Tuesday, November 2, 2010

The Masks We Wear

As Halloween has come to an end, it makes me think of disguises. Of not being able to recognize people. They are all dressed up with wigs, masks, makeup and look nothing like their true selves. That reminds me of the masks we wear in everyday life that keep our true inner essence from shining through. Think for a moment of all the masks you wear on a daily basis: family member, daughter, son, friend, school, work, social, anti-social, workout, business, cook, pedestrian, driver, etc. There is a long list that we fit in to and we act differently with each different set of "masks" we put on. For instance, you don't act like you are at a bar when you are at work, or maybe you do and that is what it is. But you see what I am trying to say.

We wear many different masks in this world. The trick is to see if you are just wearing the mask and covering up your true inner nature, or if you can still be in certain roles, doing certain things, but allowing consciousness to come through. Allowing yourself to be present no matter what role, or mask is there.

Sometimes we are so hidden behind our masks that we don't even know who we really are any more. That is why it is so important to do the inner work. To check in on a daily basis and meditate and see what is trying to come through you. Pausing for a moment from a busy day to get quiet and listen. Who are you? What do you want?

The masks are sometimes really hard for us to take off, but when we do we can get real about who we are and what we want. Sometimes that person might shock you. You may think I would never do "fill in the blank here" and suddenly that is what you want to do. I started painting, doing ballet, going to places I wouldn't normally go, all because I got rid of who I thought I was. Again the limitation talk. But it is relevant. Especially at Halloween with all of our masks.

So take some time to take off the masks and be who you really are. Whoever that may be, whatever that looks like. Just be with it and investigate it.

Now that Halloween is over and the masks have been stored away for next year, take time to investigate the masks that keep you from being who you truly are. Take them off for a while and walk around without that added weight. Do a little dance, write, go mountain climbing, biking or take a vacation. Do something that makes you feel good all the way to your soul. Yoga is great for that! You don't need the masks any more. Give yourself permission to just be you, naked without the mask. But totally alive and open!

That is the biggest treat you can give yourself and no one can trick you out of it!

Love and light,

1 comment:

  1. “In seeking things of the spirit and in our faith, we should try to become childlike.
    Even as we grow older, the years of seeking can give us the attitude of the trusting child.
    Not only for its simple trust should we have the childlike spirit, but also for its joy in life, its ready laughter, its lack of criticism, and its desire to share.
    In Charles Dickens’s story, A Christmas Carol, even old Scrooge changed when he got the child-spirit.”

    I want to get the child-spirit, like taking off the mask.