What your fears need

What your fears need

“The things that frighten us just want to be held.” ~Mark Nepo

When we can hold our fears gently with compassion and kindness, they cease to be monsters and turn into helpful friends that can guide us to avoid danger without holding us back from all life has to offer.

 

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Your heart is greater than your wounds

Your heart is greater than your wounds

“You have been wounded in many ways. The more you open yourself to being healed, the more you will discover how deep your wounds are. . . . The great challenge is living your wounds through instead of thinking them through. It is better to cry than to worry, better to feel your wounds deeply than to understand them, better to let them enter into your silence than to talk about them. The choice you face constantly is whether you are taking your hurts to your head or to your heart. In your head you can analyze them, find their causes and consequences, and coin words to speak and write about them. But no final healing is likely to come from that source. You need to let your wounds go down to your heart. Then you can live through them and discover that they will not destroy you. Your heart is greater than your wounds.” – Henri Nouwen

 

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I am still here

I am still here

“Gratitude is the capacity to stare doubt, loss, chaos and despair right in the eye and say, ‘I am still here.’” ~Diana Butler Bass

When standing in the middle of one of life’s storms, still finding room for gratitude allows us to claim our survival in the face of whatever confronts us. Where are you finding space for gratitude right now?

 

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Who we become

Who we become

“Our background and circumstances may have influenced who we are, but we are responsible for who we become.” ~Barbara Geraci

While it can be helpful to be aware of how our past may have influenced us, we do ourselves a disservice when we allow those circumstances to limit us. We alone are responsible for the people we become, and it is up to us to choose who that will be. Change is always possible.

 

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Choosing change and growth

Choosing change and growth

“Growth is painful. Change is painful. But nothing is an painful as staying stuck somewhere you don’t below.” ~Mandy Hale

Choosing change and growth is often scary and uncomfortable, but it’s inevitably better than the alternative. Where do you need to choose change and growth right now to get unstuck?

 

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