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Archive for September, 2011

There’s a proverb that says, “I complained about having no shoes, until I met a man who had no feet.”

I love how this puts our personal concerns into perspective, reminding us that no matter how bad we think we have it, someone else is worse off than we are.  But the more I sit with it, the more it actually bothers me.  Am I supposed to find comfort in the fact that someone doesn’t have feet?  And am I supposed to forget about the fact that I need shoes?

I think the point is we have to take care of ourselves (it’s ok to have shoes if you have feet!) as well as realize we’re not the center of the universe.  We can’t let service be an excuse to not deal with our own issues, but we can’t let our own issues be an excuse to ignore what’s going on with the rest of the world.

We are all loved by Spirit and deserve compassion.    May we find balance today between loving ourselves and others.  Don’t forget about others, but don’t leave yourself out.  We are all connected.

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Just because someone gives you something doesn’t mean you have to keep it. Whether it’s a holiday present you don’t like (regifting is a wonderful thing), an heirloom piece of furniture from a great aunt that doesn’t fit your lifestyle, an attitude about the way the way the world works that doesn’t resonate with you, a way of seeing yourself that doesn’t feel loving or true, or a second helping at dinner when you’re not hungry.

You can be gracious and still honor your own free will.

Release, with grace and compassion, what no longer serves you.

Give yourself that gift.

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Hope of the Green Bough

Unless and until all the trees are gone,

all the birds have stopped singing,

and I have no heart,

I will carry this:

©Lynda Skeen

“If I keep a green bough in my heart, the singing bird with come.”

old Chinese saying

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“As you heal, know in your heart, ‘You are loved.’  Know this to be true.  And even if you can imagine no one else loving you, love yourself.  Start there.

“Heal with the patience and joy of a toddler learning to walk.  You wouldn’t force a child across a room before her time.  Be gentle with yourself as you transition forward.  When you can walk, walk, with much joy.  Encourage yourself; don’t beat yourself up.  Let life’s process unfold.

“Welcome your new soul parts home.  Welcome your healed body back into your life.  Welcome your power animals and spirit helpers.

And include yourself in your list of things you are grateful for.  Don’t abandon yourself.  Be your own best champion.

“The universe is huge; eternity is vast and full of mystery.  Welcome yourself and your allies and enjoy your journey.  You are not alone.  And remember, you are loved!”

© Lynda Skeen

© Lynda Skeen

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