Divorce Series – Be committed to feeling all your feelings

Look! Here’s the thing, your feeling just exist. You can try to stuff them, medicate them, or feed them, but the overall thing is they have to be felt.

Somewhere along the line, I made a decision to feel them all. I really can’t remember why at the current moment  – cause it’s a lot. But I thought if I do not feel all the things how can I move on and how can I do better.

So, I decided to feel it all. Kind of makes me crazy sometimes. Sometimes, I have to leave social functions with my friends, because I can tell I’m going to drink too much, feel too much, be too much.

Whether that’s bad or good, I’m not sure, it’s just me. I’m emotional. I am a feelings person. I make decisions that way. I am driven by what I am feeling. Good or bad.

So, my advice, whatever you are going through – feel it! All the good, bad, and the ugly. I think it’s the only way to process the whole thing.

Much. Love.

Kindness

I don’t know what to call “God” anymore. And the word “God” seems so masculine to me, from my upbringing. The word “Universe” doesn’t resonate with me either. I tried “Mother of all things” still no. So, I have landed on “Kindness”. Because love seems jaded to me, but kindness seems nice and pleasant and kind.

Lately, when I am feeling upset or am suffering, I think “Kindness” how do I align to kindness. I want revenge, I want anger, I want sadness, but those make me feel jammed up, boxed in, and about to explode.

So, when I decide, if I want to align to kindness how would I respond, I do much better. Kindness is my make-up, I was born that way. Yes, I was a push over, a people pleaser, and let people walk all over me. But those days are over, I express my hurt and then respond in kindness.

I have requested from this “God of kindness” my whole life, that I want a deep spiritual experience. I want the awakening, I want to lead people in and to the awakening. I can’t do that until I experience the awakening myself. I did not know this (divorce) would be the price in that journey. I did not know this pain and this suffering would lead to my eventual freedom. But I do truly want it. So, when I feel the incredible grief, jealousy, envy, heart break, fear, rejection, abandonment, loss, and overall suffering, I remind myself, I am on the journey. The journey of my soul, the TRUEST desires deep down in me. And respond in KINDNESS.

Much. Love and Kindness to you all! What you truly want is there, you just have to take the hard road, whatever that means for you, and remember “Kindness” is with you.

It’s coming…

I haven’t written in a while but that’s usually a sign I am getting happier. The last couple of weeks have been challenging. My divorce will be final Aug. 13th. Usually August is a month of celebrations for us. We were married Aug. 10th 2012 and Huck was born August 13th 2015.

I thought I’d be fine. I thought most of the hard part is over. Sadly, I was wrong. I am not fine. The finality of it all is so shitty. I think I sometimes think is this really happening? Yeah, I know we filed for divorce, and YES, I know we spoke about it publicly, and YES I know it is happening. But I guess there’s still a part of me that hoped. I am not sure what I was hoping for? Maybe hope that it would turn around. Maybe a slight hope that we could figure it out.

It’s NOT GOING TO HAPPEN. And I don’t really know how to process that. I can’t even imagine it. I have hoped for us for so long that I don’t know how to turn that around.

And I’m tired. Tired of working 3 jobs, when we had just become financially secure. Tired of always parenting Huck alone when I have him. Tired that I have not been on a date in almost a year. Tired that this is the current reality of things. But it is.

And I’m sad. I miss him. He annoys me and frustrates me like no one else, but I miss him. I miss him when I think of new restaurants – that i know he would love. I miss him when I think of vacationing on the islands and wanting so bad for him to come with me. I miss him making me laugh. I miss his body and his smell. I just overall miss him and I’m also happy he’s not around me all the time.

I think what bothers me the most, is it feels like I have 2 personalities going on. One that is strong, independent, and excited about the future. One that is sad, small, and missing the past. Joy and grief.

So, I guess, I will honor my feelings. Let them be welcomed and embrace both sides. I don’t really know what else to do. I think we must embrace the light and dark inside of us – the resistance makes everything harder.

Much. LOVE.

 

Hiking – A spiritual experience

Now, I know it is probably not like this for everyone, but since I am spiritual seeker and it is also my job, my mind tends to seek out spirituality everywhere I am. And in this new “post married” life of mine, I have decided to try new things. Try to find things that bring me joy.

Today, I really wanted to work out and the thought of doing a Jillian Micheal’s workout at home in my house seemed so boring. So, I thought, I’m going to go on a hike. I don’t really hike, I always want to be a hiker, I just think I don’t have the right gear or clothes or shoes…. excuses, excuses. My friend always does this one hike at Poo Poo Point, seemed simple enough.

Starting out I was thinking this isn’t bad, I even see some people come down that are not as in shape as me, so maybe it will be easy. IT’S NOT EASY. At first, there were pockets of sun light coming through, it was nice. I decided to not listen to music, so I could deal with my demons. How quickly I try to drown those out. Three ladies came by with dogs, if they can do it I can do it. A quarter of the way up… it’s hard. I pass by some young probably 17ish girls, one says to the other, “Going down is always the hardest.” I interjected in their conversation, ” I was banking on going down being easier”. I thought, what does she mean, that can’t be true.

I pass by an old lady with sticks (or whatever those things are that help you climb a mountain) and as she is going down she is going back and forth not to fall, I thought, oh, how sweet. Everyone coming down seems fine, breathing fine – no huffing or puffing like me. Some are even running down… I’m sure, I thought “He must do this often”.

Now, I’m in the middle or 3 quarters up (at least I’m hoping), I have no idea how long it will take, I think Darin said it’s an hour up, I don’t check my phone because if it has only been 15 mins. that’ll be discouraging. It’s gets darker in the middle of the mountain and I think to myself, this is the Journey. Not just the journey today, but the life journey. You start off with some light and eager to adventure, then the pain comes, and the darkness sets in, by the middle you are telling yourself “Just one foot in front of the other, don’t stop, and do not quit”.

As I finally approach the top, the sunlight is coming through again, which provides some much needed energy. And then the most breath taking views, I did it, I reached the top. And I think to myself “See it’s worth it.” It’s always worth it. The Journey, the Pain, the trudging, it’s always proven to be worth it. I sat there – with everyone else on their phones (because we all have to document our lives right;), and enjoyed my hard work.

As I started to go back down and almost fell 3 times, I thought this is not as hard, except the shaking legs. But it may not be as hard because I actually knew where I was going. It’s the hardest when you know it’s going to be better on the other side, but you can’t see it and you don’t know how long it will take you to get there.

Then I was proud of the old lady with the sticks and everyone else who climbed the mountain that day. And some of the people going up now were huffing and puffing like me. I thought- don’t worry you’ll make it, it’s worth it, and you are strong.

The mountain was a new, joyful experience for me today. I’ll do it again, now we will see what my body feels like tomorrow.

Much. Much Love – fellow journeyer’s

Don’t let sadness steal you JOY!

Today, I completed a huge project I have been working on for months. It was amazing. Lots of volunteers came, everyone had a great time, I received a lot of praise, and instantly as I left I felt this sadness. I don’t have a person anymore. A person to call. A person that I’ve been talking to about this. A person….

I had a friend who warned me about this, feeling on top of the world and then the loneliness when you get home is so hard.

But as I was driving and feeling sad, I thought to myself, WOW, this sadness is ruining all that I did accomplish today. I feel proud of myself. I am good at things. It all worked and we did a good thing in the world and people will benefit from our efforts.

So, I thought, FUCK YOU sadness, I am going to celebrate myself. I turned on some loud music to sing to in the car. I bought myself a “good to me” bottle of red wine, sat in a different spot when I got home (not the sad section of my couch that I feel like I’ve been in for months), bought a Power Ball ticket, and am writing. Daydreaming about the Ladies Event I am going to do in less than a month and reminding myself, I can be my own person. I don’t need a person. I mean, I’m a person, right, I can be that for me.

So, the celebration will continue!! I’m learning to love myself and myself is good enough.

Much. LOVE.

Why I’ve decided to become my own best friend.

Being your own best friend probably seems pretty logical. But I have never been my own best friend. I actually for a long time have been my own worst enemy. I would NEVER talk to my friends the way I talk to myself sometimes…. so judgy, no grace, and extremely critical.

But now, I’m alone, A LOT. So, I thought, Hey, this is a good time to become my own best friend. How do you do that? Well, here is what I am doing.

1.) I talk to myself a lot – If I am having an emotional reaction to something, I do not burst out and try to talk it out with anyone, just myself, and guess what? Myself tends to be good enough. I can comfort and understand myself pretty well, who knew.

2.) I am being kind. Seems simply but not done often. Most of the time, I am really trying the best I can. So are you probably? But isn’t it funny we can hurt each other so much. The more I give myself a break, the more I can give others a break.

3.) When I do stuff I do not like, I just say, “It’s okay, at least you are aware, and try to change that next time you notice.”

I’m not sure if this is working just yet, but hey, it’s better than being my own worst enemy.

Much. LOVE.

Only the light drives out the dark

There is an interesting thing about being coupled and then being alone. We all have these patterns, ways of being, ways of reactivating, and just plain ways of doing things. Now, luckily or not, we are usually unaware of them. We are entrenched in them. We literally don’t see them. Even if someone points them out we can not acknowledge them, it’s too close to our sense of identity. Call them blind spots if you will.

Well, pain and being alone, drag up a bunch of that stuff. I was talking to a lady the other night about her marriage, she is contemplating divorce, and I said: “First try all your options, if he chooses not to change with you, then you HAVE to find something to hold onto, because the pain is so gut wrenching, it will drag up all your wounds from the past, and you will go back if you do not have solid ground to stand.”

What I’ve been learning and seeing in myself are my unhealthy ways of relating. I thought when married that if I offered to do something nice, it was out of love. No, it was not. I wanted payment for my sacrifice, payment in the form of attention, I didn’t know that, because I was completely unaware of my needs. So, when married if I felt like that I would plan a date night or pick a fight, some way to get what I wanted. Which really was pay attention to me.

I have also been revisiting past relationship issues, or beliefs I had held. And the other day I had a thought.

“There is nothing to figure out here, and there is nothing you can say that your sub-conscious is not going to retaliate to, so your only option is TO DRIVE OUT THE DARK WITH THE LIGHT! I think this is what the energy people talk about when they say, raise your vibration. As in, bring in the positive energy and get that shit out. Say “what if” questions to yourself. Anything you can do to just shift that negative loop to a positive loop.

I don’t really understand energy medicine, but I love when the energy medicine world, fits in with the Jesus world, and counseling and science. Being open to all forms of God’s healing – is healing me.

Much. LOVE.