What have I eaten?
Lies and smiles.
We grow empty from giving and giving.
We grow weary from telling ourselves we don’t need to receive, or that we are never vulnerable. We become tired from the fake smiles and positive attitudes while the heaviness grows within.
So why is it so hard to receive?
The ancient Greeks had a structure they called the ‘Temenos.’ It was a four walled enclosure without a roof. The warriors would come in from the battlefield and remove their armour. The men would lie on their backs and open their hearts to the sky and receive what they needed.
How beautiful is that vision?
How these men allowed themselves to rejuvenate, to open and receive.
I have a practice to do this every day because like me, most of us are programmed to soldier on, keep it together and be strong.
I don’t buy into this anymore.
It’s a time to receive. A time to put down our armour.
To be with ourselves and acknowledge what we need.
Stay with this deep calling. Long enough to learn what it wants to teach you.
Long enough for your heart to open.