The End of Gratitude

Gratitude U

At least in collage form. For a while. Frankly, it was exhausting to summon up so much gratitude when I was hospital-worthy.

Gratitude V

Negative thoughts yoke themselves to negative emotions. One can trigger the other, strengthening the connection, creating a wider, smoother highway for each subsequent episode.

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Forging new neural responses through mindfulness and self-compassion takes time and lots of practice.  It feels counter-intuitive at first.  For years, perhaps, we’ve berated ourselves for not being strong enough, disciplined enough, grateful enough.  These core beliefs feel so true, we don’t even question them.

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You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection–Buddha

Science now supports what that old bodhi tree-sitter knew–mental illness must be embraced with love and awareness from those who suffer from it.

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It feels impossible only because it’s a path waiting to be created.  But I’ve found over the years of making my own trail through this bramble that it gets easier to remember the way back to it.  And once I remember to treat myself gently and with exquisite care, I find I can breathe again.

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And then, I can be grateful for the air, and my lungs, and this day.

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10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Littlesundog
    Nov 24, 2016 @ 09:25:49

    I love these words…”And once I remember to treat myself gently and with exquisite care, I find I can breathe again.” You always have the best little pearls of wisdom. 🙂

    Reply

  2. Elaine GREEN
    Nov 24, 2016 @ 10:53:22

    Thank you, as always for sending these updates and messages … With love, Laney

    Reply

  3. Barb Allison
    Nov 26, 2016 @ 10:33:23

    I’m so thankful for you and your LAUGHTER! Sometimes I say silly things just to hear you laugh.I love the sound of you laughing, it changes the energy of the room and brings everybody along for the ride!

    Reply

  4. Sawsan
    Nov 27, 2016 @ 21:12:57

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