Weekend Reflection – Self Compassion

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“A moment of self-compassion can change your entire day. A string of such moments can change the course of your life.” ―  Christopher Germer

“Awakening self-compassion is often the greatest challenge people face on the spiritual path.”― Tara Brach

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“When the Sun of compassion arises darkness evaporates and the singing birds come from nowhere.”― Amit Ray

“The inner critic isn’t an enemy.”― Yong Kang Chan

“Talk to yourself as you would someone you love.” ― Brene Brown

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“Have the courage to love yourself like you always wished someone would.”― Vironika Tugaleva

“be softer with you.
you are a breathing thing.
a memory to someone.
a home to a life.” ― Nayyirah Waheed

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“Letting go is an inside job, something only we can do for ourselves.”― Sharon Salzberg

“You don’t need to wait for someone else to notice your talents before nourishing them. You don’t need others to accept you to feel accepted. You don’t need to wait. You can begin, at any moment, to work on noticing, nourishing, and accepting yourself. You can work on being a better friend to your reflection.”― Vironika Tugaleva

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“Let go of rejections and focus on self-reflection. For it is within that you will find the light you seek.”― Amy Leigh Mercree

“First and foremost, if we maintain healthy emotional boundaries and direct love and kindness inwards, we are taking care of ourselves and secondly we are giving a subliminal message to others about how we wish to be treated.”― Christopher Dines

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“When you are compassionate with yourself, you trust in your soul, which you let guide your life. Your soul knows the geography of your destiny better than you do.”― John O’Donohue

“Speak to yourself with compassion on the inside and you will radiate peace on the outside.” ―Amy Leigh Mercree

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“You only have one life to live. Make sure it’s yours.”― Eleanor Brownn

“The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.” ― Joseph Campbell

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Take some time

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Take some time for self care,

You have been rushing everywhere.

Run the race slowly with grace,

Slow down your pace.

Rest is retreat to battle in another way.

Relaxing is being present in the beauty of your day,

As you admire the astonishing magic of life.

So take a break from self strife,

And walk bare foot among your dreams.

Taking time for self care may reveal-

that thing you wrestle-

may not be as complicated as it seems.

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The confession

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Faint soul in prayer,

Approaching the Throne of grace where,

I confess –

Unburdening my distress.

But He is faithful, have no fear,

He allows only what you can bear.

My soul’s sorrow mirrored in my physical pain.

But His sacrifice was not in vain.

Therefore, I freely repent-

To my heart’s blossoming delight and content.

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Weekend Meditation – Being Free

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“Free yourself from the burden of feeling the need to hold on to anything. Let go… you are a part of everything.”― Steve Maraboli

“Freedom is viewed as a ‘right’ to those who don’t yet understand that everything is a ‘privilege.”― Craig D. Lounsbrough

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“When you truly sing, you sing yourself free. When you truly dance, you dance yourself free. When you walk in the mountains or swim in the sea, again, you set yourself free.”― Jay Woodman

“Freedom is not a license to act but a license to exercise free choices in any given situation.”― Vera Nazarian

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“In freedom can be found many devotions: a devotion to love, a desire to believe, a willingness to be happy, a perseverance to have peace. All these unseen things breathe and grow in the unseen soul. A free person is not an uncommitted person, but in a free person you will find a deep devotion, and a desire to be devoted to even more.”― C. JoyBell C.

“The feeling of being both trapped and free at the same time is the most mind twisting feeling of all.”― Melody Lee

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“To be free, you must think. There is no way to follow blindly and to be free.”― John Kramer

“Unless you are free from your own mind, you can never truly experience the freedom with life.”― Roshan Sharma

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Writing Inspiration – To my fellow bloggers, poets and writers of all kinds

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“You flourish one hushed breath at a time. Imagine all you can build word by single word.”― Laurie Seidler

“Writing is the knitting of the soul.”― Khaled Talib

“A writer is chosen by the universe to be the architect of the next generation.”
― Avijeet Das

“Words make it possible for our thoughts to travel through time and survive us.”
― Sandra Marinella

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“There is something you find interesting, for a reason hard to explain because you have never read it on any page; there you begin. You were made and set here to give voice to this, your own astonishment.”― Annie Dillard

“Solitary walks are great for getting new ideas. It’s like you’re in a video game and you pick up idea coins on the way.”― Joyce Rachelle

“Close the door, write with no one looking over your shoulder. Don’t try to figure out what other people want to hear from you. Figure out what you have to say. It’s the one and only thing you have to offer.”― Barbara Kingsolver

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“If I can write, who possibly can’t. Even drawing a line in the sand is writing,” ― Bangambiki Habyarimana

“But Jesus bent down and began to write on the ground with His finger.” John 8:6

“Writing poetry is a passion, ignited by thoughts, fueled by ink. A way to travel through another mind, where souvenirs of tears are tucked away inside your soul. Or leave you with smiles for miles, depending on which route you go.”― Renee Dixon

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“I work my inspiration til I find a spark of life in it
I draw on it
I siphon it
I earn my multi-hyphenate.”
― Lin-Manuel Miranda

“Dance above the surface of the world. Let your thoughts lift you into creativity that is not hampered by opinion.”― Red Haircrow

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“The meaning of your work can’t be summed up by an engagement button on social media.”― Alice Minium

“A real piece of writing is one in which the writer has tried to enrich not only the book, but also his understanding of the words. The words themselves have to be open to new ideas and suggestions, and the writer himself must have the audacity to attempt new things and to risk failure.”― Karl Wiggins

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“You say you have nothing to write about? How do you find things to talk about? You can write about those things you like to talk about, that’s your area of expertise.”― Bangambiki Habyarimana

Allowing yourself to make mistakes can ultimately go beyond a writer’s block.”― Neeraj Agnihotri

“You are lucky to be one of those people who wishes to build sand castles with words, who is willing to create a place where your imagination can wander.”― Anne Lamott

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“If writing didn’t create emotional risk, then it wouldn’t be worth doing.”
― James D. Maxon

“Sister-writer, treat your bedside pen and paper like royalty.”― Sahndra Fon Dufe

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Reflections – On Timing

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“The wait is as much journey as the motion, because timing is pivotal.”
― Innocent Mwatsikesimbe

“I do not know why there is this difference, but I am sure that God keeps no one waiting unless He sees that it is good for him to wait. When you do enter your room, you will find that the long wait has done you some kind of good which you would not have had otherwise.”― C.S. Lewis

“Most of what makes a book ‘good’ is that we are reading it at the right moment for us.”― Alain de Botton

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“Right time, right place, right people equals success.
Wrong time, wrong place, wrong people equals most of the real human history.”
― Idries Shah

“Sometimes I arrive just when God’s ready to have somone click the shutter.”― Ansel Adams

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“It’s always about timing. If it’s too soon, no one understands. If it’s too late, everyone’s forgotten.”― Anna Wintour

“We often forget that we are as we are until we’re not. We are the same until we’re changed… Timing is the one thing that we often forget to surrender to.”― Jamie Varon

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“If it comes easy, it will go fast.”― Andrena Sawyer

“But destiny is a very peculiar thing, with a complex timing that is impossible to comprehend.”― Diana Lanham

“It felt as if everything that had happened so far in my life had been leading me to this point, preparing me for this task, and that I was uniquely equipped to pursue this quest. It was a perfect collision of personality, past experience, purpose, and timing.”― Roz Savage

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“I used to think timing was everything. I have since learned that now is the time for everything.”― Stella Mowen

“The universe knows the perfect timing for all those things you want and will find, through the crack of least resistance, the best way to deliver it to you.” ― Esther Hicks

“When life tends to get too complex, too fast, too cluttered, too deadline oriented, or too type A for you, stop and remember your own spirit. You’re headed for inspiration, a simple, peaceful place where you’re in harmony with the perfect timing of all creation.” ― Dr. Wayne Dyer

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All my days

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Trudging through the snow to the car.

I travel not too far.

A swipe on the roof with one hand-

Scraper in the other – using it like a wand.

Errant thoughts float by,

I know not from where or why:

“This snow is so thick,”

“I wish to be done quick,”

“Why do I bother today,”

“Tomorrow, the snow may melt away,”

“Time is the master,”

“I must work faster.”

Suddenly –

The sound of birds chirping happily,

Travel to my ear sweetly.

Thy seem to sing a happy tune – because

The extreme cold that once was-

Is now greeted by warmer days.

Then, I inspired by their merry ways,

Hum a tune of praise

Thanking God for all my days.

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Short Reflection – Clarity of vision

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“If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, Infinite. “― William Blake

“When things feel murky and unsure, fine tuning our hearing so as to distinguish the voice of our Innermost Self brings clarity.” ― Kristi Bowman

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“Clarify what you are ‘for’, not against. This is true power.” ― Annie Zalezsak

“Clarity and peace of mind are powerful tools. Achieving either (and both) is only possible when we allow ourselves to “see” life in all its variance.”― Carlos Wallace

“If you look with clarity, the horizons will clear.”― Tom Althouse

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“When remaining quiet, still, not battling, the disorder disappears. Why? Because confusion comes from habitual and mechanical thinking. When mechanical thought stops it can no longer create confusion. In that quiet space is clarity.” ― The Daily Guru

“It is often wonderful how putting down on paper a clear statement of a case helps one to see, not perhaps the way out, but the way in.”― A. C. Benson

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“Clarity is the counterbalance of profound thoughts.” ― Luc De Clapiers

“Seeking Clarity is seeking connection with the universe. To connect is to understand; to be clear is to be enlightened.”― Annie Zalezsak

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Monday Reflection – The beauty of Water

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“In one drop of water are found all the secrets of all the oceans; in one aspect of You are found all the aspects of existence.”― Kahlil Gibran Jr.

“It is life, I think, to watch the water. A man can learn so many things.”― Nicholas Sparks

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“Human nature is like water. It takes the shape of its container.”― Wallace Stevens

“Always be like a water. Float in the times of pain or dance like waves along the wind which touches its surface.”― Santosh Kalwar

“Water seeks its own level. Look at them. The Tigris, the Euphrates, the Mississippi, the Amazon, the Yangtze. The world’s great rivers. And every one of them finds its way to the ocean.”― Alison McGhee

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“The water you kids were playing in, he said, had probably been to Africa and the North Pole. Genghis Khan or Saint Peter or even Jesus may have drunk it. Cleopatra might have bathed in it.”― Jeannette Walls

“Do not seek water, get thirst.”― Rumi

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“Water is the most versatile of all elements…It exists beyond all beginnings and ends. On the surface nothing will shift, but deep in underground silence, water will hide and with soft fingers coax a new channel for itself, until stone gives in and slowly settles around the secret space.”― Emmi Itäranta

“Water is the most perfect traveler because when it travels it becomes the path itself!”― Mehmet Murat ildan

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“The places where water comes together with other water. Those places stand out in my mind like holy places.”― Raymond Carver

“If snow melts down to water, does it still remember being snow?”― Jennifer McMahon

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“Although the surface of our planet is two-thirds water, we call it the Earth. We say we are earthlings, not waterlings. Our blood is closer to seawater than our bones to soil, but that’s no matter. The sea is the cradle we all rocked out of”― Tom Robbins

“We are all bodies of water, guarding the mystery of our depths”― Deborah Smith

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Private Reflection – The enchantment of life

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Life has incredible obstacles, some so difficult they threaten to scatter the beauty of your resolve, like lotus petals in the wind; yet, what ever your circumstance, there is much to enjoy in the enchantment of life.

Life’s imaginative fragrance (aka enchantment), can sometimes overpower us with its sweetness, lifting us to new heights of human capabilities. It can give us pause every now and then in the trials of the day – to hum a tune, you know– that song that somehow keeps playing over and over in your heart; or, to whistle a song that you once learned.

“Let us not remain anchored in the quicksand of a waning past, and lose the war on obliviousness, but let us listen to the bracing sounds of new horizons, grasp the enchantment of the fleeting instants and seize the cleverness of the moment.” ― Erik Pevernagie

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“If you still believe in magic,
you’re subject to enchantment.”
― Toba Beta

“Enchantment lies in everyday moments if you are observant.”― Amy Leigh Mercree

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“We’re invited to pay attention to the enchanted world around us in a new way, to be open to the possibility of an encounter with God at every moment.”― Mike Cosper

“Enchantment, even for a day, can make a whole life bearable.”― Larry Colker

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“Reality lies in the greatest enchantment you have ever experienced.”― Hugo von Hofmannsthal

“If there exist fortunate people, if from time to time the wild sun of joy soars towards foreign lands in a sweet whirling of ecstasy — then where are the words which might tell of this? And if in the world there exists a beauty for enchantment, then how might one describe it?”― Valery Bryusov

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“Without a doubt the sense of beauty does not lie determined in the concreteness of an individual beautiful thing or person. Rather its purpose is much more the enchantment of the soul, for there is nothing physical that is not made with the intent of affecting the soul, and there is no soul that does not intend to dazzle everything physical with its sensations.”― Alexander Lernet-Holenia

“In order to be enchanted we must be, above all, capable of seeing another person—simply opening one’s eyes will not do.”― José Ortega y Gasset

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“Guard and preserve your mystery like a chef who cannot reveal the secret to his best recipes. Remember, if you lose your mystery, you lose all your pizazz and enchantment.”― Lebo Grand

“The enchanted day is only enchanted if we ourselves believe that anything is possible.”― Mark O’Brien

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