These are the words that my partner and I will be saying to each other at our wedding ceremony next Friday. Yes, I’m getting married, and I couldn’t be more thrilled about it.
The process of creating our ceremony has been revealing in unexpected ways. Over the years, I have made commitments to myself, but speaking a vow to my beloved in front of our family and friends is potent.
After all, I live with a great deal of integrity, so if I make a vow, I intend to keep it.
But I want this vow to be freeing – not loaded with should’s and feeling like a prison. So I take it as an expression of my deepest desire: to meet all of life with openness and acceptance.
Which includes being open and accepting of myself when I fall short.
You can think of it this way: the noun “vow” is lived as a verb. It is a living, breathing, spacious, loving way of being.
So I invite you to fill in the blank: I vow to….
Take your time with this. Get quiet, bring your attention inside, and let the answer come from the deepest part of your being.
Then watch how your life aligns in unimaginable ways.
Years ago I gathered my fragmented life and committed to knowing the absolute truth, no matter what. Some areas are still a work in progress, but here I am, marrying a man who is amazing, and the right match for me, beyond anything I could have ever dreamed up.
All I can say is, “Thank you.” I am on my knees with gratitude.
Have the courage to state what this life is about. Be conscious, awake, and infinitely loving. Every moment is more precious than you could ever know. Make a vow, and you won’t miss out on what you have been given.
Now it’s your turn. What do you vow to? Say it in the comments below, let it be known with all of us as witnesses. Then live it, and the rest will be taken care of perfectly.
Love to you,
PS: I’ll be taking a couple of weeks off, and I’ll be back with you later in February.