In the Shadows (poem)

Dedication:

To all those struggling with mental illness, may you feel your strength and courage again, may you find your way into the light and not suffer in the shadows. ~~~

4462015-lonely-girl-images

Through all this time I move with ease, 
like a fluid stroke or a calming breeze,
I hide so much that no one sees…
Through all these day I watch with eyes
so strong and steady showing no surprise 
I get weary and close them until again I rise…
Through all these years I listen with poise
I hear distant songs of young girls and boys
but find little music amid all the noise… 
Through all this time I’ve hid it well.
Through all this time, not even you could tell.

 

A Guided Fall #6 – Rejoice

Rejoicing is the outward expression of gratitude. In a state of gratitude there is no toxicity, no fear, no panic, no holding a grudge, no feeling less than or unlovable. Gratitude is giving thanks for the big and the small, the unanswered prayers and the unimaginable gifts. Rejoicing is dancing with it and singing about it; swimming through it and walking along side it.

leaping-praise

Reflect . Refocus . Restore . Revive . Receive . Rejoice

We’ve reset our compass, refocused our energy, infused some restorative practices into our lives, revived a dream and emptied our cups in preparation to receive our bountiful harvest. Now it’s time to rejoice!    

Here is the sixth and final installment in our six week journey to consciously create a time of growth and renewal.

Rejoicing is the outward expression of gratitude. In a state of gratitude there is no toxicity, no fear, no panic, no holding a grudge, no feeling less than or unlovable.

Gratitude is giving thanks for the big and the small, the unanswered prayers and the unimaginable gifts.

Rejoicing is dancing with it and singing about it; swimming through it and walking along side it.

Rejoicing is sitting by a window watching waves carry new gifts onto the shore and sharing champagne and stories of gratitude with someone you love.

However you rejoice, quietly or with a megaphone, find time to melt into it. Let it envelop and embrace you and feel blessed and restored. Let it run through your veins until your heart bursts open and feel revived, renewed and transformed.