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Topic: Words of comfort, encouragement and wisdom

  1. PamelaR
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    27 February 2018 in reply to Music_Freak

    Good afternoon everyone

    Welcome Narelle.

    My offering for today by Gloria Vanderbilt

    When I begin to sit

    With the dawn in solitude,

    I begin to really live.

    It makes me treasure

    Every single moment of life.

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  2. Feeling Lonely
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    28 February 2018 in reply to Birdy77

    Thank you for bringing my attention to this thread... such beautiful words that warm my heart.

    My little offering, which is just a mantra that I repeat to myself often, no famous poets, just my words:

    My life is unfolding exactly as it should

    I am exactly where I am meant to be

    Through the darkness will come the light

    Where I will truly love me for me

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    28 February 2018 in reply to Feeling Lonely

    Thank you so much for that lovely meditation 🐝PamelaR, i sat with the dawn in solitude this morning, and i felt refreshed and peaceful.

    So great to have you here FL 😊, thank you for sharing your uplifting mantra, powerful words to encourage acceptance of your wonderful self.

    🌻birdy

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    28 February 2018

    Her are two short but powerful offerings from one of the most wonderful teachers of compassion and peace, Thich Nhat Hanh:

    We are all the leaves of one tree. We are all the waves of one sea.

    And...

    No mud, no lotus.

    ❤🌻birdy

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    28 February 2018

    When I am among the trees,
    especially the willows and the honey locust,
    equally the beech, the oaks, and the pines,
    they give off such hints of gladness.
    I would almost say that they save me, and daily.

    ...


    Around me the trees stir in their leaves
    and call out “Stay awhile.”
    The light flows from their branches.

    And they call again, “It’s simple,” they say,
    “and you too have come into the world to do this, to go easy, to be filled
    with light, and to shine.”

    excerpt from When I am among the trees by Mary Oliver

    Let your light shine lovely people.

    🌻 birdy

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    1 March 2018 in reply to Birdy77

    Dear 🌻birdy

    Love your - no mud, no lotus. Can relate to that.

    Your offering from Mary Oliver is beautiful. When I walk through the bush, I feel like the trees talk to you too. The rays of sunshine filtering through bring life to all that bounds in forests.

    My words for today come of Hope is a Thing With Feathers by Emily Dickinson

    Hope is a thing with feathers

    That perches in the soul,
    And sings the tune without the words,
    And never stops at all,

    And sweetest in the gale is heard;
    And sore must be the storm
    That could abash the little bird
    That kept so many warm.

    I've heard it in the chillest land,
    And on the strangest sea;
    Yet, never, in extremity,
    It asked a crumb of me.

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  7. Music_Freak
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    5 March 2018 in reply to PamelaR

    Why am I here crying...this thread is meant to be uplifting. I think there's something wrong with me.

    I wish I had something to share

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    5 March 2018 in reply to Music_Freak

    Hi Music Freak

    Big virtual hugs to you. My heart goes out to you. You seem in some awful pain.

    How about we move over to your thread? We can talk there. Have a think about - what is causing you to think there is something wrong with you; what is it that's wrong with you and let me know on your thread.

    PamelaR.

  9. Music_Freak
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    5 March 2018 in reply to PamelaR

    Thanks Pamela, I'm sorry I hijacked this thread, I shouldn't have.

    The one thing I tend to turn to is song lyrics, perhaps I could share some and try and contribute something here

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    5 March 2018 in reply to Music_Freak

    Aww Music Freak, that's not what I meant!! Just thought you'd be more comfortable in your space.

    Love your idea of song lyrics - why not give it a burst??

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    10 March 2018 in reply to PamelaR

    Dear PamelaR

    I love that poem by Emily Dickinson, and this time you beat me to it ... good minds ...

    Dear MusicFreak,

    I think your tearful response is perfectly natural ... depending on what emotions are running at the time, when you read/hear hopeful, uplifting, encouraging things, tears can fall. It's ok!

    There's absolutely nothing wrong with you. Whatever reaction or response you have, that is OK.

    You are OK.

    You are enough ❤

    🌻 birdy

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    10 March 2018

    If I can stop one heart from breaking,
    I shall not live in vain;

    If I can ease one life the aching,
    Or cool one pain,

    Or help one fainting robin
    Unto his nest again,

    I shall not live in vain.

    by Emily Dickinson

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    10 March 2018 in reply to Birdy77

    Let me hold the door for you.

    I may have never walked

    A mile in your shoes,

    But I can see that

    Your soles are worn

    And your strength is torn

    Under the weight of a story

    I have never lived before.

    So let me hold the door for you.

    After all you've walked through,

    It's the least I can do.

    By Morgan Harper Nichols

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  14. Music_Freak
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    10 March 2018 in reply to PamelaR

    Love these last two...can relate to them.

    Thank you for posting Birdy & Pamela

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    11 March 2018 in reply to Music_Freak

    You're welcome Music Freak.

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    11 March 2018 in reply to Birdy77

    Hi Birdy

    Sorry about the shingles. It's damn painful. Hope you were able to get the injection to help reduce the severity of pain.

    Would love to see you on my deck this coming Friday for cocktails and star gazing. Music Freak, if you're not busy, did you want to come along too?

    My offering for today:

    To protect your energy...

    It's okay

    • to cancel a commitment
    • to not answer a call
    • to change your mind
    • to want to be alone
    • to take a day off
    • to do nothing
    • to speak up
    • to let go.

    Live by the sun. Love by the moon.

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    11 March 2018 in reply to PamelaR

    Thank you PamelaR so much for that lovely reminder that it's ok ... i will use that like a permission slip. Beautiful protection of energy.

    For sure, I am already taking orders for cocktails in preparation ... what's yours Music?

    Ok here is something from Maya Angelou. I shared it recently on Karen's (Grandy's) thread as it was something i wish for her, and here it is for everybody:

    My wish for you

    is that you continue.

    Continue to be who

    and how you are,

    to astonish a mean

    world with your

    acts of kindness.

    Continue to allow

    humour to lighten

    the burden of your tender heart.

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    12 March 2018 in reply to Birdy77

    Hey Birdy (love your name ☺) and everyone

    Read part of a book that wasnt holding me but gained something valuable from it

    In life we need 3 things

    • Something to do
    • Something to work towards
    • Something to love

    Love it and she didnt say someone to love, although most of us but not all need people I felt she was very wise with those words.

    Yes I've heard of Maya Angelou shes a good and wise lady.

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    14 March 2018 in reply to demonblaster

    Dear Deebs 😙

    Thank you for posting those three things.

    When we're at our lowest, everything can seem too hard, but those three things you posted could be made into the simplest elements as you bring it into the everyday moments of life ... even if for example:

    something to do might be to make a cuppa;

    something to work towards might be to take a shower;

    something to love might be the smell of rain after a hot day.

    When we're feeling well, those three things (something to do, work towards, love) can take on much bigger meanings, if we want them to.

    I feel like i will keep my three things small today.

    Thank you Deebs.

    🌻birdy

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    14 March 2018

    Today - by Mary Oliver

    Today I’m flying low and I’m
    not saying a word.
    I’m letting all the voodoos of ambition sleep.


    The world goes on as it must,
    the bees in the garden rumbling a little,
    the fish leaping, the gnats getting eaten.
    And so forth.


    But I’m taking the day off.
    Quiet as a feather.
    I hardly move though really I’m travelling
    a terrific distance.


    Stillness. One of the doors
    into the temple.

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    14 March 2018 in reply to Birdy77

    Enjoyed listening to a song by Glen Campbell this morning - "Try a little kindness", which gave me a feeling of warmth on an otherwise down day:

    If you see your brother standing by the road
    With a heavy load from the seeds he's sowed
    And if you see your sister falling by the way
    Just stop and say, you're going the wrong way

    You got to try a little kindness
    Yes show a little kindness
    Just shine your light for everyone to see
    And if you try a little kindness
    Then you'll overlook the blindness
    Of narrow-minded people on the narrow-minded streets

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    14 March 2018 in reply to Guest8901

    I love that song Amanda, it's so simple and lovely ... and now i will have it in my head all day!

    I hope you can try a little kindness towards yourself today Amanda. You deserve it ❤

    In a world where you can be anything, be kind.

    🌻birdy

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    20 March 2018 in reply to Birdy77

    Hi Birdy. I havent seen you around in quite a while. Are you okay? Other than my own thread, this is probably the best place to reach you. So I'm reaching out to you by posting a couple of words of wisdom, encouragement and comfort here.

    "Today I close the door on the past, Open a door to the future, Take a deep breath, Step through, and Begin a new Chapter in my Life".

    "Sometimes its just better to remain silent, and smile".

    "Three things you should never break - promises, trust and somebody's heart".

    "You may be sad because you've been through a lot, but be proud for being strong enough for making it through".

    I hope some or all of these inspire, comfort and encourage others.

    Amanda

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  24. Music_Freak
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    20 March 2018 in reply to Guest8901

    Love the last two Amanda :)

    My mum had a wall hanging of the something very similar to the second to last one and I always loved it :)

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    20 March 2018 in reply to Guest8901

    Awesome words Amanda. I also echo her concern. Birdy we haven't seen you around for a couple of days. What's new for you?

    I have no words of wisdom atm.

    Kind regardsPamelaR

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    Blessing by John O'Donoghue

    On the day when
    the weight deadens
    on your shoulders
    and you stumble,
    may the clay dance
    to balance you.

    And when your eyes
    freeze behind
    the grey window
    and the ghost of loss
    gets in to you,
    may a flock of colours,
    indigo, red, green,
    and azure blue
    come to awaken in you
    a meadow of delight.

    When the canvas frays
    in the currach of thought
    and a stain of ocean
    blackens beneath you,
    may there come across the waters
    a path of yellow moonlight
    to bring you safely home.

    May the nourishment of the earth be yours,
    may the clarity of light be yours,
    may the fluency of the ocean be yours,
    may the protection of the ancestors be yours.

    And so may a slow
    wind work these words
    of love around you,
    an invisible cloak
    to mind your life.

    From Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom by John O'Donoghue

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    1 April 2018 in reply to Birdy77

    Hello everyone

    Birdy, I loved your poem from Anam Cara. Especially the last paragraph - the beauty of the wind working an invisible cloak to mind your life. Very visually pleasing. Thank you so much for sharing.

    My contribution for today is by Sylvia Plath -

    I want to live and feel all the shades, tones, and variations of mental and physical experience possible in my life. And I am horribly limited.

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    1 April 2018 in reply to Birdy77

    🐰 🐇 🙋

    ᕼᗩᑭᑭY ᕮᗩSTᕮᖇ ᗷIᖇᗪY!

    𝓢𝓔𝓩 𝔁𝓸

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    14 April 2018 in reply to Just Sara

    Thank you Pammy for the words from Sylvia Plath. Experiencing all the shades and tones of experience is a good reminder for us to strive to accept ourselves, our thoughts, feelings and woundedness.

    Thank you Amanda for contributing your encouraging quotes, I'm sorry i missed acknowledging your post earlier.

    Thank you Sez for your Easter greetings, i can finally see all your fancy-pants fonts! My phone software needed an update 🦖

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    I think of the trees and how simply they let go, let fall the riches of a season, how without grief (it seems) they can let go and go deep into their roots for renewal and sleep.... Imitate the trees. Learn to lose in order to recover, and remember that nothing stays the same for long, not even pain, psychic pain. Sit it out. Let it all pass. Let it go.

    May Sarton

    From her Journal of a Solitude.

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