Untitled. You are browsing articles on “clarity” Photo by Elisabetta Lugari Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it.
Always work with it, not against it. ~Eckhart Tolle The past few weeks, spurred by anxiety that sits heavy on my chest, I’ve been exerting all of my energy going against the flow of life. How I Stopped Feeling Depressed. Photo by Sandra Lara Since the start of this year, and for 8 months following that, I have been battling with feeling depressed.
And even though I thought I had overcome it during the first few months, its devastating effects lingered and haunted me in subtle ways. It wasn’t until a series of personal struggles and more episodes of emotional breakdowns that followed, did it eventually “crack” me and had bring me back to a place of serenity. This is a slice from that story. I have been writing and rewriting this article on and off for several months, each time exposing different details and insights. Truth be told, I was embarrassed. Then it occurred to me that, sharing my struggles with you is a good thing. It also shows you that all of us are in this together, in that we all dip into the pit falls of life’s turbulence, but we always recover, and often as a better person. Untitled. Photo by Shannon Editor’s Note This is one of the most beautiful piece of writing.
The Art of Letting Go. Photo by Rosie Hardy When the mind discovers that you are no longer afraid of its content, it will leave you alone.
There I was again — lying in bed paralyzed by emotion. Constant noise clamored for the attention of my awareness like an uninvited circus. Calliope music screeched a cacophony of self-criticism as lions roared and circled below me, eagerly awaiting my plunge from the high wire after losing my delicate balance between safety and self-destruction. What could I have done to deserve this? I lay there, unable to move physically, but tortured by a violent mental fight that raged within me. My consciousness kept trying to put out fire with fire, to silence thought with more thought. A Heavy Burden. Untitled. Photo by Eduardo Izquierdo The best place to find a helping hand is at the end of your own arm.
~Swedish Proverb A couple of months ago, I made the decision to end my financial dependence on my mother. I had on eighty-four cents in my bank account, no place to live and the only income I had was from a part time job and a couple of freelance projects. Though the timing may have been a bit dramatic, there was a sense of urgency in my decision. Untitled. Photo by Eduardoizq The things you own end up owning you.
It's only after you lose everything that you're free to do anything. ~Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club. Untitled. Photo by Arif Akhtar When you protect yourself from pain, be sure you do not protect yourself from love.
~Alah Cohen Many times in life we are faced with an experience where we pour our heart and soul into a situation and/or relationship only to have our heart broken. We feel like all of our efforts were in vain, and although we gave our all, we are standing in the midst of the rubble that remains. Untitled. Photo by Marcy Kellar Be content with what you have; rejoice in where you are.
When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you. ~Lao Tzu As a conscious gal who’s committed to deepening my relationship with Self and helping others do the same, I’ve learned some potent lessons about the World’s Most-Wanted, elusive state of happiness. Most often it’s our own expectation and longing for that happy-gassed state that’s actually the culprit of our suffering. See happiness — like any emotion — checks in and checks out on the regular. How I Deal With Depression. Photo by Nicolas Fuentes Turn my sorrow into treasured gold.
Untitled. Photo by Leo Rey Hope begins in the dark — the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come.
You wait and watch and work; you don’t give up. ~Anne Lamott My friend and I ran along the sidewalk, side by side, our warm breath filling the cold December air. We hoped to cover more miles than usual as we trained for a longer race. Rounding the corner to our least favorite hill, we routinely stopped talking, knowing we would pick up the conversation at the top just like we had done for years.
As we leaned into our steps, a man drove past us, leaned on his horn and gave us the finger for no reason. My friend turned towards the speeding car, her arms lifted in exasperation, and said, “Really?????” Untitled. How to Reclaim Your Life After Childhood Abuse. Photo by Utomo Hendra Saputra Editor’s Note This article deals with child sexual abuse, a difficult issue for most to stomach. Because, as Leslie points out, one in four women and one in seven men have been abused before they are 18, and because so many abused children grow up to seek help from posts like those on TSN, I thought it was important to publish Leslie's article.
However, if the subject is triggering, please seek a safe space where you can read this article, ask a trusted friend to read it with you or come back to it when you're feeling more ready. Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon and the truth. Untitled. Untitled. Photo by Arif Akhtar To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself. ~Thich Nhat Hanh I’ll never forget the first time I allowed myself to say, “I hate him.” Untitled. Photo by Steven Ritzer Remember how far you’ve come, not just how far you have to go. You are not where you want to be, but neither are you where you used to be. Untitled. Photo by 9042004 Duke It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are the most important. ~Arthur Conan Doyle I have always been wary of the little things in life.
The little things can steal my serenity, rob me of peace of mind and kill my joy. At the same time, I have been aware of the little things in my life: The smell of freshly brewed coffeeThe overheard laughter of a strangerA spider web glistening with morning dew. Untitled. Photo by Oliver Mercader Never regret yesterday. Life is in you today and you make your tomorrow. ~L. Ron Hubbard.