“What if you knew that the impulse to move in a way that creates beauty in the world will arise from deep within and guide you every time you simply pay attention and wait?
How would this shape your stillness, your movement, your willingness to follow this impulse…”
– Oriah Mountain Dreamer
Each of us has an innate ability to create beauty. The expression of this beauty may happen through art, music, cooking, baking, the creation of a garden, dance or numerous other ways in which we share ourselves with the world.
There is immense beauty in how we support each other on this journey through life. A smile can lift a heavy heart, a helping hand can lessen a burden, a willing ear can facilitate emotional release.
When the impulse to support rises from deep inside of you, heed the call. Beauty is created when we follow our inner impulses to make a difference in our world.
There will be times of stillness and times of movement in how we support. How will we know when to be still and when to move? We ask. ‘May I support you on the next part of your journey?’ If the answer is yes, ask: ‘How would you like me to support you?’
We are all different and therefor our needs are different too. If we shift our focus from helping to supporting, it can shift our mindset from helplessness to empowerment. Rushing in to help without taking a moment to be guided as to what support is needed, may create frustration for both individuals.
When we need support, we are not helpless. We may be tired, ill, overwhelmed or stressed. Support during these times, can assist us to connect deeply to our needs and support us in becoming receptive.
Beauty is not always pretty. I learned this phrase from my best friend and it has aided me in understanding that support is not pandering or rushing in to rescue, soothe or mediate. Authentic support requires the ability to be present, open-hearted and the honest communication of our truth.
Beauty is present both in the acknowledgement of our humanness and the authentic giving and receiving of support.