“You have power over your mind — not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.” ~Marcus Aurelius
Most of us spend our time and effort trying to control the world around us when the only thing we truly have power over is our own minds. We find our true strength when we finally learn to master ourselves.
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“If you feel lost, disappointed, hesitant, or weak, return to yourself, to who you are, here and now and when you get there, you will discover yourself, like a lotus flower in full bloom, even in a muddy pond, beautiful and strong.” ~Masaru Emoto
A good reminder that we can always come back to the present moment here and now to find our way back to our strength when we’ve gotten lost.
Have you lost sight of how beautiful you are? Come back to yourself and re-discover it!
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“On the other side of a storm is the strength that comes from having navigated through it. Raise your sail and begin.” ~Gregory S. Williams
Life’s storms may not be pleasant, but when we face them head-on, we always come out the other side stronger and more resilient.
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“You build inner strength through embracing the totality of your experience, both the delightful parts and the difficult parts. Embracing the totality of your experience is one definition of having loving-kindness for yourself.” ~Pema Chödrön
It’s so tempting to try to reject the difficult parts of ourselves, our lives, and our experiences, but learning to embrace all of who we are and what we experience (even as we may work to change it) is a much more self-compassionate way of being that leads to wholeness rather than living in constant rejection of parts of our reality.
“The strongest oak tree of the forest is not the one that is protected from the storm and hidden from the sun. It’s the one that stands in the open where it is compelled to struggle for its existence against the winds and rains and the scorching sun.” ~Napoleon Hill
Like an oak tree, we grow stronger by having faced life’s challenges. That’s one of the many forms that our kintsugi gold can take.