We had a training day for my Warriors of Love yeat long training program yesterday, that’s Sunday for the rest of my readers who don’t live in Australia. Embarrassingly due to lack of sleep, I fell asleep twice in the theoretical section of the day. But towards the end of the day, we did an amazing exercise on Belonging – as in what was our belief’s that had us not fully belong in a group of over 30 people and what did we think was the core belief of the group that prevented it.
There was an amazing range of reasons offered, some people spoke easily, others did not comment at all. For myself, my bugbear “If they truly knew how unlovable I was they would hate me” was my offering. Others covered I am afraid to shine because I will be cut off at the knees too, I can’t bring all part of my life here. They were as many and varied and unique as the diverse individuals in the group.
When we moved on to the group ethos it tied into fear of what would our lives be like if we actually achieved this. The thought crossed my mind that my worrisome and sometimes anxious identity would have to die. So what has the world said about belonging, what stops or creates a sense of community, let’s have a look:
1. Who else could we start this with but a classic Brene Brown quote?
2. As children, we will try anything because everything is a new experience, and we belong to them all: Adventure of a Lifetime.
3. British film director Anthony Minghella powerfully states the control these thoughts have over us.
4. I totally get where actor James Caan is coming with this statement: Hey Ho.
5. Not just students: children, mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, girlfriends, boyfriends, lovers, ex-lovers, etc. etc.
6. I think William should have called them the superpowers: Superpower.
7. Wonder (curiosity), self-discovery, problem-solving, interaction, exploration, and play—that’s what Bev Bos taught me. Reading and writing come after these approaches to learning are established. Children learn best when they can make their own choices and set their own goals.
8. The entertainment industry is featuring heavily in this blog, musician Tom Petty directs us towards our freedom spot: Freedom.
9. That’s how powerful your story is – speak kindly to yourself.
10. More Brene, Self Love 101: Love Myself.
11. And from outside Western civilization comes proof this is a worldwide search.
12. Being the daughter of famous parents may have something to do with this quote, Gail’s mother was Lena Horne: Stormy Weather.
13. Belonging has many different meanings.
14. Being the best or most extreme example of its kind. “the ultimate accolade”: Ultimate.
15. The final lesson for today is this image because I loved it so much.
I like adding one of my friends Marc and Angel Chernoff, who wrote 1000+ Little Things Happy Successful People Do Differently lists at the end of my blogs, I have found them extremely useful on my healing journey. Todays is entitled 10 TIMELESS lessons from a Life Well Lived:
- Happiness cannot be travelled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed.’
- Be a student of Life every day.
- Experience is the Best Teacher.
- Your Choice, Your Actions, Your Life.
- No one is “too busy.” It’s all about priorities.
- Be patient and tough. Someday this pain will be useful to you.
- It’s usually better to be kind than right.
- You can become a magnet for good things by wishing everyone well.
- Only you are in charge of your attitude.
- Satisfaction is not always the fulfilment of what you want.
Today’s playlist features Rock, Rap and Pop Diva’s. We begin with the rock of Coldplay and the Lumineers. Beyonce and Hailee Steinfeld are split by a classic Woodstock anthem from Richie Havens. The penultimate song returns to the time of World War Two from Lena Horne and we finish with a grungey rap number from Denzel Curry: There Is No House Like the House of Belonging!!!
I was thinking as we were standing in the completion circle of our Belonging process that if we achieve this it would be possible for the whole planet to come from Love and Respect for All, Everybody Included, my heart shuddered. Remember if you enjoy reading my musings you can sign up to receive them on the right-hand side of my home page. Until we meet again on the airwaves, my dear friends.