At Absolute Love Publishing, we believe in creating goodness in the world. This post is one of a series in which we’ve asked our authors to explain why they choose to align themselves with our publishing house and why they use their craft to create goodness…
Absolute Love Publishing Author Michelle Hastie
There are far too many people suffering in today’s too-busy, fast-moving society to ignore the calling to bring peace and goodness to as many people as possible. Spreading goodness, love, and compassion in the world is our purpose for living. Where I have seen the biggest need to fulfill this passion for myself is in the world of food, movement, body image, and weight.
People are struggling with eating disorders, obesity, excess weight, body image obsessions, and a laundry list of other related issues all stemming from the separation and obsessive “doing” nature that comes with living a life disconnected from our true selves and from each other. My calling is to teach mindfulness to all human “doings” who are so desperate to feel better.
In an attempt to bring understanding, connection, and ultimately goodness to all, I feel called to expose this false sense of human identity and bring more honesty to our everyday habits and our underlying programming. When the truth behind our authentic lives is exposed, we can begin to learn from each other. Marianne Williamson reminds us:
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine as children do. It’s not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own lights shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
In a world that often feels so disconnected, it is imperative that we remember the inter-connectedness of us all. Through this inter-connectedness we can remember to spread goodness, love, and compassion where judgment and separation attempt to exist. Partnering with others who feel this way, like Absolute Love Publishing, enables me to offer healing to those people living lives as human “doings” instead of our more natural state of “beings.”
When you decide to let your light shine, you unconsciously give permission to the next person to do the same. In other words, when you send goodness to your neighbors, your neighbors receive permission to be their best selves, and ultimately pass that permission onto their neighbors. To me, there is nothing more important than this.