Whatever Arises, Love That. This is the title of a book I’ve been reading, written by Matt Kahn. The premise is that we can love whatever comes into our presence, and by enveloping whatever it is with love, we can more easily grow through it and will ultimately experience a much more fulfilling life.
Have you ever had the pleasure of watching a child who was so excited to explore something new? The anticipation and eagerness of what is to come is so clearly shown in this one’s face. And it doesn’t appear as if there is any fear whatsoever in what she is about to experience. The way her father is gently and lovingly holding her is his way of saying, “Don’t worry, I’ve got you!”
Throughout history, we see many cultures, religions and traditions that reference some sort of spirit, power, or universal being that “has our back.” In my Christian upbringing, I was taught that God is always walking beside me as my support and strength. From Isaiah 46:4 & 5 we read, Listen to me, you descendants of Jacob, all the remnant of the people of Israel, you whom I have upheld since your birth, and have carried since you were born. Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.
That declaration should comfort us enough to move forward into new places and spaces with anticipation and glee! And yet, too often we are intimidated and fearful of things that are unfamiliar. This picture reminds us that new adventures can be exciting and exhilarating! At what point in our lives did we stop losing our delight in exploring something new and embracing what is right in front of us? Honestly, I am not sure I care when all that stopped for me. As I set my intention to love whatever comes into my awareness, I find much less fear and way more joy! And I find myself looking forward to more and more opportunities to learn and create and step into a new me. What a great place to be!
Whatever arises, love that. Pay attention to the situations, people, topics or events during your day that cause anxiety. Notice in your physical body whether there is tightness, shallow breathing, muscle cramps, or any other uncomfortable symptom. Take a few deep and slow breaths. Restate your intention to love. Slowly stretch and then relax each part of your body. Restate your intention to love.