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11 Powerful Quotes about Healing from Trauma

11 Powerful Quotes about Healing from Trauma

Coping with trauma, what happened in you in response to what happened to you, is a tall order. Especially when you’re coping by trying different ways to heal it rather than hide it. If you’re one of those trying, I bow to you, and I share these quotes about healing from trauma with you, because of who you've become.

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Self-Talk When You Can’t Control Other People: 18 Affirmations to Keep You Moving Forward

Self-Talk When You Can’t Control Other People: 18 Affirmations to Keep You Moving Forward

You’re not supposed to be able to control how other people live their lives — that’s their thing, not yours. I wrote these affirmations to help us both keep our focus on what matters most in difficult situations and conversations: what we CAN control. And what we can control is enough.

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Burn Your Thoughts: A Candle Gazing Ritual for Letting Go

Burn Your Thoughts: A Candle Gazing Ritual for Letting Go

Here’s an enchanting candle gazing meditation that’s easy to do and doesn’t require a whole lot from you. It’s from my book Sleep Rituals, reworked and given an appropriate name: Burn Your Thoughts. Give yourself that mental space — to clear away whatever isn’t letting you be fully in the moment, or fully in your life.

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9 Grief Affirmations for Feeling and Healing the Difficult Emotions

9 Grief Affirmations for Feeling and Healing the Difficult Emotions

There’s a reason, a time and place for everything we feel. We hurt because it mattered. We grieve because we’ve loved. Being human means being awake to every season and storm we walk through, and finding what helps us get through “the worst” without giving up or turning to stone. See if these grief affirmations help you do that.

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Goodbye Poem

Goodbye Poem
It’s hard to say goodbye: to someone you love, to who you used to be, to how life used to be. Whether you’re saying goodbye to a person, a whole year (2020) or something from the past you don’t need anymore, I hope this poem lets you know that it’s OK to be right where you are. It's OK to be human instead of perfect. Continue reading

Gifts of Grief (An Incomplete List)

Gifts of Grief (An Incomplete List)
The extent of our grief is a measure of our love, and its presence in our lives isn’t something to be shunned or swept under the rug. This is the idea that grief is not bad nor is it necessarily negative. In truth, it's a witness to love. Seen in a certain light, even grief has its gifts and its beauty. Continue reading

Love again. Love again. Love again.

Love again. Love again. Love again.

Life after the most difficult things isn't easy, but I’d rather live one lifetime like that — heartbreak, love, heartbreak, love — than a thousand lifetimes with my heart closed, feeling nothing at all. Read this letter if you need inspiration for how you live your "life after."

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A "Things I Forgive You For" List

A "Things I Forgive You For" List

True, wholesome, meaningful forgiveness doesn’t stop at saying a few magic words. But it could start there. Like every facet of healing, forgiveness is a process. If certain experiences in your past still weigh heavy on your soul, and you’re ready to confront them, then explore your own "things I forgive you for" list.

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An Open Letter to My Younger Self: You'll Make It Through

An Open Letter to My Younger Self: You'll Make It Through

It’s not too late to be the person you needed when you were younger. It’s never a wrong time to give yourself what you need. If what you need is forgiveness for past wrongs or acceptance of who you are today or appreciation for how far you’ve come, this open letter is yours to read. It's what I wish my younger self knew.

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A Prayer for New Beginnings + the Strength to Love Again

A Prayer for New Beginnings + the Strength to Love Again

May we have the courage to greet each new beginning (and each decision) with an open heart. Whether you need to start over or keep going, I hope this prayer inspires you to keep hope alive, to trust in love one more time, and to take care of yourself along the way. The best changes start on the inside, with you.

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