The Power of Love.

Via on Jan 25, 2012
Heart Map, My Sketchbook, The Sketchbook Project, Brooklyn Art Musuem

..Living every moment as an offering..

Life’s been quite beautiful lately. Magical. Miraculous even.

This morning I rose out of bed later than most days. I’m usually up before the dawn of the sun, as greeting el sol hello is one of my favorite things about being awake. It was around seven and my body felt sore. Really really sore. I’ve been doing push ups and navasana (bow pose) throughout the course of the day, atleast twice—working on my core and upper body strength. I never thought I’d be one to wake up and do push ups. Literally, rolling out of bed and dropping down to give ten. My friend told me it would be easier that way to get into the rhythm of it and you know what—it actually is. More and more I see my body as the temple and my breath as the offering. More and more I see the places within me that have been healed and also, still need the healing.

I drove my motorbike to the other side of Ubud, I wanted to buy some flowers to do puja later that day. I wanted lilies, white ones. #1’s favorite. I love white flowers, because they seem to last the longest and they remind me of my Auntie back home. I call her #1 because she’s the first born in the family. She’s less than 5 feet tall but one of the fiercest women I know. I think I got that from her.

Marigolds for Puja

I didn’t find the white flowers, but I did find these beautiful marigolds! I’ve laid them along the perimeter of my home, where the wall and floor meet and intersect. My home is starting to feel like a home. It’s beginning to feel like mine.

I’ve started a painting of Ganesha on the wall you would first see if you were to walk through my front door. Who needs a canvas when you’ve got white walls all around you? Ganesha is the remover of all obstacles, the ruler of the muladhara chakra. He’s a cool cat, elephant. I feel my lower charkas (base energy centers within the body) are going through a huge shift at the moment- specifically 1 and 2, muladhara and svadhisthana, there’s been a block there my entire life and I can feel that chamber of my body rewiring and reprogramming, doing it’s thing and move through. Making new mindbody connections and neural pathways that are more conscious, more clear and the real me of today, not yesterday.

Phase 1: sketch of Ganesha. Om Sri Maha Ganapataye Namaha

“There comes a time when nothing is meaningful except surrendering to love.” I cam across that Rumi quote the other day. One of the things I love most about facebook, is that my community of online friends inspire me with their posts and updates with quotes from Rumi, Hafiz, Emerson, Thoreou and etc. I’m so grateful to have this medium of communication to receive reminders and/or food for thought. It’s unique to our generation as well as our time. I suppose that’s what you get when you have friends that are yogis all doing the work to consciously open up their hearts.

Page 31, My Sketchbook, The Sketchbook Project, Brooklyn Art Library

The other day I was in the midst of a hug and there was with quality to it that was so rare and special. I felt held and safe in this person’s arms. I could’ve stayed there forever. My body, for a moment, felt transparent. I could feel my heart opening– open, open, open, and then close, open, close.What the heck was that? Ohh, energetically my heart was scared. I’m still investigating this, but ultimately I feel as if it’s Trust.

Page 28, My Sketchbook, The Sketchbook Project, Brooklyn Art Library

Can I trust this person to the point where I can remain open open open without closing? Without shutting down? And then let’s make the question even bigger, can I trust Life in a way that I can stay open open open without shutting down? Can I trust Life in a way that will allow me to OPEN EVEN MORE? That’s what it comes down to really. Our relationship with ourselves and Life, or the Divine or the whatever word you want to call it. In a moment, in a hug, that’s what I received. And I even received even more that what I am sharing. There goes to show you the power of a hug, the POWER OF LOVE.

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When we surrender to Love, we then finally feel safe enough to truly and really let go. When we’re held in a container of safety and nuturing arms, physically, emotionally, mentally and energectially– we have the space and capacity to do some deep, deep work.

Surrender to love. It’s all around you. the people you encounter, the places you go, the situations you’re in, they’re all experiences for you to see how open you can remain and really be. When we stay open, that is when we can really receive. Just like the Beatles say, “the love you take is equal to the love you make.” If you wanna give something you gotta know how to receive it first.

Please give the people around you some love, some hugs today. Atleast five. And give them like you really mean it. As if you are transmitting all of what you are grateful for with their presence in your life. Give with your gratitude in your hugs. Put your heart into it.

Love, My Sketchbook, The Sketchbook Project, Brooklyn Art Musuem


~ Other posts by Chloe: Follow Your Heart, Satya, What is Life?, Sex & Celibacy

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About Chloe Park

Chloe Park is an Artist, Spiritual Teacher, Yoga and Meditation Instructor, Holistic Healing Practitioner, Life Coach, Women's Empowerment Leader, Social Change Activist and Ethnobotanist. A traveling Healer and Teacher, she roams the Earth to share her message: unconditional love, self-healing and awakening. She uses the medium of writing, holistic healing, medicinal plants, yoga and meditation to help all those along the Path to attain harmony with mind, body and spirit. She is devoted to facilitating the space for Healing, Love and Truth and is passionate about bringing ancient practices and traditions into the modern times we live. Her intention with her writing is to offer Q&A for all those who are engaged in the dialogue. Chloe also writes for MindBodyGreen, Healthline, WorldLifestyle, and Yahoo Shine!. To stay connected with her current projects, retreats, teachings and traveling schedule, find her on Facebook: or visit her website: Spiritual counseling and life coaching sessions with Chloe are available via Skype. May we all wake up together. ॐ


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