befriend yourself. allow the space to hold yourself and all you are feeling with grace and gentleness. allow space for nonaction and then mindful, compassionate action when and where appropriate. this is a practice. ~j
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We need to honor the dignity of every feeling that arises within us. This doesn’t mean we necessarily act on every feeling, but we knowledge them, without suppressing or repressing them.
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in so many ways we have been taught that being brave is being tough and to be tough means to harden ourselves up. but this isn’t true. when we harden and close up, we aren’t living out of bravery; we are living out of fear.
instead, we can open our hearts, allow ourselves to be vulnerable, raw, receptive, open, present to life. this is true bravery, this is love, and fear has no hold on love. living love is how we are set free.
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this doesn’t mean we have to like it all. rather, it is an orientation, an approach to life that says, “no matter the situation, i can offer my open-heartedness, my empathy, my tenderness and compassion.” it is an understanding that we can choose to arrive at each moment of our life with authenticity, without pushing anything away.