"So the next time you encounter fear, consider yourself lucky. This is where the courage comes in. Usually we think that brave people have no fear. The truth is that they are intimate with fear."

(excerpt from When Things Fall Apart, by Pema Chodron)

A while back I was criticized by a former mentor of mine about how open I was in my blog during my trip to India. At first I was taken a back and started to question if maybe it isn't such a good idea to be so open and honest about one's personal experience and feelings. Especially on the wave of many emotions that evoke from such a deep and challenging practice...and the process that one goes through at AYRI.
But then...I wised up...and was like that's absolutely ridiculous...I'm not saying its for everyone to blog about personal experience, but I don't agree with what I was told...and right now I'm tried of 'fronts'...I don't feel the need to hide behind anything anymore. This is coming from someone who has always been very private and many times closed...and I'm proud of myself for letting go and letting loose and being honest about my fears and my doubts...and open to share my triumphs and breakthroughs.
There have been many times in my life where I felt I was alone in my experience and I would tuck it away acting as if it wasn't part of the fabric of my life. But that doesn't serve me anymore. Because when you peel the layers and come closer to your true self it doesn't matter. Why not be transparent? Why not be honest and stand in your truth? That's why I'm here. Isn't that why we're all here?...To shine and stand in the beauty of who we are with all our perfect imperfections. Without knowing and connecting to our can we be truly happy? I dunno...just a thought...

2 Insightful Comments:

Tracy said...

Right On Girl!
I say "Speak your Truth" for those that cannot or will not..are hiding behind themselves for fear of..maybe that they are Human and then what???
I don't know...
that is a question I cannot answer.
Be real, Be Now, Be true to who you are~Then you are truly living!
Shanti my friend~

(0v0) said...

Dawn, I have been reading for months and felt your openness was an inspiration. At the same time, you have actually chosen not to reveal many specifics--these pages have been open without being confessional. Your beauty and bravery are such a delight. Thank you for writing.


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