Thrivin’ Tuesday: Love. Crazy Love. [Podcast]

by Dian Reid-Jancic· Follow Dian on

This morning as I think about Thrivin’ Tuesday, this is the second week in a row where things aren’t going as I’d planned. Jackson decided that my voice recorder was a chew toy—after all, I did leave it out on the couch for him as a gift. So the experience I bring you today is more written than verbal, actually all written, although there is a short bit of audio that gives you the sound of the ocean one morning last week when I went to just capture the sound. My hope is that it will soothe you the way it’s soothes me this morning as I listen to it while I type.

But before I get to that, let’s stop for a moment and breathe. Sit up with your back comfortably straight and your feet flat on the ground in front of you. As you breathe in, be mindful of filling your lungs completely with new, fresh air. Don’t hold it in, but allow the breath to be deep and natural. As you release, be mindful to empty your lungs completely. Let this be your morning cleanse, allowing your lungs to breathe out the sleepiness of waking up (even if you’ve already had a dose of ‘get up and go’), and breathe in the love to your waking soul. Breathe in again, deep and slow and full. Breathe out natural and mindful and complete. Breathe in again, rinsing your lungs with fresh, morning air, and then breathe out again, knowing you can bring yourself back to this cleanse at any time during the day.

As for today’s visualization, it’s short and to the point, some might even call it sweet. When you close your eyes, embody love. No instruction, no right way, no wrong way. Just think about what it means to embody love as you go through your day.

Today’s quote comes to us from a wise man who spoke of peace, community, and ultimately, love:

Love is real, real is love,
Love is feeling, feeling love,
Love is wanting to be loved.
Love is touch, touch is love,
Love is reaching, reaching love,
Love is asking to be loved.
Love is you,
You and me,
Love is knowing,
We can be.
Love is free, free is love,
Love is living, living love,
Love is needing to be loved.

~ John Lennon

My blogoshpere has recently stood up and taken notice of itself in a way that’s called us all forth. Jeanne documents a month with her mother in raw, loving truth. Julie bows down to love. Amy reveals a hard truth and asks, What is my part in this? Angela reveals herself and seeks her own truth in her continuing revelation.

There is so much that is significant in all of this and I’m still trying to get a handle on what exactly it is. I feel a strong sense that we’ve looked at love as a tired jar of stale honey sitting in the corner. We’ve allowed the surface to harden and make us think that love is no longer useful. It’s for people who would rather dream than live in the real world. Well I live in the real world, and you do, too. And you know what’s missing?

More love.

Crazy love.

Love is all we need. Love lifts us up where we belong. Love is a many splendored thing.

Love that’s not sappy and tired, sweet honey in a jar. But love that holds fiercely to truth and dignity. Love that holds us accountable for who we are and who we’re becoming (and who we’re teaching our children to become).

There’s so much more to this, and my mind is foggy and not allowing me to speak what I really want to say. Maybe that’s it. It’s not about what I really want to say; it’s about tapping into your own source and allowing her to reveal your truth of what must be told.

The thing is, I really don’t know what to write here, I just know that I’m beside myself with rawness and feeling incomplete. And yet, I know I’m naturally creative resourceful and whole and will figure out everything that needs to come to me, as it always does. So how do we thrive in lovecrazy love—even when we feel raw and incomplete?

We seek it out, one foot in front of the other, I guess … how about you?

Here’s 5-ish minutes of ocean waves lapping the shore to contemplate that:

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  • Thanks so much for mentioning me – and placing me in such good company – in your beautiful post!

    • Well, thanks so much for putting yourself out there and asking us to reflect the mirror back upon ourselves, rather than pointing a finger at “them” without acknowledging our own part.

  • Mrswhich

    It’s everywhere around me now, this thinking, these words. In the blogs you mention and so many others I catch, in the books I am handed and even the conferences I attend for work. We are circling, circling, and it’s all so familiar and compelling. Thank you for helping to start giving it words.

    • Thanks Mrs. Which =) I’d love to see the words you put to it, yourself … now that there are words, I wonder what actions will arise?

      • Mrswhich

        My words are often less literal, I like to experiment with moments http://mrs-which.blogspot.com/ I would love if you read any of my posts from the past year.

        • a reminder for me to get back over there and read a bit … it HAS been a while … =)

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