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You Are Loved.

“You are loved.” The words leak out of a stranger’s mouth into my earpods.

“Why?” My voice cracks.

This is a question I have challenged myself to reflect on.

Less questioning WHY I am loved and more challenging why I believe it is something that must be earned.

I began creating the “Measure” collection 2 years ago when I was deep in the self-worth spiral. 

Am I deserving of love? Am I worthy of love? And why? Is it based on how good I am, how small I am, how kind I am, how successful I am, how generous I am, how many friends I have? What is the measure? What are the data points I should be paying attention to and trying to improve?

I don’t know the answer. I am still challenging my belief that there is a measure. As I hand saw, hammer, polish, and decorate the brass rulers, that are the motif of this collection; I remind myself that THERE IS NO MEASURE TO MY WORTH.

My worth is inherent. My deserving to be loved... Just is. It is not something to be earned.

This necklace is the most recent addition to my 'Measure' collection. As I embellished the ruler with pearls and baubbles I reflect on moments I felt truly loved just for being. 

Photographed with my journal, sunday morning NY Times (the art section), and delicious tea oatmilk latte form my new neighborhood coffee shop. Spikes on 19th in SF. 
This heart warming poem written by Danielle Laporte was read by Vinny at Friday nights Big Heart City Darmha talk and meditation. It felt amazingly true and gave me a sense of connection to the bigger picture. I saw myself living in graditute as part of the whole. I hope it brings you joy.

The Manifesto of Encouragement
by Danielle Laporte

Right now:
There are Tibetan Buddhist monks in a temple in the Himalayas endlessly reciting mantras for the cessation of your suffering and for the flourishing of your happiness. Someone you haven’t met yet is already dreaming of adoring you. Someone is writing a book that you will read in the next two years that will change how you look at life. — Nuns in the Alps are in endless vigil, praying for the Holy Spirit to alight the hearts of all of God’s children. A farmer is looking at his organic crops and whispering, “nourish them.” — Someone wants to kiss you, to hold you, to make tea for you. Someone is willing to lend you money, wants to know what your favourite food is, and treat you to a movie. Someone in your orbit has something immensely valuable to give you—for free. Something is being invented this year that will change how your generation lives, communicates, heals and passes on. The next great song is being rehearsed.

Thousands of people are doing yoga right now intentionally sending light out from their heart chakras and wrapping it around the earth. Millions of children are assuming that everything is amazing and will always be that way. — Someone is in profound pain, and a few months from now, they’ll be thriving like never before. They just can’t see it from where they’re at.

Someone who is craving to be partnered, to be acknowledged, to ARRIVE, will get precisely what they want—and even more. And because that gift will be so fantastical in its reach and sweetness, it will quite magically alter their memory of angsty longing and render it all “So worth the wait.”

Someone has recently cracked open their joyous, genuine nature because they did the hard work of hauling years of oppression off of their psyche—this luminosity is floating in the ether, and is accessible to everyone.

Someone is fighting the fight so that you don’t have to. Some civil servant is making sure that you get your mail, and your garbage is picked up, that the trains are running on time, and that you are generally safe. Someone is dedicating their days to protecting your civil liberties and clean drinking water.

Someone is regaining their sanity. Someone is coming back from the dead. Someone is genuinely forgiving the seemingly unforgivable. Someone is curing the incurable.


- Danielle Laportte

You are loved.
Thank you for sharing your light with the world!
I need you here.

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