post du jour ~gilbert

brendamarroy:

This is the most Accurate and beautiful piece of writing I have had the pleasure of reading. It perfectly describes the journey home to Self.

Originally posted on pathwriter:

Ruin is a gift. Ruin is the road to transformation.
~Elizabeth Gilbert

Dear Ones –

OK, so I don’t usually quote myself on this page, but a reader asked me today if I would take a moment to further explain this idea that ruin can sometimes be a gift in our lives.

*takes a deep breath*

Let me begin by saying that the ruin I’m talking about here is not something I would encourage anyone to ever deliberately seek. I’ve seen people who chase darkness and destruction on purpose (sometimes for the glamour of it, sometimes for the romance of it, sometimes for the sheer self-hatred of it) and this is not a path that I am capable of endorsing for anybody.

No, I’m talking about the ruin that happens to you, without you ever seeing it coming. The chaos that sneaks up on you.

Because sometimes the bottom falls…

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The Tiny Gifts that Matter

brendamarroy:

My friend and fellow blogger wrote this heartfelt, meaningful post. I share it with you because it contains a gift to soothe you and enrich your life. Enjoy.

Originally posted on Gems of Delight:

“Mommmmmmmyyyyy,” my three year old called to me to come into my bedroom. I was in a hurry, showering quickly, sighing as I put my hair up in a ponytail yet again, and worrying about getting out the door. In the first few seconds, I was annoyed she called me. But half way through her saying “mommy,” I heard it:

“This is it, Lisa,” a voice from within me said, “This is what matters. There’s delight in in her voice. Don’t crush it or hurry it. ”

“Mommy,” she said, as I walked out into the bedroom…exhaling, softening my shoulders, relaxing my body. The first thing I saw was her little face filled with love and delight.

“Did you know?” she started in a sing songish voice, “some times we hide pwesents for people we wuve and they have to find them!” She had made gifts and hid them while…

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lying in the mud

brendamarroy:

This is really good. I agree with what Viki has written and hope this message reverberates with many.

Originally posted on pathwriter:

And I felt like my heart had been so thoroughly and irreparably broken that there could be no real joy again, that at best there might eventually be a little contentment. Everyone wanted me to get help and rejoin life, pick up the pieces and move on, and I tried to, I wanted to, but I just had to lie in the mud with my arms wrapped around myself, eyes closed, grieving, until I didn’t have to anymore.

~Anne Lamott, Operating Instructions: A Journal of My Son’s First Year

I’ve been in this place before, and I know exactly what Anne Lamott means when she says “I just had to lie in the mud…grieving, until I didn’t have to anymore.” There were people who wanted me to “get help”—which was code for drugs to dull the pain—and I stood and listened while people tried to tell me that I shouldn’t…

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Come together, regardless of differences, to solve problems.

brendamarroy:

Beautiful and inspiring.

Originally posted on Dylan Rainwalker:

I was 18 years old standing in the back of my high school church youth group when my mind got to thinking. At this age I was first beginning to become aware of issues happening globally as opposed to only my own nation or community.  A desire grew within to gain understanding of any perspective which I had yet to experience or understand.  I wanted to truly see things from the perspective of the homeless, the child dying from disease in Africa, and the wealthy businessman.

My search for understanding of wider perspective was based largely on the desire to discover why problems of poverty (and by contrast excessive luxury) exist in our world at all. I wanted to gain understanding of what reality truly is.

Standing in the back of that sanctuary, the phrase came to mind: “bring people together, no matter what our differences, to solve global problems.”…

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How to be happy right now in this moment

brendamarroy:

This is simple and deserves to be seriously looked at. Thank you, Lisa.

Originally posted on Gems of Delight:

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Today’s Gem of Joy: 

People often come to me already aware/awake that they want to live an intentional life, that how they are currently doing things isn’t working, and they want to be happy and feel connected.  But they want to know HOW. 

How do I cultivate happiness?  How do I feel connected — to my own heart and to others?  

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Funny enough, often we want complicated answers.  We don’t want it to be simple.  Straightforward.  And something “I” have to do.

Maybe it’s because it’s easier to busy ourselves trying to change everything around us — get a new job, new partner, new house, new whatever.  We don’t want to go INWARD and journey into the dark places within. Why?  Because it’ll hurt.  We think we’ll be swallowed up in it.

Well, dear friends, as Rumi said, “The cure for the pain is the pain.”  That’s not something…

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Public Service Announcement

brendamarroy:

There is nothing negative about darkness. Reach out and embrace the darkness instead of running from it.

Originally posted on Lioness Art with Tameko:

Today’s Public Service Announcement: Change your language, change your mind. The word ‘dark’ does not mean negative. There’s positive energy and negative energy. Dark is all-encompassing. Light is illuminating. Black is not negative. Black is the color from which all colors are born.

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Slavery in 2013

brendamarroy:

This is hard to read but I know it is true. Please read. Humanity needs to wake up to what is going on all around us. Brenda

Originally posted on idealisticrebel:

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Our planet as it really is

Yes, there is slavery in America as well as in most other countries in the world. Why would people buy and sell other human beings? Greed, profit, gender discrimination, cheap labor force are some of the reasons.

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In some parts of our country and other countries, a girl is more likely to be raped than to learn how to read. Every year, 60 million girls are sexually assaulted at or on their way to school. There is an estimated 800,000 people trafficked across national borders annually. Eighty per cent are girls and women.

Here in America, on any day in any month,  someone may be sold into slavery.  100,000 to 300,000 people are trafficked annually. 83 % are being sold for sexual work. It is the fastest growing criminal industry in the world.

Public Broadcasting Stats

Public Broadcasting Stats

Worldwide, most trafficked persons are Asians. Up to 800,000 people, men, women, boys…

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