Last night I led the weekly support group at Project: Service Los Angeles. We have a format where each person gets to share for three minutes. You get to decide whether or not you want any words of support or feedback.
There's something very powerful about being able to show up, just as you are, and to share what's happening in your life. The good, the bad, the ugly...however you might want to frame your story. How would you feel if you could share without any fear of judgment? Even if you feel a tinge of guilt or shame, how would you feel if you knew that you were supported, no matter what?
You are loved. The Beloved loves you. Right where you are. Just as you are.
How do you feel when you hear these words? This isn't easy for some people to hear. If it feels strange to hear these words, read them again. Instead of the word "you," let's focus on "me."
I am loved. The Beloved loves me. Right where I am. Just as I am.
Let that sink in. Say it to yourself. Feel into it. How would you live your life if you truly believed this? Would you allow yourself more self-care? Would you be more daring to explore things you've never done before? Would you be more forgiving?
Let's face it. We can all use a little more self-care in our lives. That's why I love chocolate, and in particular, dark chocolate. When I spend some time with dark chocolate, even just a bite, I taste the deliciousness and love of life. Chocolate isn't telling me what's wrong, or what I should do, or shouldn't do. Chocolate is there to simply be with me. To remind me that everything is okay, no matter what life might look like.
That's why I love the quote in the picture: "Chocolate doesn't ask silly questions. Chocolate understands." (I don't know who actually said this, so if you happen to know, send me an email and let me know.)
If dark chocolate isn't your thing, what is your "chocolate"? It doesn't even have to be food. "Chocolate" is that thing or activity that let's you know that everything will eventually be okay. It could be taking a nice bath. Or planting in the garden. Or watching the waves on the beach. Spending some time last night leading the support group was my "chocolate," and believe me, I left there feeling loved up!
For your coaching assignment for this week, I want you to set aside some time to be with your "chocolate," whatever it may be. Simply remember that you are loved. The Beloved loves you. Right where you are. Just as you are.
I'd love to hear what your "chocolate" is, and what you'll commit to doing this week. Post your comment below. I'd love to hear it.
Here's to the divine knowing that you are always loved.