Men + Myself + God

Month: February, 2013

Prayer for a Cloudy Day

by Patia Braithwaite

Today I pray for the ties that bind me– may they support suspend us if we fall; keep us stable when we waiver, loosen when it is time to move and tighten when we are afraid we’ve come undone…

I pray for forgiveness: of myself, for myself and from myself into the hearts of others. We are all worthy and wholly loveable. We are capable of miracles, and we are capable of misconduct. This is not a flaw; it is a truth. I pray for the ability to love myself and others in the starkness of our humanity. I pray to receive the same treatment in return.

May we all see love, be love and cultivate love in ourselves and each other. Even on days, like today, when its hard. This is my prayer for today.

And so it is.

Are you Keeping your feelings inside?

by Patia Braithwaite

What are you keeping on the inside?

Here’s my basic rule: Keep inside only what you want to grow.

If you asked The Besticle, my former beau, to describe me, I know he’d use one word: Emotional.

Then, when if I didn’t lunge at him, he’d smile and say, Patia Braithwaite has feelings about everything, and she always wants to talk about them. With everyone. Who will listen. All the time.

He’d punctuate that statement with an exasperated ‘ugh.’

And…for the most part, he’d be right.

I’m an extremely emotional being. I feel things. I find joy in identifying my feelings, in describing my feelings, and in feeling the feeling underneath the feelings. If I could get a PHD in feelings, I probably would. I’m a feeling connoisseur. I feel in an intense way. Feelings come out of my eyes. Feelings pour off my skin. My friend writer friend, RP, says sometimes I wear my feelings on the outside like a coat.

I make decisions based on feelings. I give those feelings fancy terms like “intuition” and “inner knowing.”

I make my feelings sound sophisticated and special.

Despite all of this, I’ve learned that if I don’t honor my feelings and live in integrity with them, I’ll be miserable. I have to understand my own feelings in ordered to be authentic, and so my general rule of thumb is: Only keep inside only what you want to grow.

Thus, in learning how to deal with my emotions I’ve learned that if I’m upset, annoyed, angry, jealous or resentful — I’ve got to get it out. I’ve got to let the feeling seep out from my lips (in a kind and honest way), to diffuse some of the energy. When we try to ignore our feelings they grow larger, they create shadows and block better feelings. They become perverse and rule our actions. I don’t want those feelings to grow, so I let them out.

Conversely, I imagine my good feelings are like babies. Feelings of enthusiasm, hope, optimism, happiness, joy, anticipation are kept inside of a little while. I like to let them pulsate in my belly or the center of my heart. I let them radiate and imagine light from that feeling is shining out into the world. I protect those feelings – I don’t throw them around so that people can diminish them. I keep them inside and allow them to grow.

Here’s some goood-feeling news that’s ready to come out: The Huffington Post has invited me to blog for them! I get to blog on HuffPo about love and relationships. I think this is the coolest thing ever, but I kept this quiet because I wanted to protect it. I told a few close friends and then waited until I got the guidelines to share it with more friends, and now I’m sharing it with you (and I’ll share it once again when my first post is up). I wanted to protect the good feeling. I wanted to nurture it and water it and coax it to fruition. I kept inside what I wanted to grow.

So today, I urge you all to check in with your feelings – what’s going on in your body and do you want it to grow. If its good feelings, find ways to feed that inner fire, and if the feelings aren’t positive find ways to let it go. My sincere belief is that we are all conduits for the universe – we’ve gotta keep the pathway clear so we can be embodiments of love.

Anything you need to let go of? Use the comment section below!!

Quickie: On Vulnerability

by Patia Braithwaite

“We cultivate love when we allow our most vulnerable and powerful selves to be deeply seen and known, and when we honor the spiritual connection that grows from that offering with trust, respect, kindness and affection.

Love is not something we give or get; it is something that we nurture and grow, a connection that can only be cultivated between two people when it exists within each one of them – we can only love others as much as we love ourselves.

Shame, blame, disrespect, betrayal, and the withholding of affection damage the roots from which love grows. Love can only survive these injuries if they are acknowledged, healed and rare.”

― Brené Brown, The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are

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