We have all experienced a heart break at least once in our lives. By the time I was 30, I was an expert in being heartbroken. And not only that, each failed relationship was feeding into my fear that I was not enough and that true love will never really knock on my door. I think everything I did since I became an adult was geared towards learning how to find and keep a guy. I knew I was smart enough to succeed in other things, but the matters of heart – that I felt I had no control over. As someone who suffered from an eating disorder for a good chunk of my 20s, I knew what it felt like to be addicted to something. And the power that had me to stop ED was the power that had me find love.
Now, I don’t believe that we can control when love will happen – that is in the hands of Higher Power, but I do believe that we can, and are responsible, to create a clear and pristine space for it, so that it can show up for us. In the clear and pristine space, LOVE does show up.
I know some of you have done personal development work. I applaud that. And, for what I am about to say, I think that such work can be more of an obstacle than support. In fact, it is that we keep on thinking that there is something for us to “work on” that has us stuck in the same old pattern of “not enough”. We can’t be both: complete and in need of more therapy/transformation. As a coach, I make sure my clients never feel inadequate, but rather see our work together as their consistent evolving inside of a committed, clean, powerful, safe and loving space. I don’t have my clients feel like there is something to fix, something many of the programs, therapies, works out there are based on. For as long as we think we need to fix our relationship with our parents, for example, we aren’t really focused or present to the prince charming that may be right in front of us – mistake number 1.
The mistake number 2 is that we hold on to our past like it’s real. Our urge to love and find love has us hold on to people and memories where we at least somewhat felt like our feelings were reciprocated. And instead of letting go of all past relationships that did’t serve us, we mess up more in order to cope with what’s already messed up. When I had an ED, I binged to cope with my urge to binge. Other words, only when I binged did I relieve the anxiety that I was feeling when I felt the urge to binge. It is only when I realized that the voice telling me to binge was not REAL ME, that I was able to silence the voice and take actions that I wanted to take: anything from being with people, actually answering my phone, making a difference in the world and alike. It is when I observed the voice in my head, without thinking I needed therapy, to journal my emotions, to read more books on the subject and give my power away, that I was able to see that the voice in my head did not have power over my actions. In fact, more I recognized that voice as NOT ME, more silent the voice became.
So, please ladies, do not cling to the past relationships that don’t serve you, don’t send more emails so that you can get a different response, or send that last text thinking something will change. Your urge to do these things is coming from the voice that isn’t YOU and the relief from that anxiety to say something is only temporary and making things worse in a long run. The voice that tells you to do so is not who YOU are. YOU can hear it and dismiss it and then do what works: move on, go out on a date with a new guy, or go visit a friend. When you keep falling back into the same pattern, you perpetuate addiction and the space stays cluttered. Love only comes into the clear and pristine space. So, let go and let love.
Sometimes things that we get to be the best at are the things we struggled the most with. And while coaching can take one through thick and thin, there are moments when things are best left alone to just be as they are. When I feel I tried everything I knew to do to change a situation or create a different outcome after failing at it numerous times, I turn my attention to powers above. I simply think of God or angels in my life who are no longer with me and I ask for support. I do the ho’oponopono mantra a thousand times to just release the energy and get it down to zero. And most of all, I allow myself a good cry for feeling helpless. I then experience how vulnerable we are as human beings, how fragile life is and how little it matters that we be right when we don’t feel the love in our hearts. But, when I dig deeper and let myself stop fighting with my own demons, I get that love is there, but the heart is broken and the pain is causing me to tense up and react and be super protective. Because when the heart breaks, it aches, it hurts until it makes us numb and then we settle for less only to never feel that pain again. The pain, on another hand, is subjective and so long as we perceive it as pain, we fail to actually experience it as the sensation that it is. What does your heart break feel like?
Maybe, just maybe if we allow the sensation to be and give into it fully, we would not be hurt by the things we cannot change. We would notice how having something and then not having it anymore is just part of life and we would learn to roll with the punches and adjust to different stages of life. We would learn to give and to receive and to not take things for granted nor to expect of another anything other than what they are capable of and willing to give us. Our life would be filled with love and gratitude and there would be peace within in spite of the storm outside.
Breathing in deeply… Allowing myself to love and feel the pain… Forgive myself, forgiving others… Giving it all to God