You Have to Make Pleasure a Priority

You have to make joy a priority. And pleasure. And love. You can't wait for them just to arrive one day. ⁣⁣⁣⁣
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You don't wait until you're healed. You don't wait until all the pain is gone, or the hurt, or the fear. They're never really gone, that's the deal here.⁣⁣⁣⁣
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You don't have to deny any part of your experience to call forth your total aliveness, now. It is not found in avoidance of the darkness. And it is not a prize you earn with your suffering.

Joy, pleasure, beauty, and love exist right here in the same space as grief, anger, heartache, and hurt.⁣⁣⁣⁣

⁣⁣⁣You are big enough to hold them all. Indeed, you were made to do so. But you have to quit faking your smallness. You have to quit pretending you aren't aching to fall in love with your life. ⁣⁣⁣⁣
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Do you think it will just arrive at your door while you go on denying the beauty right in front of you? ⁣⁣⁣⁣
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Don't waste another minute. Own your desire to be here fully. Own your terror of it too. ⁣⁣⁣⁣
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Pleasure, joy, openness, love, and vitality are your birthright. They are your inheritance. Your inheritance is not suffering; your inheritance is aliveness!⁣⁣⁣⁣
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But you must consciously seek it out. You must invoke it. You must declare it. You must claim it. And you must give it to the world. ⁣⁣⁣⁣
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We are waiting for your light. ⁣⁣⁣
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xx⁣⁣⁣

"'What is the secret to life? To be intimate with all the things."

Jessica Hesser