This week, I am returning to my blog, after almost a month of
hell difficult issues and subsequent healing. I am still so proud of the talented voices who contributed here for the month. Of course, I will be writing about what has been going on. But, to gently ease back in, I will rely on the resonant words of Ralph Waldo Emerson, who manages to see into the soul of suffering and yank out the guts for close examination.
To laugh often and much
To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;
To earn the appreciation of honest critics
And endure the betrayal of false friends;
To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others;
To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child,
a garden patch or a redeemed social condition;
To know that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.
This is to have succeeded.
So, loosen up your clicking fingers and please share your comment love to my warmest link hugs:
Living in the (K)Now has a post on The True Meaning of Letting It Go. She says, “If life presents a change that requires us to let go, rather than just shut our hearts and pretend we aren’t hurting, we ought to go through our pain. But even more than that, we have to understand the underlying cause of that attachment. WHY were you attached? What part of you sought that attachment? What purpose did that attachment serve? Only then can we truly work our way to healthily let it go…” read more
The VeganAsana has a post on Chronic Pain and the Klesas. Don’t be put off by the title, if you’re not a Yogi(ni). If you’ve ever had to deal with a difficult emotional or physical obstacle, this thoughtful post will speak to you. She says, “In our lives, we build up this whole image of who we are. We construct elaborate life stories around that image, that contain beliefs about what we can and cannot do, how we think, what our beliefs are, etc. When a chronic illness comes along, this story of me can be shaken to the core. We begin to feel unmoored, not knowing exactly who we are if we aren’t that person…” read more
The love affair with Coconut oil and coconut flour continues. Cafe Terra shares a scrumptious recipe for Gluten-Free Rhubarb Crisp (with Coconut Flour) Her post includes a Giveaway along with extensive links to even more recipes that will have you in tropical heaven before you know it… read more
Karen Maezen Miller learns a lesson in staying present in her parenting life as she debunks The Myth of the Teachable Moment. She says, “I’m a failure at teachable moments. By that I mean I’m a failure at teaching teachable moments. I’m so lousy at teachable moments that I’m declaring myself an official dropout. I don’t know how to teach a moment when the moment is always teaching me. What the moment teaches me is to accept”… read more
I wonder about the statement “Sometimes you get worse before you can get better.” 108 Zen Books tackles the difficult subject of suffering and healing with gentle intelligence in That’s A Good Thing He says, “In the years we’ve been teaching our courses on skillful ways to meet life (Mindfulness-Based-interventions), I’ve noticed an interesting paradox. People get worse before they get better. Sometimes”…read more
Tom Grasso at Elephant Journal wrote this piece about The Question of Abortion~It Brings Out the Hypocrite in All of Us Why I am including it in my list is because I was struck by the universality of his stance. You really could insert any topic that creates divisiveness and understand inner hypocrisies within ourselves and other. It’s worth the read, especially if you can separate your mind from the specific abortion issue…read more
And, of course, this week ended with the empowering and moving stories from the Carnival of Birth Reflections that I cohosted with Jazzy Mama. Please read them and you’ll feel a bit better about the human condition. If we can create such resonance and poetry in our experiences, I have hope for our future. One little person at a time.
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