I was struck this morning by how beautiful the moss looked on the trunk of this tree. It was a welcome pleasant thought to offset the dark swirl occupying my mind. πŸ§˜πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ

Mossy tree

In addition to being the spiritual path, it feels like the only way for me to survive.

Spiritual path

I needed this today. Maybe someone else does too.

πŸ§˜πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ This is a great reminder. Take time to be where you are.

πŸ§˜πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ Pause practice is a great centering tool I learned about today. At any point, take three deep, slow, relaxing breaths and allow your mind to be still. I’m excited to try it already.

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Pause practice

πŸ§˜πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ This is so important to remember. Even with good things, and especially with the bad, nothing lasts forever. This is particularly helpful with emotions. Allow yourself to feel fully, and let go when it is time.

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Like a sandcastle, all is temporary

πŸ§˜πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ This. So much this. I hope to remember. I strive for enlightenment.

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Enlightenment is the quiet acceptance of what is

πŸ§˜πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ I look forward to writing about this more, but I had a great experience yesterday acknowledging my actual emotions and giving myself permission to feel them.

πŸ§˜πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ This is the reminder I needed this week. I have been feeling discouraged by how far I still feel I need to go in my treatment and managing of my OCD. But the only way to get there is one step at a time. It helps to remember and celebrate my wins along the way.

Our way to practice is one step at a time

πŸ§˜πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ Substitute mind for body, and this feels exactly like my experience over the past few months. I have to get to know myself better and recognize which parts of myself are not actually myself and learn to deal with those. But gently.

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I said to my body, β€œI want to be your friend”

πŸ§˜πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ This is exactly what I am seeking to attain in my life right now. It involves an acceptance of the chaos and noise that is daily life along with a gentleness and compassion for myself and others. It is elusive but worth the effort.

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Peace is finding calm in your heart

πŸ§˜πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ The best way I have found to combat worry and anxiety is to name it. When I call it out directly, I prevent the masquerade and am more able to let it slip away.

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Worries are like birds

πŸ§˜πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ What a delightful meditation this morning. The focus was on learning to rest the brain. This is a skill that seems just out of reach but also desirable and valuable.

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Take rest

πŸ§˜πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ Learning the skill of impulse control is essentially the work on my ERP treatment. OCD makes it challenging for me to even identify the urges that come as separate from my acting on them. But, as with most things, my skill increases with practice.

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Don't give up what you want most for what you want now

πŸ§˜πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ This requires courage. But the rewards are so fulfilling and uplifting. Many of the things I need to leave behind are in my own mind. And great peace awaits as I do.

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I'm learning to love the sound of my feet walking away from things not meant for me

πŸ§˜πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ What a great perspective. This feels even more important to remember when many of the difficulties come from yourself. Even those are meant to help you grow. From my Daily Calm.

Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage

πŸ§˜πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ What a beautiful thing to say to myself. I found that at the end of my meditation, my compassion and love for others had strengthened through offering those to myself. From my Daily Calm.

Loving kindness meditation

πŸ§˜πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ This summarizes the past few months for me. One constant step of discomfort followed by another, all in the service of regaining my life and being able to be present. From my Daily Calm.

It's good to do uncomfortable things. It's weight training for life.

πŸ§˜πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ This can be a real challenge. Ironically, it feels easiest when I lean in to my thoughts as feelings instead of trying to push them away. From my Daily Calm

Put your thoughts to sleep