
Social media makes it seem like everyone is an Internet millionaire or on the verge of becoming the next big thing. Seeing these young, beautiful, talented people blasted all over your Twitter, Facebook and Instagram feeds can be challenging to remain realistic with yourself about what it really takes to become successful.