Our stories intertwine . . . overlap . . . run into each other, as we chase the dreams in our hearts; the longings of our souls.
As we share our stories, we find ourselves singing along to the same song; melodies of life and love; pain and suffering.
Words of truth reveal our shine and sparkle, and reflect that of others. I share my bits and pieces here, in hopes that others will recognize the shine within themselves, as the light reflects.
Sunday, August 25, 2013
Smile into Suffering
Suffering is not enough. Life is both dreadful and wonderful.
How can I smile when I am filled with so much sorrow?
It is natural-- you need to smile to your sorrow because you are more than your sorrow.
Thich Nhat Hanh
When I find myself overcome by despair or fear
Remembrance of truth helps me walk through
Without succumbing to the darkness
During times of extreme trial
I've covered my walls with
Words of strength, hope and encouragement
Reminders of the bigger picture
Of the temporary nature of events and experiences in this life
I read them aloud to myself
Until the truths they contain
Seep in and settle my soul
'Til I'm able to release the fear
and rest in the solid goodness of Love
Smiling at oneself is so very important
Grace and tenderness
Thich Nhat Hanh talks of smiling at your fears
in recognition, acceptance and love
When I remember
When I lovingly smile at my internal woundedness
. . . my human frailties
And extend compassion and love to all aspects of self (and others)
A simple smile can change everything
Truths remembered can save us from depths which threaten to overwhelm
So, I remember. I smile. I speak truth.
Until the words are part of me Seeds taking root
Through it all
Whenever we can smile within ourselves
and remember the precious beloveds that we are
We will more quickly return to the sunshine
on the other side
Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile,
but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.