A Few Words About Selflessness

I just spent the better part of the morning talking to a friend who was complaining bitterly about the way she is treated by her children, her family and her friends. Not unlike other conversations we have had, this one featured a litany of abuses that she had suffered recently…

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Words to live by

  Be willing to accept the shadows that walk across the sun. If this world were a perfect place, where would souls go to school? Do not weep for the limitations that you see existing in your world. Those limitations are there for a purpose. Where would there be an…

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Reach Higher

Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and follow where they lead. ~Louisa May Alcott Have you started your journal yet? If not, what are you waiting for? Start your…

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I’m Moving On

Today I thought I’d share Rascall Flatts’ song about personal transformation and change. Enjoy.

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Choices

Every day we face hundreds of choices in our lives. From the most mundane “What should I have for dinner?” to the potentially life changing decisions that we make only once in a great while, life is about making choices, whether we want to make them or not. Even choosing…

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There’s No Such Thing as a Green Thumb

Not long ago, I was visiting a friend and noticed that his collection of  indoor and outdoor plants was in terrible shape. I said as much to him, and he laughed, filled a tumbler with water from the tap and threw it on them hurriedly, adding “I never had much…

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Baby Steps

A great block to nourishment of the soul is distrust. We don’t trust ourselves, so we stay rooted in the easy and convenient. We eliminate as much pain as we can from our lives and end up painted into a corner we call safety. Safety is the most unsafe spiritual…

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Uncovering Compassion

Sadness is a pervasive and persistent emotion. The further we move into adulthood, the more common sadness becomes, and the more difficult it is to find its opposite—joy. Joy is the emotion of childhood. With each loss we experience, with each psychic wound, a little bit of that joy is…

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Shake it Out: Florence and the Machine.

The sounds of healing are not always gentle. Sometimes, in fact, the sights and sounds of our healing are messy and heart-rending—a scream in the night; a gut wrenching sob, pain so deep  it will not let you come up for air.

I love this song. Sometimes Florence Welch can be a bit too dark, but this song, to me, is about healing and redemption.

Listen to it. See what you think.

 

The Healing Power of Joy

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Photo from A Walk Through Durham County by Kathleen Connally

And Joy is Everywhere;
It is in the Earth’s green covering of grass;
In the blue serenity of the Sky;
In the reckless exuberance of Spring;
In the severe abstinence of gray Winter;
In the Living flesh that animates our bodily frame;
In the perfect poise of the Human figure, noble and upright;
In Living;
In the exercise of all our powers;
In the acquisition of Knowledge;
In fighting evils…
Joy is there Everywhere”

Rabindranath Tagore

Joy, unlike happiness, is a universal concept. Joy exists in the things that all people–regardless of culture, nationality or religion– hold apart as pure: children, family, art, nature, beauty, freedom, music and a sense of wonder are some of them. There are literally hundreds more.

Joy is the highest of all emotions. It sustains us through suffering and provides us with the hope we need to keep trying when life seems too difficult to bear. It is also almost absurdly bountiful. All one needs to do to find it is to step outside.

You cannot heal without joy in your life. Don’t sit idly by waiting for it to find you; reach out and take some.

It’s everywhere, and it’s free.

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