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From My Heart ORIGIN COLUMNIST | Elena Brower Dearest, Sweetest, Doubt of Mine,


I love you. I know you don’t mean it. With this letter, I hereby request that you and I work together to locate and live in the love that resides in my being, so we can truly serve my kid, my partner, my friends, my colleagues. As the Heart of this being, my job is to magnify the nourishment, abundance and happiness. I can’t do this alone, so I’m asking for your help.


Bill Mahony, esteemed Tantric scholar and author of Exquisite Love, posits that “capital-L” Love is what we need to recognize and cultivate. That infinite, deepest, most generative energy of the Universe is far more vast than our limited definition of love. When I manage to glimpse that Love, I’m able to see the doubtful


Say it out loud with me. “I want Love.”


We access Love when we are strong enough to hold space to see through our own behaviors in our closest relationships. This notion of “holding space” is key. I know you, Doubt, are more comfortable with contraction, dread and fear—I, the Heart, long for more expansion and freedom, so I’ll suggest ways to hold space here. May it be useful.


1. LISTEN.


Any time you’re listening, you’re holding space. And when you listen, you’re much less likely to be blaming and contracting around a person or a situation.


2. BE GRATEFUL.


name-calling and the sadness at the source of it all. When I manage to observe that cycle of blame, I consciously open myself up for another perspective, another way. Please, observe your methods; the people you’re keeping close to you, the thoughts you employ to hold your world together. Let’s look right through those behaviors and musings into their source – a deep longing for Love. You just want Love.


Be thankful when other people are brave enough to tell you the truth, even when you’re inclined to feel embarrassed about that truth and close yourself off. Instead of avoiding being present with it, try to make the truth into your learning experience. I promise you, my job as the Heart is to take toxicity in and transform it into food for this entire body, all day long. You can do it. Thank the world for the uncomfortable truth, however it comes, and trust that it’s all going to be okay. It is. It’s all going to be okay. Remember that as hard as it may seem to be thankful, whenever there is doubt, every function in this being suffers, including my ability to serve this body and this planet. And every time you’re grateful, I feel full, alive, healed, and capable of doing my job.


3. RESPECT YOUR FAMILY. This one is big. I know you know how easy it is to blame them and use them as your excuse for all of your theories, aches, habits, disappointments, lies, and half-truths. When you hold space for your family (and everything that happened, no matter what) by practicing real respect, you set the most magnificent example for everyone near you.


Thank you for your time. I want to work with you, not against you. Together we can be discerning, loving, healing, and downright visionary.


With great respect, Your Heart


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