LETTERS FROM LOVE — With Special Guest Tererai Trent!
On big and little hungers
Hello, Family! Welcome back to LETTERS FROM LOVE! You are all beautiful and I love watching you crack your own hearts open to the miraculous power of your own loving voices. I keep thinking about what the great teacher Ram Dass used to say — that after all the dust of the ego settles down, and all the commotion, we are left with nothing but a sense of incredible tenderness for the experience of life. That’s what I feel, reading your letters: incredible tenderness.
In my video this week, I talk more about the magic of speaking to ourselves with endearments, and why that can feel so awkward at first. And I will also talk about the difference between our Little Hungers and our Great Hungers — as explained to me by the magnificent Dr. Tererai Trent, who generously shared her own Letter from Love this week!
Off we go!
Dear Love: What would you have me know today?
Slow down, little firefly. Just please, a tiny bit, please do yourself a favor and slow down.
It’s okay every once in a while not to accomplish all the things. Don’t make accomplishment into your God. You are not being graded on your life, dear child. There is no hall monitor. You are not required to show your work. You are not required to provide a list at the end of each day with each item neatly checked off — although I know that’s a thrill for you, when it does happen. But it’s a small thrill, and a passing one. Your desire to get everything done and to make everyone happy and to earn a good grade while you’re at it is what your friend Tererai Trent might call “Little Hungers.” Your Little Hungers, she taught you, are your urges for immediate gratification and validation, your passing wants and petty cravings. There is nothing intrinsically wrong with your Little Hungers (they are part of life) but they will never satisfy you. If anything, they will take you off your true path.
What did Tererai teach you this week? She told you to lean into your Great Hunger. What does your soul really long for, my little horse, standing in a meadow under the gray dawning sky? Beyond accomplishments, big or small — what is your Great Hunger? Beyond the small concerns of the day. Beyond the wish for validation and attention. Beyond your thoughts and regrets. My love, my love — please take some time today and just sit with me. Feel for me, and find me. It is my wisdom that you ultimately hunger for, not just efficiency, productivity, and praise. Your Great Hunger is to know the divinity of Love. To know the kind of Love that is not just a passing show, that can never be lost or taken away, that does need to be earned, and that cannot die.
Come to me for this. Slow down for this. Take time from your hustle and allow my voice to find you. Not every day is meant to be the same. Even the ocean has tides. Slow down today. Become quiet, become curious. What will happen next? What will unfold? Sit with me, and witness the unfolding. This week you will see friends you have not seen in years: who have they become? You will see new scenery. You will meet new trees, new birds. The sweetness of strangers. Don’t miss out on the gifts that are hidden within this time, my angel, because you are too busy keeping on top of things. Let me take care of you. I’ve got you. I’m right here. Love is here. Be very still now. Take a full breath, child. Another. There you go. Here we are.
I love you.
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