Shout out to the women. You don't need to be perfect. You can show your flaws and show the world your not perfect. What does perfect mean anyway? A limitation the mind has made up. The version of yourself that is made up in your mind of who you think you need to be or act? Where has this idea come from? Society, Conditioning, Family. What if you let it all go and dropped into your heart and how you really feel. How can you show up authentically? Your imperfections are beautiful. You can tear down the mask of needing to hold it all together and pretending it's all ok even when it's not. You are human. You can be vulnerable and speak your truth even if it's uncomfortable and your voice shakes ❤
Good Morning World! 🌎 Whatever you are going through or growing through, make sure you take a moment to honor the blessing, the treasure, the beauty that is life, even during hardships and storms. It will strengthen you and help you see how it’s all relative... it all connects. I’ve had 3 people tell me over the past few weeks “the only way over is to go through”... this has been so very relevant.
Allow yourself to cry, to be angry, to celebrate, to rejoice, to disconnect, to sleep, to grieve, to process... to live. #lifematters#connection#divine#reflections#beauty#lifethoughts#cherishtheday#joy
I posted this picture a few days ago on my stories and someone commented, "you look so happy, stay blessed!". I immediately said how I was dealing with a phase of depression at the moment. As if being happy was wrong, unthought of, during this process. It would change the reality of my feelings, or my pain?
This just held me back and I realized that yes, at this particular moment, when the picture was being taken, I was happy! I was happy that the background looked so lovely in pictures. I was happy being around these teenage kids having a lot of fun. I was being a kid with them. Happiness isn't a destination. You're not going to happy all the time. But even when you're sad or depressed, you're not going to be in that state all the time too! You will find small happiness throughout the day. This moment, was my moment of happiness, just like this moment, when I am writing this down and reflecting over the moment is. Happiness lies in the very little things around us. Let's learn to appreciate our happiness.
By turning our wounds into wisdom incredible transformations can be made. Next week we welcome Susan Abulhawa, a writer of Palestinian origin. Her latest novel "Every morning in Jenin" tells the partly autobiographical story of families forced to leave their country after the birth of the State of Israel. Her presence will be an opportunity to reflect together with our researchers on the theme of forced migration and socio-economic integration of migrants. For more info about dates and places see the link in our bio.
All true, but not the full story.
It might not look it from the picture but we’ve had a fab trip up North! Caught up with some family, some friends.
Lunches out & games nights in.
Laughed til it hurts & recharged our batteries.
We’ve snuggled up watching quiz shows & shouted out the answers with conviction, not always right but that’s how we learn.
Yes, it’s rained. Rained a lot! But rain doesn’t have to stop play if you don’t let it.
Making the most of what we have. That’s our outlook this week. What looked like just a puddle from one angle ended up being a reflection of the tree from another.
Always more than one side to a story isn’t there? 😉
Get out of your head today. Overthinking has a way of convincing us that we should question the vision that's already been laid on our hearts.
God's plans for us are far beyond what our own thoughts can even imagine — of course it sounds crazy. Trust Him anyway. #joybyjayla#februaryselflovechallenge 🌹💌
take care of yourself! whether it’s three minutes to focus on breath, that yoga class, a morning hike, dancing in the living room like no ones watching, an hour doing a hot spring soak, remembering to drink water or nourishing food...you, your body, your mind and your spirit deserve it.
You’ll show up better in relationships, have a clearer mind, and be more bountiful with energy to put towards creativity and reflection and play and work
Last month, I spent almost two weeks forcing myself to try to work on projects and write my book in isolation because I felt so behind, like I had something to prove. During this period I barely went out and saw friends, hardly exercised and didn’t eat as well as I could’ve. It was a slip up and I felt it. I was more moody, some old symptoms started to pop back up, and my anxiety relapsed. •
I may have WANTED to put pages in the book and get a ton of work done in an ultra sprint working day to night but it wasn’t what I NEEDED. •
The scarcity mindset brewed by capitalism makes it feel like we need to work, work, work because we believe we don’t have enough — but we just trust that we will be okay. We must embrace an abundance mindset.
The way we achieve our goals matters. We can’t disconnect from our spirit, ourselves, each other and nature. It wont help us produce our best work, and it won’t be good for us in the long run.
Maybe some people romanticize the Thoreau approach and tuck away into a cabin in the woods, but I know people are good for me, hot water is good for me, a morning hike is good for me. These all strengthen me and my craft, not take time away from it. Sometimes I have to have a breakdown in order to realize the importance of taking a break. Even when it’s hard and it feels like there’s so much to be done, like there isn’t time to take time for ourselves...DO IT! It matters.🚿☀️ •