Hi! I am having a three-month exploration in Acapulco! I'm exploring personal freedom, and am healing and restoring myself from a brutal Western conditioning that -- temporarily -- disconnected me from my own wisdom and power. Okay, that's enough background for now.
Moving on... to the floor-length window in my bedroom that OPENS. Yet, I've been in this space for a week without realizing that! Because I come from a strange part of the world where many windows are not intended/designed to be opened! Fresh air? Who wants to be bothered with the nuisance of a natural breeze? No, we prefer our enviroments as artificial as possible.
And so, due to a repeated occurrence in my life (windows that don't open) I wrongly presumed the window in my room was just for show.
Here's the exciting (to me) part: WHAT CRACKED THE CONDITIONING OF MY MISTAKEN PRESUMPTION was being in my roommates' bedrooms, and luxuriating in the wonderful cross-breezes flowing through. So it occurred to me there was no justifiable reason why my room shouldn't also have windows that open! And sure enough, nearly effortlessly, it slid right open.
With a single finger, I had access not just to the most amazing breeze that makes AC absolutely unnecessary (average temp is 85F + sunny), but I also get a gorgeous soundscape of a water fountain and bird songs. This is a very mundane example, hopefully making it even more useful:
Love + Liberation,
The question "How are you?" is PROFOUND.
But it has been watered-down to a synonym for "Hello."
Forced or fake auto-responses of obligated okay-ness are expected.
(And if you are going through something tragic, it really doesn't matter! Every social encounter OPENS with this well-established Ritual of Insincerity.)
The question "How are you?" prompts an answer that begins with "I AM _____________."
This means many times each day, you are invited to SPEAK THE MOST POWERFUL STATEMENT that can be spoken of yourself.
And the socially-expected thing to do, is be QUICK + SLICK with your answer.
For a change... TAKE YOUR TIME, and tell your truth. ✍🏾