Lessons in Higher Love: gratitude to you

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Yesterday I watched two of my favourite people in the Universe join in sacred union. These women have guided me for the last 12 years as an unstoppable unit of powerhouse positivity, and I couldn’t imagine my life unfolding without their intuitive influence, unconditional love and endless support. With so much gratitude for the joy and light you bring to my life, this is an ode to you, Jen and Kaye.

“We cultivate love when we allow our most vulnerable and powerful selves to be deeply seen and known, and when we honor the spiritual connection that grows from that offering with trust, respect, kindness and affection.

Love is not something we give or get; it is something that we nurture and grow, a connection that can only be cultivated between two people when it exists within each one of them – we can only love others as much as we love ourselves." -Brene Brown

Oh, love. You again. The thread that weaves it all together, this woolly jumper of Life that keeps me warm and snuggly. It is always love. I learned love quickly, blessed to be born in to a family of doting and generous human beings, I have experienced a life of full and rich cherishing. One special relationship, however, has really transformed my understanding of what it means to love and brought clarity to what it could look like. Your love made me a believer.

You both taught me to find my truth and blossom there. By offering your vulnerability, by owning what is true for you, by gathering the strength needed to battle the down days, you kept going, kept fighting, kept growing. By demonstrating your human-ness, you unconsciously allowed and encouraged me to feel accepted within my skin. That there was nothing to be afraid of when love is never too far away. That teaching, this unseen force of approval, has been pivotal in my own self acknowledgment and I honour you for showing your bravery and hope even when you felt weak or down, I thank you for showing your fear in times of transparency.

“To be fully seen by somebody, then, and be loved anyhow - this is a human offering that can border on miraculous.” - Liz Gilbert

You’ve given me the experience of witnessing devotion and acceptance. That love is not a game of how much, tit-for-tat, who does what and when, but a godly giving without expectations. You’ve shown me there is a time and place for letting go, but mostly that unconditional can endure. You choose love, even when there is a clashing between coexisting, or a family crisis or a prolonged bad moment - you elect love to lead. The greatest gift you bring to the world is the light of the love you bring in to it, the selfless giving to those around you and the willingness to participate in the higher power of your service. The rapture you capture your loved ones in. You’ve taught me what it means to be family, that its a matter of finding your tribe and loving them hard, no matter if you share the same blood. To adopt the mad ones and hear their story, to rescue those lost in the woods and provide them comfort, to modern-day Buddha the mundane moments and birth life to the stagnant.

You’ve shown me that speed bumps are a part of the grander love story, the lessons learned and the tables turned in turbulent times. That growth is a never ending class we take, that when we stop being curious or when we stop playing we stop living. You’ve reminded me time and time again not to take myself so seriously, that I can find God in gardening or feel ecstasy driving through the hills. I’ve tasted enlightenment in your food and felt peace in the comforting fibres of the magic carpet on the floor. You’ve taught me to feel home in the ocean and unquestionably content on a couch - all things I barely have the ability to achieve on my own in my scattered madness. You have demonstrated that life is for living and too short for anything less than a beautiful adventure.

“To lose balance sometimes for love is part of living a balanced

life.” - Liz Gilbert

You’ve shown me that love should make every day feel like Sunday. That there is not happy and sad days, just time enjoyed wasted and the glory of knowing that is how we should ultimately spend our time. You’ve given me the most potent shots of love in the simplest of situations. You’ve encouraged me to discover who I am, and how I need to be loved. The space you carve out for people to express in the way thats right for them is a downright celebration. I praise the peace you bring to situations, the fierceness you find in femininity, the freedom you create within boundaries of health and other human things. You show me that dreams can be lived in a cup of tea or a cuddle with a cat, and that life is all about the small moments, that they are the grand enchanted beautiful things to remember.

Thank you for showing up, for guiding me gently in to the direction of my truth, for exuberating positive energy in to this world, for slowing me down to seek serenity in the simple things.

Here’s to a new journey; one of togetherness, family and big magic.

 

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rawEmily Hassett