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Psalm 114:18 says “The Lord is my strength and my song…” This is where I draw strength from. Daily meditation on his Word, calming music, and as much nature as possible helps me to navigate each day with it’s challenges and blessings and growth opportunities.
From meditation, from listening carefully to my teachers, from rebuilding the foundation that was lost. From ruthlessly insisting on a foundation of kindness, from courage, and from love.
Prayer and meditation, and to remember that nothing lasts forever. Having supportive friends and family is paramount. Knowing I am not alone is huge.
One of the pluses of getting older is that I have more experience getting through adversity in one piece. So there is strength for me in that knowledge.
I like this, Malag!
From within…awareness of where I have been in life…that there is something beyond self…faith that I am not alone…
From my family, friends and That Which Is.
Ultimately, the FAITH that my prayers will be answered in God’s time. LOVE that stems and that will continue to stem from my heart despite its brokenness and painful experiences. .
By doing those things I didn’t think I was able. Exploring the outer limits – which probably are not limits anyway.
My friends and my husband are always supportive of me, and I treasure them deeply. I struggled with something this week and one of my friends gave me the tools to breathe through it. It helped and I feel a bit stronger now.
Turning within to that God power within by closing my eyes, feeling my breath and know I am an instrument of the divine.
I’ll keep this page open today as I work on the ‘major revisions’ for my paper and try not to stress out. I also like Study Music of some sort on youtube to calm my mind when doing stressful writing. Making the figures for the papers is ‘play’ but the writing is often dreadfully stressful.
Today, I find myself open and warm. Healing from illness but grateful and strong that I am in love and that I am loved and that I deserve it.
For many challenges I draw on a sense of obligation for service toward others–paying it forward, doing what I can to make the world a better place, being a good parent or partner or work colleague. This is a positive meaning of “obligation” for me; I’ve been trying to come up with a warmer word for it and one that doesn’t sound patronizing or unwilling. “Responsibility”, perhaps.
My parents raised me with the understanding that I had been given many unearned gifts (this was before the term “privilege” was in circulation among middle-class white people living in Lewiston, Idaho) and that therefore I should use those gifts to help others who hadn’t been so lucky. I’m so glad that was my early grounding (thanks, Mom). It instilled kindness and caring.
If I care about others I can be strong for them. And if I care about myself I can be strong for myself–and can also recognize when I need to acknowledge that I’ve done what I can and beating myself up for not doing more isn’t kind or caring. That last part has taken a lot of work over the years.
From my family and knowing who I am and want to be
When I sponsored others in 12-Step, I use to tell them when they were in distress, “If your in the past or the future you go there alone because God IS. Isness resides in the present. Perhaps, that is why the term often used for God is Presence. Another source of strength I find helpful is practicing mindfulness and growing in self-awareness. The biggest battles are always within. This quote from Eckhart Tolle comes to mind. “Whenever tragic loss occurs, you either resist or your yield…Yielding means inner acceptance of what is. You are open to life. Resistance is an inner contraction, a hardening of the shell of the ego. You are closed. Whatever action you take in a state of inner resistance (negativity), will create more outer resistance, and the Universe will not be on your side; life will not be helpful. If the shutters are closed, the sunlight cannot come in. When you yield internally, when you surrender, a new dimension of consciousness opens up. If action is possible or necessary, you will be aligned with the whole and supported by creative intelligence…If no action is possible, you rest in the peace and inner stillness that comes with surrender.” The New Earth p. 57
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