I'm grateful this morning to sleep in and start the morning in meditation. I'm grateful for the dreams of nakedness last night that showed me my fear of vulnerability in different situations. I think we've all had those dreams of being naked somewhere public but this dream was new for me as I went through a series of tasks with my only alternative choice being a towel to hold up, leaving one arm occupied. I woke in tears of frustration and judgement and as I laid there interpreting the dream and my tears, I recognized two distinct choices. I can go through my day giving only half of myself and only accomplishing some of what I am capable of but maintain a certain level of protection for who I am or I can be exposed and fully myself, standing in my truth no matter what and free myself to tackle all the tasks that require me to be fully exposed. I'm grateful for this dream and for my strong emotional reaction to it that invited me to take more time in my interpretation of it. I'm grateful for the ways it showed me both the things I love about myself and the aspects I struggle with sometimes. I'm grateful that in my sadness I was able to return back to my core truths, this picture that began it all. I am strong. I am beautiful. I am whole. I am safe. I am enough. I'm also grateful for the lavender oil I keep on hand that's soothing smell calms and clears my mind for better thinking. I'm grateful to be surrounded by love. Will I shed the towel and fully live my life in the naked vulnerability of being myself? The truth is, I already work at that each day. This challenge is nothing new. Don't we all make the choice each day, in each situation to either speak our truth or stay in a towel? As with everything, despite how the dream appeared, this world provides shades of grey. I'm grateful to speak my truths in a loving way so that those whom are ready may hear. I'm grateful to be me. I'm grateful to see the world and interpret it through my understanding and truths. I'm grateful for this level of vulnerability. And I'm grateful for more and more people being willing to speak their truth in love. What truth will you speak today? When do you let your own towel fall and embrace your own naked truth? May you all have a beautiful day filled with loving support for your truths.
I believe the way to a better future starts with gratitude today.