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Sustaining the Self and Beyond

All the spring promises

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IMG_1931Another month has nearly passed. Today felt more like spring than the frigid, windy weather that has been blowing through eastern Massachusetts.

I have been so busy moving forward with my songwriting business that I have neglected this blog and all of you. Have I told you how thankful I am for you? You have helped me through some difficult times, and I am sure I do not thank you often enough.

Thank you!

I find it interesting how easy it is to slip into the habit of only venting the negative, frustrating elements of life rather than communicating the positive. A couple of years ago, I thought I should begin cultivating the practice of expressing beauty and kindness as I witnessed it in the day to day.

I began telling people I found beautiful that I found them so. I tried to tell the people I loved more often how much I loved them.

But the mind works in mysterious ways. I fall back into the habit of focusing on the negative so readily that it can be alarming when I recognize how far down the spiral I have traveled into darkness.

IMG_1904This winter has been a stressful one. A woman came into my life who embraces the negative far too much for me. Typically, I try to disengage from individuals that behave aggressively toward me. my first instinct is to respond in kind, but I know that it will only serve to worsen the situation. Instead, I try to practice energy aikido.

Aikido does not work if you have to deal with a difficult individual on a regular basis, so this winter was one of sleepless nights and anxiety attacks.

I am heartened by the knowledge that winter cannot last forever. Spring, with its grey sky and showers promises new life and new beginnings.

I look forward to those new beginnings, the ones I cultivate and the ones the universe delivers. May they be plentiful and uplifting for mind, body, and spirit!

Happy spring!

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Author: marieke

I am a writer, artist, musician, songwriter, editor, and yogi. I am a seeker and a wanderer. I love spending time learning about the wildness of human nature and the world around me.

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