What are some of your universal truths? These are things that are authentic to you. What are things you have come to know as real and true? I have asked this question to my friends and family on facebook. Some of their responses were interesting…others missed the question. I ask myself this question daily. For the past year I have been going to see a therapist. Last year at this time I was in really bad shape. I was severely overweight, AGAIN. I was depressed for no reason. I was incredibly stressed by and overload of problems. They varied from financial hurdles to eve the smallest and simplest of day to day tasks. I was giving up. I started working with Anna at the Integral Counseling Center on Church Street. Right away I knew she was going to help me see things with more presence and clarity. One of the things that has made a huge difference for me, has been to define what is true for me and not letting the world, society, family or friends decide what should be true for me. My core values are my own and they need to be generated by me. After all I am the one they affect most. So this has been an interesting year of learning to stand up, fight back, and live more authentically. Today I want to appreciate the work that Anna and I have been doing. I have brought her a few cookies and candies from Trader Joe’s. I tell her to keep the ones she wants and then maybe give the rest to the other counselors that work here. All of it is a big thank you. She is excited about the project and the work we have done. It ends up being another helpful and great session.
When I focus on something that I believe to be one of these universal truths I experience it in a few ways. One of the most prominent ways that I recognize it is visualized in this painting. It is like light cutting through the darkness. When I talk about my project, for example, I know very clearly and directly what I want to do with it and what I want to get out of it. There is no distraction. No bullshit. I speak about it with love and excitement. I am clear. The project contains many things that I believe to be universal truths. Daily giving is a way to build community, appreciate the world around you, change my daily existence, and it helps me in more ways than I can even list here. Painting everyday has really made my life better. Love is a force of nature much like gravity. Time can be wasted but you have more of it than you think you do. Being present has moved me to do great things. There are many more things that I am learning about my truths. But this painting represents the feeling I get when I stand on one and experience all that I can. Thanks for listening to this long post. What are some of your universal truths?