Jeff Foster: Shit Warriors

 

Sometimes, despite your best efforts and intentions, despite your incredible ‘spiritual progress’, you just feel like shit.

So, feel like shit! Where is the problem, in actuality, when you dive fearlessly into the heart of that unique experience?

Feel like shit, but consciously so! Dive in, knowingly!

And discover that ‘feeling like shit’ can be the most spiritual feeling of all, a fresh (and much misunderstood) gateway to grace, as sacred as the most profound joy, as alive as the creation of a universe. No self-pity, no drama, no justifications, no seeking, just a raw, broken-open heart, a fresh wound re-opened in love, and no desire to escape it at all. You forge a new spirituality with your courage to remain in that broken place, infusing the sadness with your brilliant light.

Perhaps this will save the world: brothers and sisters courageous enough to feel like shit consciously, without numbing themselves or turning away from the pain.

Warriors of shit. Shit warriors. Let’s start a revolution.

– Jeff Foster

For most of us, this goes against our familiar patterns and it can seem quite scary. Do it anyway. Do it as an experiment.

What happens if I allow myself to feel like shit? Notice how I feel. Feel it. Allow it. Notice any fears or resistance coming up. Feel that too. Allow that too. Allow all of it as it is. Do it even for a moment. For a few seconds. Perhaps a few minutes. Try it out.

As Jeff Foster says, there is a relief in this, opening to joy, aliveness, and grace. There is an alignment with reality and what we are which opens for all of this. What we are – and reality – already allows how we feel and any fears about it. When

There is an alignment with reality and what we are which opens for all of this. What we are – and reality – already allows how we feel and any fears about it. When we consciously align with it, there is a deep relief.

What we are already allows and is whatever our experience happens to be, including feeling like shit. When we get caught in ideas that our experience should be different, we get into struggle with what we are and reality. So when we instead allows it as it is, and consciously align more with what we are and reality, there is a deep relief. And it opens for aliveness, joy, gratitude, receptivity, a deepening into our humanity, a deepening connection with ourselves, and all humans and all life.

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