Stay present even in the mud

“Even when we are in the thick muddiness of our pain, despair, and tenderness, we can grow through it as long as we are alive and present enough to bear witness.” ~Alex Elle

My first inclination in the muddy patches of life is to disconnect and avoid feeling as much as I can, but the only path to growth is through staying present in those times and bearing witness to the pain, despair, and struggle.

 

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In the dew of little things

In the dew of little things

“In the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.” ~Kahlil Gibran

When your heart needs refreshing, that refreshment is found in the savoring of life’s little moments and the small joys and contentment found in the here and now. Take a few mindful moments right now to savor the goodness around you to refresh your heart today.

 

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What you find

What you find

“Never be so focused on what you’re looking for that you overlook the thing you actually find.” ~Ann Patchett

The broken places in our lives are often times when we have lost (or never found) what we were looking for. Kintsugi living is about looking beyond the pain of that loss to see the gifts that we’ve actually found in places we didn’t expect.

 

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Life’s quiet moments

Life's quiet moments

“How many times have you noticed that it’s the little quiet moments in the midst of life that seem to give the rest extra-special meaning?” ~Fred Rogers

When we learn to treasure those quiet little moments for the gems that they are and be fully present to them, all of life takes on a greater richness.