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Tbird Luv Tbird Luv melodic explorer. structured whirlwind. continuous grower.

The musical genius of Tbird Luv is about taking risks and creating beauty. She hopes to inspire all of us to take whatever we find beautiful and stand behind it, support it, and proliferate it. [www.tbirdluvmusic.com]

Being an expressive person has always been my nature, but I’ve learned to value my connection to self-expression over time, as I’ve grown out of my own insecurities and learned to shine my self-expression more fully.

When I see people really connecting with who they are and shining forth from there, when I see how that inspires others and how it inspires me, that bursts my heart open. It ripples out into more possibilities, more creativity, more connection between people, more value and freedom.

People seem to feel they have to be someone else in order to be successful or accepted. One of my mentors recently reminded me of a story: A student of the founder of aikido asked, “Sensei, how is it that you’re always in balance?” The sensei replied, “I am never in balance. I am always moving towards balance.” We are constantly moving, changing, and evolving. Knowing that gives me relief. It reminds the parts of me that want to beat me up for not being in a better place that I’m always evolving.

Because I’m always moving toward centeredness, I’m not always on top of the game and so I’m easier to relate to because I’m real. Sometimes I talk to myself out loud. I check in and ask myself how I’m feeling (What’s going on?) and allow myself to feel and experience what’s going on. Nine times out of ten, not long after that, it’s past, because I’ve responded to it. I don’t try to push it away. As soon as I allow it, it goes away.

One of the biggest things I’ve been learning in the past couple of months is that even though I’m a free-spirited, creative whirlwind, the more structure I have, the more freedom I have. Having a structured schedule helps me see the bigger picture of what’s important versus what’s not. It’s profound! It removes the feeling that I have to be more and do more. With structure, I gain free time for being creative, doing nothing, sleeping, and spending time with my family. All of a sudden, things manifest without effort.

To find meaning, I start with questions: What do I care about? What brings me joy? What am I afraid of? What pisses me off? Why? If I could change it, how would I? Sometimes it’s easier to describe what we’re afraid of. Asking why we’re afraid leads to what we’ve been hiding from, which turns out to be something we’d love to do or express.

– Tbird Luv

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