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are you holding suffering?

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Today the wordARTist is thinking about how hard we are on ourselves. How we beat ourselves up when we don’t put paintbrush to canvas or words to the page or notes to the instrument. How we take our little human mistakes and magnify them until we are overwhelmed with the certainty that we cannot possibly be worthy of love. 

Today, just for today, what one small kindness can you do for yourself? It doesn’t have to be perfect or big or difficult. Just kind.

Here are some wise words to help you on your quest.

May I learn to look at myself through the eyes of understanding and love. –Thich Nhat Hanh

Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible. –the Dalai Lama

There must be quite a few things a hot bath won’t cure, but I don’t know many of them. –Sylvia Plath

The one thing that can solve most of our problems is dancing. –James Brown

Suffering is not holding you. You are holding suffering. When you become good at the art of letting sufferings go, then you’ll come to realize how unnecessary it was for you to drag those burdens around with you. You’ll see that no one else other than you was responsible. The truth is that existence wants your life to become a festival. –Osho

(Photo: The Gardens at Hedgebrook, Whidbey Island, Washington, copyright 2005 by Diana Rico.)

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  1. * penny simi says:

    Did the wordARTist select each of these quotes to get us going? I sure loved the inclusion of my man, James Brown. “I Feel Good”! When I was about 14, I began going to see James Brown each year when he and The Famous Flames came to – no, set fire to – the Oakland Auditorium. His music, and his dancing, and the amazing drama he played out onstage transported us out of whatever our suffering of the moment to a place of ecstasy. Today I will be kind to myself and dance – to Live at the Apollo.

    Posted 8 years, 8 months ago


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