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Laurie's Gentle Healing Notes

I honor this me

who struggled to get to this place,

this me who remained focused

when it was unclear

where to go next,

who was always willing

to reach out

one more last time,

never tiring of searching

and never giving up hope

of a gentler way.

And so, taking one more leap,

I set her free.

– In honor of all who dare to return to the heart, embracing a gentler way

– Please visit Becca Givens to find more nurturing posts.

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One day you finally knew
what you had to do, and began,
though the voices around you
kept shouting
their bad advice –
though the whole house
began to tremble
and you felt the old tug
at your ankles.
“Mend my life!”
each voice cried.
But you didn’t stop.


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The Journey

I was contemplating this poem for a while now – a kind of internal meditation for me – how strongly it expresses courage and self love as right things in life…


The Journey


One day I finally knew what I had to do, and began,

though the voices around me kept shouting their bad advice,

though the whole house began to tremble

and I felt the old tug at my ankles.


“Mend my life!” each voice cried. But I didn’t stop.

I knew what I had to do, though the wind pried

with its stiff fingers at the very foundations,

though their melancholy was terrible.


It was already late enough, and a wild night,

and the road full of fallen branches and stones.

But little by little, as I left their voices behind,

the stars began to burn through the sheets of clouds,

and there was a new voice

which I slowly recognized as my own,

that kept me company as I strode deeper and deeper into the world,

determined to do the only thing I could do,

determined to save the only life I could save.


–  adapted from Mary Oliver

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