Monday, January 11, 2010

Come in from the Cold in Life


As I was about to run recently, I decided to listen to a tape I hadn't heard in years by Joni Mitchell entitled Night Ride Home. Now, usually, I run with some upbeat, jammin' music, but for some reason, I guess subconsciously, I needed to connect to her words and melodies which I've always found to be very deep and thought provoking. One song had the line "What I've always wanted was just to come in from the cold," which resonated through me with a message that compelled me to write to you about this concept.

From many perspectives, isn't this what we all really want in life? To finally just come in from the cold? Within ourselves, to come in from a cold existence where there are so many things we don't like about who we are . . . to the warmth of self acceptance, self love . . . To leave the cold and bitter mindset of what we are not, to the loving place that embraces all of the wonder of who we are?

Can you feel the shift right now if you were to just allow yourself to come in from the cold? To let down your old walls of self doubt and limitation, and warmly wrap your arms around your true self, the God-essence that runs through us all?

And in regard to relationship to another, the story is the same whether you've been with a partner for 50 years or 50 days, many of us have felt the desire to be embraced, to come in from the cold, distant relationship we've experienced to one of safety, warmth, acceptance. Do you feel on some level a frustration with the coldness that surrounds your heart? The coldness that surrounds your partner's heart? Could you look into your partner's eyes with love and be vulnerable, to ask if they would bring you in from the cold? Could you lovingly ask your partner to reconnect with you and to come into the warmth of your open heart? Could you ask them to come in from the cold?

I ask you to just sit and think about the concept. If it feels too far fetched, wait a little while and revisit this writing. Print a copy and put it away from a few days. Share it with your partner and see if they are open to a new way of experiencing who you are. If they are not, you still can mentally "bring them in from the cold" every day and enjoy the fact that your heart is warm enough and big enough for the both of you.
If you believe this article can help someone you know, please pass it on.Search. Grow. Love.

Slow down, love, peace, Rev. David

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