Greetings my loves! Welcome to week 3!
Before I get started on this week’s prompt, I want to say a few words.
I read a comment on Facebook today that said something like this (I’m paraphrasing): stop being so negative – we’re beings of love and light.
Well. That’s crap.
Denying your anger isn’t an act of love. Ignoring the negative isn’t an act of love. Pretending the shadows aren’t actually there isn’t an act of love.
Embracing your anger as part of you, the negativity as part of you, the shadows as part of you – those are all acts of love. Anger (and all other emotions) are biological responses – you have a choice in how to act on that anger. You can be angry and still be love. Some of the most loving acts come from a place of anger. Anger at injustice. Anger at mistreatment. Anger at violence. On the other hand, anger can turn to resentment, bitterness, ugliness. Dwelling in anger, living in that cesspool of negative emotions, swimming in the deeps and never coming up for air, that’s where the danger lies.
And that’s where this project comes in.
You can embrace the anger and despair and hopelessness as part of you and still look for the light. You can read the newspaper in all of its gloom and doom and still feel hope when you read about a random act of kindness. You can search out the candle in the darkness.
My hope for you is that you can figure out a way to balance it all. To feel the anger and despair and not drown in it. To act in love in all things. To use the prompts to make the simple things meaningful. To make some cool art. To ease your world-weary heart, even if it’s only for a minute.
OKAY. Now onto week 3!
Love is the people’s power.
Shakti is the divine feminine. She is the mother goddess. She is the power of creation (imaginative and literal). She is mother nature in all of her beauty and all of her fury. As an idea, shakti is power. It’s the power of the written word. It’s the power of meaning behind words. It’s the power of mantra. It’s ability and strength and effort and might.
Again, with the breath, feel shakti in the motion. Feel the power in the smallest muscular movements as the inhale becomes the exhale and the exhale becomes the inhale. Focus on the love in those spaces between the inhale and exhale, let it fill you. Embrace Shakti, the concept of divine feminine, the maternal, the nurturing, the unconditional love. Embrace it on your inhale, let it fill your lungs, your cells, your very being. Release it on the exhale, pour it out into the world.
Never discount the power inherent in love. It has the ability to change lives, to change everything.
I have meditations for you this week!
This one is a little long (and the intro is also pretty long), but, if you can make it through, it’s pretty lovely.
This one is just music, but it’s a great accompaniment for just sitting and chanting a mantra, either out loud or in your head. A couple of simple ones: “I am filled with the power of love,” and “I am love.”
(Take or leave the whole “composed at 432 Hz” theory – there are a lot of different thoughts on the matter, but some say it resonates with your heart chakra. I don’t know whether to believe it or not, but, hey, can’t hurt, right?)
Ways to work with the prompt:
- Journal about power, the divine feminine, motherly love, the power of words.
- Meditate on the power of love/Shakti
- Explore the concepts of creation energy, the power of words, power in general, the active power of the divine.
- Use any of these quotes:
- “Love is the people’s power” – Tupac
- “Power is of two kinds: one is obtained by the fear of punishment and the other by acts of love.” – Ghandi
- “We must discover the power of love, the power, the redemptive power of love.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
- “There is no greater power than the power of love, which arises from Presence. It overcomes all resistance.” – Leonard Jacobson
- Acknowledge that you are powerful because you are love <3
Here’s your timelapse video!
Until next week <3