So, why the open jar?
When creating my blog I decided that I wanted it to be a place of exploration, discovery, and growth. I imagined a forum where discussions could be had about the kinds of things that don’t naturally come up on a girls’ night out or in the office lounge. I want to share my insights about what I’m learning, but also I’m really open to learning from others. So that’s why I chose the word open. As for jars? I think they make beautiful metaphors.
Jars are functional. They are for preserving and storing things of inherent value. They protect what is put inside from what is outside. The vast variety of objects, food, and things that can go in the jar is enormous, but whether a jar is filled with diamonds or dirt, the inherent value of the jar doesn’t change. At the end of the day, it will always be just a jar—nothing more.
Just like jars, our physical bodies are functional storehouses. We think of our bodies as being full of bones, blood, tissues, and organs, but they are also filled with energy and information. At the end of our lives, when the jar is emptied, the energy and information we have filled it with over the years will reveal what value we obtained from living. Just as a jar can’t fill itself, but depends on the intention of a sentient being, so do our bodies rely upon the direction of a higher nature—our minds.
The thoughts we think, the choices we make, the words we speak, what we give our attention to—are all expressions of our intention. These intentions create energy. We give this energy out to others, but we also receive a lot of information and energy in return. Sometimes we get the sense that other people or outside influences are either emptying us of our essence or contributing to our own negative energy, so we make a choice to put a lid on it. By doing so, we close ourselves off from being filled with anything—including things of value.
The only way to live curiously in this world is to keep the lid off—to remain open. But to do so safely requires awareness and mindfulness. Our awareness stands at the opening to our jar, advising us of true worth. Being mindful, we choose to fill our jar with all that is valuable to our experience of life.
I want this blog to be a place where you freely add to my jar! So, please know that your insights are always welcome here. Take something, give something, and always continue to evolve! Light & Love, Shelah