What can happen if you avoid things that are uncomfortable?

Jul 03 2012 Published by under Attitude, Choice, Inspiration

Recently I received an e-mail from a wonderful and very insightful girl called Emily. The article below is what I would like Emily to read as my reply. It was written by Christine Kane. I just love what Christine teaches us!

Written by Christine Kane

Somewhere along the way, we learn to avoid things that are uncomfortable.

“Hey look at this,” we think. “If I just stay here in the middle – away from the sharp edges – then I don’t get too banged up.”

Slowly, our passions and goals stop being about what we want to create or who we dream of becoming.  Continue Reading »

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Spring is here: time to create a healthy future by tending to your recovery!

Mar 16 2012 Published by under Change, Inspiration

I came across this beautiful affirmation that I must share with you. It’s from a book by Rokelle Lerner called ‘Affirmations for the Inner Child’. Hope you will find these words powerful and encouraging too.

I am creating a healthy future.

Snow drifts to the ground in soft white flakes, changing the shape and the look of the land. When the snow is thick and deep, it hides everything, both beautiful and ugly. Abandoned cars, garbage, flowers and gardens become vague shapes in the fields of endless white. It is not until spring that we really know what lies beneath the snow. I have buried my past underneath many feet of snow. This beautiful cover hides the good and the bad alike. New growth and new healing cannot take place until spring comes.

Today I will no longer be afraid of spring. I will welcome it. When my past is revealed, I will remove the old debris and reflect on the good memories there. Then, like a loving gardener, I will plant seeds, encouraging new growth. In this season of rebirth I am creating a healthy future by tending to my recovery.

Stay strong, remain hopeful and seek inspiration! 

P.S. What are the precious  ‘snowdrops’ underneath your snow of depression? Please share, as your beautiful memories can give a gift of inspiration to so many people.

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The year of the dragon and timeless words of Chinese wisdom.

Jan 23 2012 Published by under Inspiration

Today is Chinese New Year:  the year of the Dragon!

Apparently, the dragon is a widely recognized symbol of growth, strength and vitality, and is believed to bring strong regenerative powers.

To celebrate the arrival of this powerful animal, I put together a few Chinese proverbs to ponder over.

I believe it’s extremely important to soak up every single drop of inspiration on your journey out of depression. So, let’s open our hearts to these words of Chinese wisdom:

#1 Habits are cobwebs at first; cables at last. 

#2 The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their right names.

#3 Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still.    Continue Reading »

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Timeless teachings of a wisdom whisperer…(Cracked pots)

Mar 04 2010 Published by under Inspiration

I would like to share a story with you. I first came across this story about 10 years ago. I have kept it ever since, as every time I read it, it touches my heart.

Also, while I move through various stages and tribulations of my personal growth, I derive different meanings from this very simple and elegant piece of folklore.

Here it is:

Cracked Pots (Unknown author, retold by many).

A water bearer in China had two large pots, each hanging on the end of a pole which he carried across his neck.

One of the pots had a crack in it, while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water.

At the end of the long walk from the stream to the house, the cracked pot arrived only half full.
For a full two years this went on daily, with the bearer bringing home only one and a half pots of water.

Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments, perfect for which it was made. But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and miserable that it was able to accomplish only half of what it had been made to do.

After two years of what it perceived to be bitter failure, it spoke to the bearer one day by the stream: ‘I am ashamed of myself, because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your house.’

The bearer smiled and replied:

‘Did you notice that there are flowers on your side of the path, but not on the other pot’s side?

That’s because I have always known about your flaw, so I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back, you water them. For two years, I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate the table and share with others.

Without you being just the way you are, there would not be this beauty….’

Usually this story is followed by ‘and the moral of this story is….’ or ‘Each of us has…’.

I’m deliberately leaving no conclusions or explanations. I would like you to ponder over the meaning of this story in relation to your own life. I would like you to harvest the pearls of wisdom and treasure them.

I also hope you find courage and share your thoughts, as your insights could be life-altering gifts or amazing discoveries to all of us.

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