Here is something precious that no one can take away from you—because you already have it. In fact, it might be everything and the only thing you need to live a full and meaningful life. It might surpass all the wisdom you could ever get from all the books and blogs ever published. And it is already in you. How empowering is that?
Let me prove it. I invite you to sit or stand comfortably. Then I invite you to close your eyes and imagine a posture that signifies strength, dignity, and fearlessness. Finally I invite you to actually embody that posture. Go ahead—Stop reading, imagine such a posture, and then get into it.
What does it look like? I will venture a guess. Perhaps you put your body into an erect position with your arms hanging at your sides. I also bet your chin was raised slightly and your chest was open and out. How did I do?
If I got it right, it's not too surprising. I have asked this question many times and typically this is the posture people adopt when they think of strength and fearlessness. I am going to make a case that everything you need to know about living well is embedded in this posture. And the fact that it was already inside of you implies that you already know everything there is to know about living well.
This configuration with your body erect and your chin up and your chest out—what does it convey? First and foremost, by placing your chest out, you are putting your heart first. To me, this conveys the sacred importance of clarifying your deepest values and letting them lead the way through life. Your body is telling you that when you use your heart, your deepest values, as the compass to guide you, then you will always be on the right side of life.
The second piece of wisdom inherent in this posture is its utter vulnerability. There is such power in this stance, such fearlessness. By opening yourself up to life, by not guarding it or defending your heart, you are saying something about what is most important to you. You are making a commitment with yourself and with the world that in some way your values are worth dying for. That you refuse to live a life that makes you small or that makes you compromise that which makes life most alive and meaningful.
And what about that slight uptilt of the chin? Here, your body is portraying its pride in who you are, in your chosen values, that they are nothing to be ashamed of. It embodies a loving acceptance in what you present to the world. It is you never apologizing for or compromising who you are.
Values, vulnerability, commitment, and acceptance. One could replace all of these words with one: Love. And no one needed to tell you how to manifest it in your own body. You knew.
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