5 Steps to Heal from Life’s Hurts-An Intuitive, Creative Approach

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How to E-E-E-K-K Your Way Through Adversity to Destinations of Delight (An Intuitive Approach to Healing from Life’s Hurts) When tough times hit and our life’s path disappears in the fog; when we are faced with illness, loss, financial reversals or other adversity, it can be easy to feel like we have lost our moorings.  We may struggle to keep our feet under us, or to change the metaphor, to keep our heads above water; we may be overwhelmed by it all or we may want to pretend that all is well even when we know it is not. And …

Curing – Strengthening – Healing

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Curing is the work of experts, but strengthening the life in one another is the work of human beings. …Sometimes the deepest healing comes from the natural fit between two wounded people’s lives. Rachel Naomi Remen Related Posts:Compassion and Our Capacity to SufferingAt the Level of Daily Life, There is LossHow to Spring Into Life-Part 2Creative Coping, Healing and TransformationThe First Duty of Every Human BeingTwo or Three Human StoriesSharon’s ModalitiesRemembering the Columbine Shooting … and the Healing

Are You Facing Adversity

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Are you facing adversity? That’s an interesting question. It implies first, that you’re in the midst of a tough time in your life; and second, that you’re not ignoring it or running away from it, but that you have turned your face into the storm, so to speak. So let me ask it again, are you facing adversity? I have spent much of my working life helping people who have been in the midst of many kinds of adversity and I have experienced my share of adversity. Together, these experiences have given me the opportunity to notice what helps and …

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. A picture popped into my head: 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 are influenced by the gravitational pull of our relationships, the ebb and flow of our health and energy, the …

Creating Beauty from Life’s Scraps: The Foggy Days Quilt

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Are you facing tough times?    Do you know someone who is?   If you have never thought of creativity as something that would help you cope with difficulty, you may be inspired by today’s article, “Creating Beauty from Life’s Scraps”. In it, Sharon shares the story of how creative expression helped her cope with chronic illness.    You’ll learn how creative expression can diminish physical and emotional pain, release energy, and facilitate healing of mind, body , soul and spirit. We hope you enjoy it. Feel free to share it with anyone you know who is in the midst of great life challenges. …

My Scrap Angel: Life Lessons Learned While Quilting

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Have you ever started a creative project that went so badly you trashed it? I have–more times than I’d like to admit. I had heard that mistakes can be our finest learning experiences, but I’d not relished that idea until I reclaimed one of my discarded pieces, and unexpectedly discovered how to reclaim my life, too. An hourglass quilt block I had made from scraps contained too many mistakes to use, so I pitched it. The triangles didn’t have points; I could have done better when I was nine years old. The parallel lines weren’t parallel–they would have made a …