You Are My Other Self
“You are my other self” ~ traditional Toltec greeting
Before each encounter
Allowing Toltec wisdom to wash away
Fears of being rebuffed or of overwhelming?
Might everyday interactions become valued affairs
Rather than ordeals to endure?
I envisioned hearts sharing the same tender beat?
Might compassion and patience take precedence when going about my daily tasks
Unveiling another’s brightness by honoring them with my best?
When self-absorption engulfs
And I fail to acknowledge those around me
Please jar my senses
Guiding me back to what matters most
Be it a smile, helping hand, or chipper word
Thereby enriching my own
You are my other self
Dedicated to my treasured readers.
Thanks for your vitalizing support — my heart is full because of YOU! 😘
(💗Post inspired by M.J. Ryan’s life-enhancing book, 365 Health and Happiness Boosters💗)
*Photo: Temple of Zeus — Athens, Greece
So touching and wise. Thank you Shauna for sharing your compassionate heart and bright light. Indeed, may we see and honor the tender hearts in each other, pausing to let go the little self to find the joy of big self united in love. 🙂
Once again, you so eloquently summarize my message, Dear Brad. Thanks for your friendship — and for being one of my earliest WP connections! Your amazing support fills my heart each and every time!!
The feeling is mutual. Thanks Shauna.
Right back atcha, Cleopatra. You and your radiance and generosity make me cry, LL. Thank you so much for the uplifting and heartening gift of this and so many other posts–stunners all. As are you. Love the Toltec greeting–will be using it as a new mantra. love you, Chloe
Oh, My Dearest Mighty Dancing Life Role Model — How do I count the ways I adore & appreciate the treasure of your ever-lofty supportive love??? With a dance quote, of course!!! Every time I stumble, I picture you out on that stage, pouring out heart and soul and everything in between — and I instantly find my footing again… 💗💃🏼
“Dance, when you’re broken open. Dance, if you’ve torn the bandage off. Dance in the middle of the fighting. Dance in your blood. Dance when you’re perfectly free.” ~Rumi
Hard to imagine you stumbling as you are such an embodiment of grace, my friend. I am honored by your comment and LOVE the Rumi quote. xoxo
This was so touching and aware. We have all experienced when “self-absorption engulfs”. Thank you for this reminder to think differently 🙂
Thank you for your presence and kindness here, Dear Kimberly — and for your latest blog post that speaks volumes in its eloquently profound truths!!!
What a warm, Heart touching post, Shauna. I can feel your generosity of spirit through your words, tenderly embracing my Heart as I read what you wrote. If we all could just think how truly we are ONE, how better this world would become. Beautiful post, my friend. Love, Amy ❤
One by one, perhaps we can better our world, Sweet Amy! Connecting with you and sharing in your beautiful words AND stunning photographs has most certainly improved mine!!!! Love & Hugs to you 🌺
What an amazing quote! It inspired my post for today! Thank you for sharing your love. xoxo
Hello Lovely Lady, I hope you don’t mind I cut and pasted a portion of your post so I could enjoy your uplifting sentiments again and again…Thank YOU! Have a fabulous weekend! 😘
“…to see all of life as an adventure, an opportunity to explore + discover every single second of every day. to live mindfully, intentionally, and with the expectation that miracles and amazing things are happening. in a world such as ours, we need this vision. we need this way of living completely in the moment, accepting who we are + where we are, and completely willing to bend and flex with the flow with the universe… to allow ourselves to deepen + widen + heighten. to become enlightened and evolve. what an incredible way to experience life!” ~ Liz
Your writing inspires me to be a better human being. Thank You for that 🙂
I’m beyond grateful for one of the nicest compliment I’ve ever received! Sending you positive energy and so much LOVE for your life journey, Dear Apoorva!!! 💞
Hi Luggage Lady. That is nice. Thank you for liking my poem The Violin! Best Wishes. The Foureyed Poet.
I will try to pause more, this is such a moving and thoughtful message. I hope to “bridge spirits” as you described the process so well. Thanks for this today. It meant a lot. Smiles, Robin
Thank you so much, Dear Robin. YOUR gracious presence here means a lot to me!! 🌺
How can a pretty lady like you even think that someone could rebuff you? You are the greatest and you write great thoughts.
What a lovely thing to say! And I’m enjoying your magical photography!! SO happy to connect with you…