People who have been to the edges of the earth and back, people on the ‘discovery’ (my word for recovery) path are not always the easiest people to make plans with — myself included. We might be working through a trigger, or experiencing exhaustion, or experiencing foul moods that warrant only the closest and longest-term friends and family members’ company — if that. Since any or all of these things may over-take us at any moment, we may be experienced as being unpredictable. The difference between this and someone who is irresponsible, in my opinion, is that we know this about ourselves and can even begin to celebrate it, and for god’s (the Universe’s) sake, warn people, as I am doing here, with this post; whereas, an irresponsible person will usually deny or try to alter this hard truth about themselves, making it a much more complicated affair to involve oneself with them.
My recent experience this weekend inspired me to appreciate the email dialogue below, which I had with a friend who is also on the recovery path with me lately. I share this with the added and important note that I have been on both sides of this conversation. I share it as a little slice of life, in the lives of us vibrant, (I will dare to say) delightfully-unpredictable and courageously-alive souls. I celebrate that it is hard to make plans with us (me), in the reality that I cannot possibly say yes to even a fraction of the things or people I want to say yes to. And, in this reality, I celebrate the amazingly beautiful and wonderful dialogues that take place over email, and on blogs such as these, in the absence of the energy it takes to be in each others’ live presence.
thoughts about hugs
…..hey..remember………4 hugs a day..that’s the mimimum…8 hugs is for maintenance……16 hugs is for growth….yeah..but from anyone??
hey, what are you up to this weekend? stayin’ in and gettin’ homey? walkin’? i’m craving girl-fam at-home time — cooking, baking, crafts, movies, walks. you?
going to bed to watch chi gung
Hi sweet thing……..I’m STILL in a funk..resistance building. I had a memory Fri. of my initial..’original’ fear in life that’s thrown me.
I feel impatient, discombobulated, estranged…and cranky….and the universe throws me the ‘same thing’ back in energy. Sigh…….why bother upsetting myself any more. I just tried a skype call witha good friend and it got defensively prickly within 1 minute!!!!!!!! I had the sense to end it by saying I just needed to end it…different wavelengths…who knows what it really is….I’m so codependent…..esp these past days.. weeks…. yrs … decades ………. sigh … when will I too reach the understanding stage of not attaching to anything either within or without. just staying present …. I’m going to bed to watch a chi gung lesson ……. XOOX
I had 1 hug today from mom, though I have been quite irritable with her over her indirect communication style. I am understanding how much shame I took from that dynamic as a child; the irritability is there because all that accumulated pain wants to be seen and validated.
I want a handful of women in my life to make meals with, do homey stuff with, where there is connection but it doesn’t feel like going ‘out.’ like we could hang out in our pajamas all day. I crave this like water; have had it once, in my whole life, for about a year and a half — the only female friends I have really bonded with as an adult. Now we are spread out all over the place, and one of us doesn’t talk to the other three, out of five, and none of them are here in the same town as me, which has basically been the case for several years.
So that’s my whine for now. Sounds like u r processing a major chunk of yourself — I relate to that kind of spiritual / emotional challenge on a semi-weekly basis. You are a pajama woman to me — a kindred spirit — and I commiserate with you on how hard it is to find kindred spirits. Funny, I just had some edginess with one of the women above yesterday — not on the same page. At the end of the conversation, I spoke the vision of holding her head and pressing my forehead to hers and saying “I love you.” She is a survivor of many things, and definitely a kindred spirit / pajama woman. We have been through several fights and banishments — maybe enough to know that our essences love eachother, no matter what is going on. I’ve only felt that kind of longevity with one other, though unfortunately, she tends to run, so we have not spoken with each other for 16 years. I’ll probably never see her again, but the crazy thing is that I still love her, and think of her like family after all these years.
So, relationships in general are as traumatic as their absence?
Anyway, it’s been wonderful thinking of the female relationships in my life, while writing to YOU. A little mini CoDA meeting befor I attempt to sleep 🙂
the voices of so many souls
I want a 4 cub hug…………wah. All I get today is a quick handshake from the coffee shop owner. Imagine the possibilities…being hugged by many beautiful men and women dancing, hugging..let’s choreograph that ……shall we … I feel..slow…. today………many imaginings of good direction……waiting in such suspence for my higher power to ‘guide’ me to my highest purpose…….. No wonder I’m exhausted. I wish I could go with you to ______ ………I could see my Uncle _____ , who’s 83 and lived most of his life there. I’m sooooooooo busy in MYSELF..these old people will drop dead while my life goes on planning……… I wish I could just wake up into eMpowerment…and $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
I NEED LOTS OF MONEY………GOD…HIGHER (EVERYBODY). I NEED CHRIST CONSCIOUSNESS……AND…….$$$$$$$$$$$
I could see having a huge house with lots of rooms…(a rooming house)…for women…that come for awhile and take part in all work to rehabilitate in all areas of self empowerment from learning to take care of themselves; developing and sharing their gifts; gardening; cooking; music; storytelling; roleplaying; Qi gong; dance of all sorts; breath work…….meditation(s); dream explorations; chanting; networking; brainstorming; inventing; starting businesses; giving small loans with pre-approval; surrender work; mirror work…..and on and on. AND….WE COULD ALL JUST STAY IN OUR PAJAMAS………………………
At least you had that 1.5 yrs of living in closeness with girl buddies……that was a gift. I still think of a few women I was close with (and actually not THAT bonded..but we hung out for a period and love grew (with attachment) I still wonder about them……and wish them sisterly love. Are you an only child….? I always wanted a sister…have adopted a # of sweet young things…but..I don’t know..I guess distance and my perpetual needing time alone to absorb life…and figure something out….I wish I was more outgoing..I am in some ways..very much so..but need lots of time to think and absorb and integrate rewiring. My whole life I’ve loooked for a best friend..or two…..never found one for very long before irreconcilable differences/betrayals/drifting apart ……..
Gotta go beddybye…and prepare for my client manyana. Have a great sleepybye you pajama sister you. ISEEYOU……….
- Chi Gung 氣功 (Qi Gong) – All Explained by the PRO (makchingyuen.wordpress.com)
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- Banning pajamas in public (goerieblogs.com)
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