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Friday, April 1, 2011

fearLESS Friday...Beautiful, Brave People

"Nothing heals us like letting people know our scariest parts: When people listen to you cry and lament, and look at you with love, it's like they are holding the baby of you." Anne Lamott

All around me (and inside of me) lately there has been a swirl of intense energy.  Beautiful, brave people who are opening up to their pain, who are speaking about it and writing about it, who are so very afraid to reach out and "confess" that they are struggling but are doing it anyway.  

They are openly sharing that they are on their knees, that they do not know.  

They are openly asking for help. 

Their minds tell them they will appear weak and needy, that they really shouldn't show these scared parts, but they are doing it anyway.  

They are hearing those old, familiar voices that say they should be able to handle this on their own and they are reaching out anyway.

In their reaching out, in their not trying to appear any way but the way they are, in sharing their "dark" parts, they are allowing the light to pour in.  And out.  

I am over here, in my corner of the world, breathing this all in, allowing the intensity to move through me, so full of love for these beautiful, precious people (myself included) that, at times, I think my heart will burst wide open.  And, here's the thing, this time, I think I'll just let it burst...

I'm going to close with a quote by Dr. BrenĂ© Brown, I don't have any more words right now and she puts it so beautifully.

Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy—the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light. Dr. BrenĂ© Brown

Here's to letting the baby in us be loved and held.  Because I truly believe that's how healing happens.  And because the old ways just don't work anymore.

Happy weekend, beautiful, brave people.


  1. julia, i had a most interesting dream last night - a parking lot had been covered in a sheet of ice, and a small old man fell and hurt himself badly. though i was slipping and sliding myself, i was eventually able to make my way to him. i picked him up and carried him, and he cried in my arms like a baby. everyone looked at us like we were a crazy sight, but i didn't care. i sat and consoled him like i would a crying infant until help arrived, and when my mom came out of the store and saw me holding an old man, she was quite disturbed. i told her it was ok, that we all need to be coddled and consoled like babies at times.

    what an awesome synchronicity this post is! thank you for sharing.=)

  2. Precious Julia,

    This is so beautiful, really. I am beyond words reading this--seeing as how I was one of those people around you, in pain.

    What you don't say here, is that You, my gentle friend, have been a healer and a witness, encircling us and yourself with a love that comes to eminate from a precious soul willing to acknowledge the wisdom and the vulnerability in others and in themselves, and to see light above all, meeting the pain head on with pure love.

    You, my friend, are pure light. You are the Beloved, and your ability to open up energy and bring it to love, with your truth (even when it isn't easy to say it like it is) coupled with being all heart, is sacred and our return.

    I deeply honor you, as me, as you, as oneness.

  3. Oh, and Kelli, I so thank you for that beautiful story. Such sweetness and truth in just holding each other, no matter what.

  4. Julia, I love this post and I love your open heart. Thank you for reminding us how sweet it can be to let ourselves be held.


    And I agree with Brooke, Kelli. That was a lovely dream with an important truth. Good stuff, my friend. Good stuff.

  5. Thank you, Julia. You have expressed in words what I have been feeling in my heart. You have allowed me to go into the fear, let out my darkest parts, and feel unconditional Love and complete support in the process. Your ability and willingness to witness our pain and shine light upon us as we do this is such a gift that I cherish beyond words. I hope you know how beautiful you truly are. You have saved my Spirit, my dear friend. I love you.

  6. oh julia, that quote about the baby in us is AMAZING & oh so true!!! & i LOVELOVELOVE your
    painting!! oh my goodness, it is so beautiful!! i just love how you bring your real self to the table & in doing so invite ours. xoxox!

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  8. Thank you Julia, (and all of the beautiful souls in this magical circle of healing and truth) for all your words and encouragement. It is when we share our stories and know that we have the ability to acknowledge our past and have the freedom to break free and create our future, we can then walk the path of truth, fearlessness, and healing.

    "Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it." This sings to me.

  9. Julia... hello!

    It's Sunday afternoon, and the weekend draws gently to a close (I have a four hour rehearsal this evening!). I am in awe of your ability to meet others' pain with what Brooke calls pure love. The love I feel from you is as close to pure as I have ever known.

    Thank you. A thousand times, thank you.
    me xxx

  10. what a beautiful post and oh so beautiful painting. i love love!!!

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