Do you know how beautiful you are?
I think not, my dear.
Today’s my three year anniversary, so Hafiz is on point. We can get so caught up in the day-to-day (of work, marriage, life in general) that we forget to pause and celebrate the beauty.
I love this Hafiz poem. I love it so much I led a meditation on these two lines last week. The question, “Do you know how beautiful you are?” got me thinking about a key concept in my new book (launching July 4th!)
We have two choices at all times: Do we see our situation as a combination of flaws to fix, or as a never-ending invitation to celebrate the beauty?
Personally, I’ve spent the last few weeks trying to fix the overwhelm I feel about promoting my book. I felt swamped by guest posts I needed to finish, instead of thanking the holy heavens I have the opportunity to write. Maybe for you, your health, career or relationships challenge you to see from a beauty-soaked lens.
When I found myself self-deprecating over marketing to-do’s, I stopped to meditate (I recorded a similar version for my lovely subscribers below.) I found that by simply putting my thoughts, feelings, and situation back in their rightful place, I was able to recalibrate my perspective.
The outline of my meditation and thinking goes like this:
– I can face momentary situations, but I am above my situation.
– I can feel ever-changing emotions, but I am above my emotions.
– I can have temporary thoughts, but I am above my thoughts.
Rising above my situation gives me new eyes. We are not our ugly feelings, thoughts or emotions, which brings us to this week’s mindfulness challenge:
Weekly mindfulness challenge: Notice when your situation feels bigger than you. Then take a breath and remember: You are not your situation, your thoughts or your feelings. You are you. And, you are dang beautiful.
Last week, I let stressful thoughts and downer feelings mute the invitation screaming to be celebrated: “Holy Sheez! You just published your first book!” We are unique, and raw and real. Instead of seeing the guest post I had to write as a burden, I can see it as a privilege. Even better, with a better attitude, I am more efficient in accomplishing the task.
What the poet Hafiz teaches us is that our issues, flaws and crazy thoughts are just not that relevant. The beauty and truth within us is far more powerful. When we see that, we can start to see the unique invitations to celebrate all around us.
You are beautiful. Do you know that my dear? If not, I’ll let the rest of his poem work its magic in you:
“Do you know how beautiful you are? I think not, my dear. For as you talk of God,
I see great parades with colorful bands streaming from your mind and heart,
carrying wonderful and secret messages to every corner of this world.
I see saints bowing in the mountains, hundreds of miles away, to the wonder
of sounds that break into light from your most common words.” – Hafiz
I don’t know about you, but keeping Hafiz’ words in my head is heaps more helpful than the naysayers I usually let hitchhike across my mind. I’m going to meditate on some hafiz truth bombs more often!
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May we heal fully, live freely and love boldly,
Author & Certified Emotional Freedom Practitioner
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