Life Lessons Learned While Quilting

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If it has to be done, make it fun. Look everywhere and see all there is to see, even if no one else sees it. See life through the eyes of an artist Look for life’s colors, shapes, textures, and shades of light and dark. Don’t shut down when you face problems; open up to ALL of life’s experiences. Learn the same thing as often as necessary until you know it by heart. Multi-task without multi-tasking, make what you do accomplish several things at once. Take whatever comes to you in life and transform it into a beautiful adventure. Scrap …

How to Ride Out Life’s Tough Times: Hang Loose in the Washing Machine!

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Several years ago, I was helping one of my counseling clients learn how to cope with overwhelming emotions connected to the hard times he was going through. As I searched for a way to help him, a picture popped into my head: ocean waves. This was quickly followed by the awareness that emotions are much like ocean waves. Ocean waves come in many shapes, sizes, speeds and intensities. So do emotions. Ocean waves are influenced by many things including the gravitational pull of the moon, the tides, the shape and movement of the ocean floor and the weather. Our emotions …

Life is What We Make It

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Life is what we make it, always has been, always will be. Grandma Moses Related Posts:The Changing of Seasons is a Perfect Time to Make Changes inUntil You Make Peace with Who You AreLife Lessons Learned While QuiltingCASIGYs™ BlogLifeStickSharon’s ModalitiesLove’s Labor; my SoulShirt™ Process and Surprise EffectsTransforming Compassion Fatigue

At the Level of Daily Life, There is Loss

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At the level of daily life, there is loss. If we spiritualize it away, we cannot use it to grow. …This usually means allowing ourselves to be touched by life, to participate in it. We learn by experience. The unexperienced life does not teach anybody anything. There are no spiritual shortcuts. Rachel Naomi Remen. Related Posts:Curing – Strengthening – HealingCompassion and Our Capacity to SufferingMerry Christmas! (What Does That Mean?)Contemplative Handwork™Wilderness – a Place of Learning, Spiritual Growth andSharon’s ModalitiesMuch of Enjoying Life Is in the DetailsWhen an Idea Comes to Us

The Next Best Thing to Winning Is Losing!

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The next best thing to winning is losing! At least you’ve been in the race. Nellie Hershey Tullis Related Posts:Failure Is Not The Falling Down but The Staying DownBe Willing to Share PainThe Changing of Seasons is a Perfect Time to Make Changes inLife’s A Bicycle Audio SeminarSeven Steps To Overcome CSIGY OverwhelmSeven Steps to Overcoming OverwhelmLife Lessons Learned While QuiltingHigh Sensitivity


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When we make things with our hands that represent our inner process, the practice of making them helps us grasp that lasting healing, growth and change don’t happen in an instant. They take time, creativity and action, the same as crafting our symbolic objects does.   ScrapLady Sharon Related Posts:Valentine’s Day can be painful for CASIGYs with…Contemplative Handwork™Happy CASIGY™ Mother’s DayHow to Spring Into LifeTransforming Compassion FatigueCreative and Contemplative Handwork Is a Deep PracticeMy SoulShirt PlayShopTransforming Burnout

Consciousness Brings More Pain, but It Also Brings More Joy

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Consciousness brings more pain, but it also brings more joy. Because as you go further into the desert—if you go far enough—you will begin to discover little patches of green, little oases that you had never seen before. And if you go still further, you may even discover some streams of living water underneath the sand, or if you go still further, you may even be able to fulfill your own ultimate destiny. Scott Peck Related Posts:We Cannot Go Back. We Can Only Go ForwardBe Willing to Share PainMission StatementAn Alone JourneyBecoming More ConsciousAbandon the Urge to Simplify EverythingFacing Pain …