Monthly Archives: September 2017

I came across this prose written by Jonathan Raymond the other day. It resonated with me, and so I wanted to share it with you.

“Somewhere between what she survived, and who she was becoming, was exactly where she was meant to be. She was starting to love the journey. And find comfort in the quiet corners of her wildest dreams. They say people don’t change…Well, she wasn’t always this way. Even if she didn’t change the entire world, she would change her part of it. And she would affect the people she shared it with. A butterfly whose wings have been touched, can indeed still fly. Whether something was meant to be, or meant to leave, didn’t matter as much anymore. She would soak up the sun, kiss the breeze, and she would fly regardless.”

I hope that you are loving your journey and finding comfort in the quiet corners of your life. I hope you are willing to show up each day in your life with the unflinching presence which holds in it your greatest freedom. And, I hope that no matter what, you will fly. Stay true and be you —

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By |2017-10-30T10:14:48+00:00September 13th, 2017|Categories: Thoughts from the Barn|0 Comments

Loving and Believing in Yourself

I have been fortunate to observe my best friend and her fiancé plan their wedding for the past two years.  They got married this past Saturday, and it was one of the most beautiful weddings I have ever seen.  I had an added layer of privilege because my friend chose me to be her maid of honor.  As I witnessed the pure joy and love of the day and watched the guests enjoying themselves as we celebrated this exquisite union I thought to myself, “ I wonder how many of these people have ever asked themselves this question:  What kind of relationship do I have with myself?  I am going to go out on a limb here and guess that most people have never paused to ask this question.  Ever.  And if they did, I am reasonably confident that most would say that they are much more kind, compassionate, generous, and gentle with others in their life that they care about than they are with themselves.

Why is this?  Why are we so hard on ourselves?  Is it because we have set such high expectations for ourselves or that we don’t believe we are living up to the expectations of others?  Do we think that self-compassion is self-indulgent?  Do we feel unworthy or undeserving?  I don’t have the answer because I know it is different for everyone, but I do think that the inquiry is important.  And, asking as well as answering the question is an important exercise to go through. 

By |2017-10-30T10:14:49+00:00September 6th, 2017|Categories: Lines In The Sand, Thoughts from the Barn|0 Comments