New growth in surprising places

Oh, yes, it is all about perspective, as I said at the beginning of this week.  The lesson about changing our point of view was apparently something I needed to learn.

And here is what I am figuring out….

When we are our truest selves, when we remove the masks, open our hearts, and listen deeply to what our soul wants us to know…
change happens.  It may not be pretty, it may hurt, or it may bring us joy.

When it hurts, though, we need to take care of ourselves.  As someone pointed out to me this week, it is similar to those rehearsed messages on the airplane before take off…put that oxygen mask on you first, then help the other person.  

new growth in surprising placesWhen I took time to do some self care this week, the healing began.  Lots of talking to those I trust deeply, letting tears come, and allowing my self to process what took place. On this side of it all, looking back, I know that this was the best course of action.  I have changed a bit, have more awareness of what is true, and have identified something that has held me back for a very long time.

Then I got out the box of crayons and this tree appeared on the easel.  

A tree with a tiny branch of new growth in a surprising place.   A sign of hope.  A promise of renewal.  From deep below the surface…..where the light and love undulates and shimmers and produces the magic of life, deep within……nudges and messages of love flow freely.

Now it is up to me to just accept that love and let it spill out and share it with the world.

Thank you for your loving, thoughtful comments this week..



Texture that adds to our beauty

textured daisies
“For better or worse, what we see as our emotional bumps and bruises
 is really texture that adds to our beauty.” 
— words of a friend from the Getting Naked class
Some days life just hurts.  I’ve been working on this post for way too long this evening, hoping inspiration will hit me. But here is the raw truth.
My week began with being shamed.  (You can learn more about shame by going to Brene Brown‘s website.)  For a lot of reasons, I simply won’t go into the details of what occurred here.
It’s not the first time nor will it be the last.  Now I know how to recognize it more readily, and am learning how to take care of my heart and soul and heal from all this.  
I have a lot of gratitude for friends I can trust, for my husband, and for my BBBE’s – and you know who you are. Words are powerful. Words of love are like super charged magic that changes us for the better.
And I am finding the courage to face my worst fears.  
Trust me, all of this is connected.
The same person who shared her own wisdom (shown at the top of this post) also shared this quote:
not turn away from the bandaged place.  
That’s where the light enters