“To love is to recognize yourself in another.”
― Eckhart Tolle
Last night I dreamed I was a gymnast. Performing at the Olympics for the world to see. I remember balancing on the beam and swinging on the poles. I felt alive, flexible, and young.. oh so young!
This week, I was focusing on definitions, and how we tend to let others define who we are, or how we live by the stories we tell ourselves. I shared this quote on my Facebook Page:
“Give up defining yourself — to yourself or to others. You won’t die. You will come to life. And don’t be concerned with how others define you. When they define you, they are limiting themselves, so it’s their problem. Whenever you interact with people, don’t be there primarily as a function or a role, but as the field of conscious Presence. You can only lose something that you have, but you cannot lose something that you are.”
– Eckhart Tolle in A New Earth
According to the LIKES and stats, this quote affected many of you. Like I was saying in my last post, I will NOT let anyone define who I am anymore. No no! However, the thought of how I define myself came to mind. Because, being me is just that, being me. No definitions really.. However, if I had to give myself one definition, it would be multidimensional, or Rainbow-Sheep! This is what I am. I am not one thing, not just a mom, not just a daughter, woman or friend. Not just a writer, interpreter or poet. Not just a human, or a spirit, but really a spirit in a human body.
When asked the question to my followers they came up with:
An enigma (I’m still trying to figure me out), lighthearted, evolving and fun, plus playful and wise! Those are honest answers, thus ring true. However, I think we are all multidimensional don’t you think? We have all those qualities in ourselves: lightheartedness, playfulness.. etc.. and even being an enigma is good! Just to begin to know yourself, on all sides, is seed of spiritual growth.
So when the dream of gymnast came up! I thought wow.. How flexible is that? If you look to define: gymnast or gymnastics, look at the wonderful adjectives:
gym·nas·tics http://img.tfd.com/m/sound.swf (jm-nstks) n.
a. (used with a pl. verb) Physical exercises designed to develop and display strength, balance, and agility, especially those performed on or with specialized apparatus.b. (used with a sing. verb) The art or practice of such exercises.2. (used with a pl. verb)a. Complex intellectual or artistic exercises: mental gymnastics.
b. Informal Feats of physical agility: had to go through gymnastics to cross the slippery walk.
Strength, balance, agility! I would also add flexibility!
I wanted to share this with you today, as I thought it could help you look at your own dreams. What theme comes up most often? Who are you in your dreams? What characters or professions come up when dreaming of other people.
Because, don’t forget, when we dream of other people, we are usually dreaming of ourselves, meaning that the person represents an aspect of yourself (or aspects) as we all are mirrors of ourselves, the good and the bad.
Love and light,
Share your thoughts with me in the comment section. What is your definition of self?
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