I am trying to be in a relationship. Ha- "trying" to be, maybe that's the problem. Anyhow, I am noticing things. Noticing the places where I begin to feel uncomfortable. Noticing that these places are revealing a pattern. I often visualize the needing person, pulling, pulling, pulling. How unattractive that is. How it leaves no other option but to resist. This reminder gives me relief for a bit. Pulling is hard work. Then I settle back into the pulling. However, the awareness is growing and I am confident that standing upright will win out the more I practice.
Tonight I was noticing. I noticed how few texts I received from this new possibility of mine. I noticed how our chance meeting at the grocery store, his sweet interaction with the kids, resulted in no further reaching out tonight. I sat here and figured out all the reasons why: I was too pushy for sex and now everything's fucked. The sight of me flopped into a camping chair by the lake all day in my bathing suit was enough to send him packing. My awkward conversation starters, an attempt to break into him further, were off-putting and lame. My skin is too damaged, the up close make-out sesh was too gross- I'm better off being seen from a distance. As you can see, I have all the answers.
Then there's the me that isn't willing to listen to all that bullshit, she's my best girlfriend. She's the part of me that isn't going to let all that bullying settle in, make itself comfortable and sabotage what could very well be a good thing. She points out that he has, more than once, mentioned how captivating my eyes are. He has also made at least three future (we're talking a few months out) dates with me that I now have on my calendar. He has mentioned that our age difference is something I should think about, because in 20 years it will be much more noticeable. He has driven me the 30 seconds home to my mom's house every time I've come over, even though I've pointed out how easy it'd be for me to walk. He has treated me on every outing. He has defended my honor in a parking lot shenanigan. He talks to me endlessly. I mean, really. It would seem that the guy likes me.
Tonight I decided to explore a meditation that is intended to facilitate healing the parting of soul mates. My ability to descend into gut crushing sobbing at the loss of my marriage is so raw that I figured it couldn't hurt. Some of my inner commentary is new since he left, much of it is old, but there is some nasty new stuff. It has a lot to do with staying safe. I guess most of that crap is designed to keep a person safe, because at some point it made sense to protect myself using these shields. But over time they have devolved and become diseased and now just serve to keep me down, keep me quiet, keep me small. One of these barriers shows up like: offering my physical self while keeping my heart tucked away. It is DEFINITELY NOT SAFE TO SHARE YOUR HEART. Big ouchies are on the horizon if you do! Beware!
Surprisingly enough, keeping my heart out of things leads to those things being devoid of feeling and meaning. Those things that are not nurtured by the heart are the things that die. I have littered the past year and a half with hardly felt connections. A few of those men were certain I was the one. But they just couldn't quite get to me, They couldn't name what it was that was just out of reach, while I knew fully that I wasn't available for such grand gestures. I wasn't playing my full hand. No sir. Not gonna.
Anyhow, this meditation. I sat in my bright blue spinning computer chair with the meditation up on my computer screen. I reread it. I closed my eyes. I got grounded. I felt the heaviness of my body in the blue cushion, I felt the pressure of my feet on the carpet, I felt the chair against my bare back and I exhaled and sank in further. Then, I called out for her. She knows me better than anyone. She's gorgeous. She comes like a glowing hippy goddess from the edge of the woods and joins me in the meadow. This time she has a fawn with her. She is beaming, so happy to see me. We settle in the bright, new, soft grass. She looks to me. It occurs to me I just want to be held. For the briefest second I resist this- it's not written in the meditation. Then I figure if it came to me, I must need it, and so I ask her to just hold me for a moment. She does. I get small, curled into her lap, head resting on her chest. And then I lose it. I am sobbing. It's so sudden and so complete that I'm in a bit of awe at the shift. And so I sob, deep and fully. I feel like I could vomit from the heaving in my belly. This goes on for a few minutes before I'm finished. I had no intention of feeling all of that, and because I did I want to ask, "What in the hell was that?!" but I decide to trust in the process and keep moving forward, I tell her I want her help with some healing. I tell her I am open to more than just her help, if there are others then please, come help too. At that a breeze blows in the sweet smell of sugar pine and warmed grasses, the feeling of the sun becomes apparent on my shoulders and I am certain this is a response to my invitation. An image of my dad even appears, inviting me to be his daughter again and feel my sadness against him, to let him take my burden, to let him take care of me in ways he probably longs to. This brings on the tears again, but this time I can keep moving forward. In her lap still, sweet air in my nostrils and warmness covering my body, we explore the etheric cord that Ethan and I share. The cord is looking pitiful, to be honest. There is a weak golden light still moving through, connecting us. However it is badly damaged. Most of it is dark and decomposing. It pulses red and angry occasionally and when I have finally followed it to him, he is sitting on his beach, knees to his chest, looking sadly out onto the kelp littered bay. And so I begin to push bright, golden light from myself through to him. The light is powerful and strong. It heals and heals and heals all the way up to him where it is slowed momentarily from actually filling him because of a black plug just before his heart. But it gets him.
I don't want to say I know how this will manifest in my life. I do know I want to do this again and again. I want to heal and exist in a loving space that isn't cluttered with my past upsets and inability to live peacefully in his choices. I feel tired now. Lighter and heavier all at once.