goodness, gracious me

21 Jul

My small fractal self is a real thing.  I am here in the flesh, learning how to walk the path of marga.  and even if she is infinitely small in one sense, she is also infinitely large experiencing itself the only way it can through her – as she learns to say yes to her very own journey.

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Ophanic Eyelash

more and more I find my choices are more in line with true self love rather than the version i had been employing for most of my life.  moving in the direction of joy or what feels good is so antithetical to the mistaken idea of goodness that many of us carry around.  corners of a square of dark chocolate with sea salt, a gentle nuzzling with the kitty who sits at our front door, grass and sand under my soft feet, watching a movie with chloe, napping when needed, tasting the irish breakfast tea in my cup, switching midstream from a plan to a more open flow.  it isn’t very complicated.

i love my daughters as naturally and openly as anything i’ve experienced thus far – my dividing cells that helped create them still ache deep inside me while inside them.  it aches in a spot I cannot touch to be a parent.  Yet i can see how their own lack of self love causes their suffering.  the tenderness i extend so naturally to them has been such a great teacher for the tenderness i so naturally can chose to extend to myself.

there are many places that i haven’t gone this summer so far that not long ago i would have made myself go.   the shoulds again, I repeat myself.  there are places we go for all sorts of reasons.  religious ceremonies that we do not wish to attend.  reunions, parties, visits to relatives.  each time these invites or offers came up, i sensed my knee-jerk impulse of should.  I should go.  I should be there.  I should allow my ex mother-in-law to stay at my house. Something made me stop and check in with myself.  do i feel like it?  i have a long history of pleasing – and finally – it is clear – i please myself.

i please myself.

this is good.

pleasing myself is good.

Slowing down to kindergarten language…why?  Because at first, stepping away from pleasing others feels wrong to some of us.  The things I have stepped away from in the past few years triggered my conditioning – my living a life in part, a big part, as an expression of the expectation of others.

I don’t mind saying this – this newbie admission – because it is so powerfully true – and can crop up over and over.

There are polar reactions to the statement I please myself.  Either, right on sister – pleasing you is what is good for you and the world.  Or a thought that I am on a path of pure selfishness.  The thought that thinks I am selfish thinks selflessness is virtuous.

What is selflessness?  Not doing what pleases me, reducing my joy.  My state of loss makes me feel small and cut off from the flow of all life.  Selflessness is me refusing to be here and live a life of my choosing where I am lost in a dream of my smallness.  The state of confusion and loss is infectious – the virus of resistance!

What is the wrongly perceived selfishness?  If I do what pleases me, I am in a state of joy.  My state of joy is larger and more open to the flow of all life.  I am here, as i chose to be, living a life of my choosing, and that is big beyond the self.  That state of joy is infectious – the virus of YES!

saying no to the long drive and awkward gathering with others with whom I am out of sync felt delicious.  Saying no to the house guest was generous.  Generous to me!   the outfall that came toward me from other people didn’t phase me a bit.  the guilt trip language of others has become so transparent.  without any guilt in me for doing my divinely given mission – pleasing myself – no guilt can stick.  hallelujah.

where does this lead?

to more good.

goodness, gracious me 🙂

19 Responses to “goodness, gracious me”

  1. Michael July 21, 2013 at 5:49 pm #

    Thank you for a great post on an important and challenging subject. We are all drowning in should’s and they don’t really lead to anywhere other than nowhere- the place we end up when we’re not living the life we feel called to live in our own hearts. I find that changing past patterns can be a really challenging one. Your reference to no longer attending a religious gathering, perhaps one that at one time filled you up, but which now feels like a chore, or a “should”, is something I can relate to. It doesn’t (in my case) demean or discredit the past, but it is indeed a testament to change, growth, evolution, whatever… The flow keeps flowing… Keep on keepin’ on… Michael

    • marga t. July 22, 2013 at 1:23 am #

      Thank you, Michael, for your deep and connecting words. Joyfully keepin’ on in that flow! (also, thanks for a great reminder to check into your corner, again!)

  2. Kelly Kuhn July 21, 2013 at 6:25 pm #

    I relate to this post so much! I’ve also struggled many times with the fears of being selfish. After a friend was unable to convince me that being selfish is a good thing (and that I’m not capable of being selfish in the worst definition of it), she urged me to find other self- words to use instead, like self-sufficient, self-empowering, and self-caring. That helped me quite a bit.

    Thanks for this post!

    • marga t. July 22, 2013 at 1:26 am #

      Great word alternatives – i like Self-caring! Cleaning out the shoulds beneath the shoulds beneath the shoulds and beneath all that – wide open space! Enjoy your kitty time – they grow quickly. 🙂

  3. smallpebbles July 21, 2013 at 8:05 pm #

    Sounds very freeing……wheeee!

  4. prewitt1970 July 22, 2013 at 4:10 am #

    Finding the strength to love and forgive ones self is a beautiful and terrifying journey. My hat’s off to you Ms. The gift of self love to ourselves is the greatest gift we can give others.
    Namaste
    Benjamin

    • marga t. July 22, 2013 at 8:58 pm #

      And it’s about time!
      So wonderful to have Benjamin perspective.

      • prewitt1970 July 22, 2013 at 9:04 pm #

        Well I think your brilliant, brave and wondrous
        Best things to you
        Benjamin

      • marga t. July 22, 2013 at 9:10 pm #

        So kind are you – i accept that beautiful juju and i spread it around and back over your head in a shower of love without separation. Hope this helps ease your pain a little bit this tough afternoon!

      • prewitt1970 July 22, 2013 at 10:22 pm #

        Many thanks

  5. lauriesnotes July 22, 2013 at 5:32 am #

    Yay. I said no to riding in a van with my mother-in -law to a funeral in another state.. and no to sending my husband when I am tired out.. without even thinking twice.. I was so thankful I am not numbed out with my eating disorder that would have allowed me to do what I thought I should. My heart was happy reading this.
    Love –
    Laurie

    • marga t. July 22, 2013 at 8:59 pm #

      Yay to the nay sisters! 🙂 Heart happy here too!

  6. Erik Andrulis July 22, 2013 at 7:18 pm #

    Delicious. Peace on Earth, Ik

    • marga t. July 22, 2013 at 9:02 pm #

      peace within every gyre, Ik, if my smaller self understands 🙂

      my typo of peach was fun!

  7. Awake July 23, 2013 at 11:26 pm #

    Just a Big Yes Marga T!!

  8. britlight July 24, 2013 at 5:08 pm #

    Love reading this so very much!

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