One of my favorite all time quotes is this big long beautiful one by Marianne Williamson, of which this is the most poignant-and-straight-to-my-heart snippet:
“As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
Of a million potential and perfect applications, I love thinking of this in terms of a woman being brave enough to let loose her amazingness from the inside of her infinite heart. I told this to my yoga class this week at Tease Studio in Denver. Rock what you’ve got. Because if you rock what you’ve got, meaning you accept yourself and you love yourself and you are proud of the good things in your heart and your ability to love, then you “unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.” If you rock what you’ve got, you give the girl on the next mat over permission to rock what she’s got. And if she rocks what she’s got, then tomorrow while running errands she’s going to “unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.” Strangers will be more sure of themselves and compassionate towards themselves and towards others’ hearts. It becomes this exponential ripple effect of authenticity, of loving who you are and loving who everyone else is, expanding our heart-size (thanks, Grinch), spreading our heart’s capacity to love. Liberate from fear and liberate others’ from their fears. You and we are all beautiful. Think and love boldly, authentically, and proudly.
(The painting above is called “Mend Me” by the artist Julia Di Sano)