Soul Manifesto. ~ Iris Olivia Barber

Via Iris Olivia Barber
on Oct 13, 2013
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Source: via Michele on Pinterest

I am here.

My heart is wide open.

I am ready to receive.

I am ready for the pain and tension of a childhood trauma to be released from my body. I am ready to open my heart to deep, vulnerable, and terrifying love. I am ready to live with so much confidence in my intentions that a simple smile can inspire a revolution.

I am ready to engage fully with the human spirit. I am ready to resurrect compassion, as well as transform shame and guilt into obsolete veils of the past.

I will breathe. I will be here. Present. Fully engaged. Enlivened and centered with every breath.

I will speak my truth, and I will listen to my body. Not just to the aches and pains, but to the subtle intuition that lies within every cell of my being. I will allow myself to listen to the knowledge of plants, mountains, and raindrops on the window.

I will recognize that there is magic and insight in every facet of the universe.

I am here to live with my heart wide open. I will hold within me the timeless strength, grace, and softness of the majestic redwoods.

I am here to share with the world my process of working through the layers of my immense consciousness. I will share what inspires me and ask others to share what inspires them. I am here to turn every interaction into a learning experience. I am here to reveal to others that our shadow sides are not something to hide, but rather something to cherish and grow, like the full moon.

I will allow every bite of food, sip of tea, and slice of chocolate cake to nourish my body and soul. That is the intention I will set as I caress them with my hands and allow them to pass through my lips.

I will see the beauty in the disfigured vegetables at the farmers market and intricate designs of cracked pavement. I will cherish the sweetness of the solitary rose growing from the brick wall. I will celebrate the blue sky, as well as the rain that truly gives sunshine its value.

I will be in love with everyone and everything with no shame. After all, we are all the same love, just in different forms.

I will release myself from all inklings of self-consciousness because this world is just too darn big. Time is too immense for me to live only for myself. I will peel off my protective layers and set aside my masks until my next costume party. I will challenge myself to play my way through life with the vulnerable curiosity of a child.

I will give myself to the world without hesitation because not only are we living within this world, but this world is also living within us. I will be so fully alive, so curiously compassionate, that fear itself runs and hides.

I will do a dance every morning to remind myself that the simple act of waking is a perfect expression of abundance. I will starve my ego and nourish my soul.

I will be the change I wish to see in the world.


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{photo: via Michele on Pinterest}


About Iris Olivia Barber

Iris Olivia Barber is currently traveling the globe on a mission to explore all of the yoga studios, hole-in-the-wall cafes, and vegetarian restaurants the world has to offer. She is Inspired by music, mountains, and being upside down. Olivia finds peace through writing, teaching yoga, and teaching art to kids of all ages. She simply enjoys the gift of being alive.




4 Responses to “Soul Manifesto. ~ Iris Olivia Barber”

  1. aislinn says:

    Shivers down my spine! You GLOW girl! Inspired <3

  2. ioliviabarber says:

    Thank you!!!!

  3. Sina says:

    Thank you for uplifting me with your words. You are truly an inspisiring person and the inner beauty of your soul will always prevail any darkness. Sat Nam and Wahe Guru.

  4. ellie says:

    you've got me in tears! thank you thank you thank you for being alive and sharing your intentions with us all. you inspire me, Olivia and I am SO GRATEFUL to feel your presence in this lifetime. you are such a gift to this world!