In 2011, Molly Beauregard, a sociology professor at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, offered a groundbreaking new course: “Consciousness, Creativity and Identity”. Rooted in the academic literature of identity studies, Beauregard’s class was unique in offering students the chance to experience meditation first-hand. Alongside a traditional and rigorous syllabus, her course also integrated silence and reflection, providing students not only with an introduction to the discipline, but an opportunity to learn for the sake of self-discovery. The results were transformative.
Feeling and knowing often exist as two separate realms of experience. The existence of this separation is often the root of our personal suffering. How do we create coordination between feeling and knowing?
Meditation creates connection between our feeling selves and our knowing selves. This, in turn, creates harmony in action by allowing our intuition (feeling selves) to support our evaluative reasoning (knowing selves). ... See MoreSee Less
You are not the only one who deals with messy situations. You are not alone in the discomfort of feeling less-than. Have you ever noticed when you ask about love, people respond to you with a story of heart break? We find it easier to talk badly about ourselves than to see how worthy we are of love and security. Something I have learned in my adult-life is that not all people know how to connect. And I mean, really connect. In order to truly connect, we have to allow ourselves to be seen. I have been guilty of not being able to let go of who I think I SHOULD be in order to who I AM. I have felt scared and shameful to lean in to my discomfort and see my worth. Seeing how worthy we are is hard. When we drop our walls and open our doors to our authentic being, we shine a light that is honest. We begin to risk feeling disappointed rather than choosing to live disappointed. The light uncovers all our bullshit, it shows our scars - which are much easier to talk about than show - and we begin to be the author of our book rather than a character in some story. Living in this courage is not easy. It’s actually incredibly hard. Becoming vulnerable allows you to connect and grow compassion for yourself. This is how we are wired and why we are here. Let yourself be seen my loves. You are imperfect and wired neurologically for struggle but you are worthy of love and belonging. Do not numb yourself to these things.
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