comfortable abundance

We don’t have to push against nature to find joy. It wants to present itself to us on a path that requires the least effort. 

Even after a harsh winter, when the ground is frozen and inanimate, the flowers do not struggle to blossom. They simply reach up and open their petals.

Much like how we can open ourselves up (easily, gracefully) to joy and peace, when we turn our awareness to the possibility of a perfect outcome. Instead of closing ourselves (painfully, rigidly) with fear and insecurity. 

When we let go of the thoughts that keep us stuck, the direction of our lives will unfold for us with effortless ease. 
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one foot in sea, one on shore

Love,

It will not betray you
Dismiss you, or
Enslave you.

It will set you free.

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thanksgiving ii

wildheart

To practice gratitude means more to me than counting my blessings at night before I fall asleep.

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You cannot selectively numb feelings. You cannot decide to shut some of them out without blocking everything altogether in the process. Joy. Connection. Comfort. It’s easy to learn how to know things – anyone can do that. But you cannot be taught how to feel.

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In those moments of true feeling, I am grateful.

I am being nobody else in a world trying its hardest to make me everybody-but-me. In those moments of fear and vulnerability, when I wonder if I can really love this fiercely? Believe in this so passionately?

To stop and just say instead: I am so grateful. Because to feel this vulnerable means that I’m alive.

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crisis survival guide: a weapon

This is the fifth post in an ongoing blog series, featuring some practical tools and activities. Fill up your arsenal and collect your weapons for recovery.

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Crisis time.

I’d guess that less than 10% of us handle potential emergencies in a rational and calm state of mind. The rest experience something else that doesn’t quite make for the most efficient response – overwhelming panic, nauseous anxiety, stunned shock, blinding confusion, even more blinding denial, or some other lovely category along those lines.

I’ve always heard that slips and setbacks aren’t just possible, but they’re expected along this path on which we’ve been placed.

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We can bounce back from adversity or be consumed by it. The survivors will walk away with more personal strength, character and resilience, and a heavier toolbox for future attacks.

Some succinct tips to help keep your head above the water:

  • Shake off the stunned brain freeze as soon as you can
  • Don’t waste time on blame and shame
  • Be gentle with yourself as you come to acceptance
  • Rally your support troops and call 9/11 on yourself
  • Take account of your current situation and how it’s both similar and different to what you’ve known before
  • Collect every tool you have and search for new ones
  • Be patient with your progress
  • Make small goals and celebrate baby steps
  • Don’t minimize the problem
  • Positive self-talk only
  • Drink tea, breathe deeply and get a lot of sleep
  • Think only moment-by-moment, one day at a time
  • Ask for help
  • You’re stronger than you think.

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grace

Offer up your burdens and you will be taken care of. Those who do will not be permitted to slip and fall.

This is difficult in the face of hardships, but your faithfulness will be honoured.

Grace is all you need.

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When you go out and fight your enemies, and you face horses and chariots and an army greater than your own, do not be afraid.

Grace is on your side to give you a heart of peace and confidence for tomorrow.