Born in December 1984, Lauren London relied heavily on God and her faith to be her protector in times when she felt like her childhood was traumatic. In the Jay Shetty Podcast, Lauren speaks about her relationship with God taking many transformations. In her teen years, she drifted away from her faith but returned after having a dream that she passed away and was visited by a figure that told her that Jesus was not there for her. She drove to Church that morning and London says her life was forever changed.
Lauren tragically lost her son’s father, Nipsey, on March 31, 2019, in a shooting. London credits her relationship with God for being her divine protector and for helping her to heal.
Jay Shetty asked Lauren what it was like to have a plan for life and to have that picture be torn away. Lauren says that, “Not having control, letting go. When you have this plan for your life, as you should, you should manifest, you should set goals, you should have intention. If or when that gets derailed and you have plan B to go off of what you didn’t plan on, it is the ultimate test of surrender, letting go, letting God now move in your life…”
“…because at the end of the day, as much control as we think we have, we do not and it’s actually very powerful to surrender. We think that it’s a weakness but there is so much power in letting go and flowing with the river. Life is gonna do what it’s gonna do. And we are all gonna get chin checked by life one way or another, so I might as well focus on my enlightenment and roll with the river and not fight with the rocks.”
Regardless of your beliefs, London’s words have a powerful lesson for everyone. She focuses on moving forward, despite having been through unspeakable trauma and continues to lift her community up.
London has devoted her time to helping others that have lost loved ones to gun violence by working with an organization called LIFE Camp, Inc. She says it helps her feel not so alone. While she is helping others, she also gains a lot of strength from helping and from giving purpose to her pain.
London also speaks about celebrating other people’s wins and how she is in a constant state of celebration. She says she celebrates others because she knows that the universe is in a state of abundance and that celebrating someone else, does not take away from herself. The energy of celebration brings you things to celebrate. London says, “the competition mind frame is just blocking all the beautiful things God has for you. That’s why you’re supposed to celebrate people when they succeed at something or accomplish something. You just opened your world for more to celebrate.”
So next time life gets you down, think, roll with the river and what would Lauren London do?
Celebrating Women’s History Month
This month is Women’s History Month and here at The In Trive we wanted to take a moment to commemorate some amazing women who are doing extordinary things! Our in-house contributor Kelsey Erynn helps us highlight these special women along with sharing some lessons that we all can learn from them. Check it out and enjoy! xoxo – CP