Day 82: Link List – Soulful SUNday

Life is really funny. The things we feel come at the worst times, the stuff that challenges us the most, the ways we get pushed out of our comfort zone: ultimately they were exactly what we needed at the time but our perspectives somehow kept us from appreciating that. Why is it so hard to see the comedy in the hardness of a life fully lived?

Time seemingly wasted in search of the right answers and treatments to fix the things that ail us never fail to set off a potent spiral of this sucks, why me and I hate… but does that mean we’re on the wrong path or do these feelings indicate that we’ve entered the part called the Dark Night? Ultimately no one can decide for us, we must choose how to proceed.

There is the choice to spare ourselves pain in this moment and seek the shortest way through with the belief that we are beings of bliss who deserve nothing less. Alternatively there is the choice to curl up with a blanket and soldier on knowing that surrendering to challenges ultimately brings wisdom and strength. No one can say one choice is objectively more correct than the other, intuition is the only voice we can truly trust with this.

SO, currently I’m curled up with a blanket having chosen option two after five years of option one, researching doctors and treatments for a wonky pelvis and trying hard to stay positive. It’s hard (given the added challenge of being in Spain) and I wish someone would cheer me up. When that happens, I usually choose to cheer someone else up because what’s better than receiving cheer? Giving it!

Here’s a few beautiful and inspiring things from the internet:

_video: All Women Need To See This (link; 1 min)
_teacher: Ram Dass, A Tree Isn’t Frightened (link)
_photos: 15 Juxtapositions of Famous Monuments and Their Surroundings (link)
_food: 29 Life-Chaging Quesadillas You Need To Know About (link)
_list: 7 Reasons to Be Happy Even If Things Aren’t Perfect (link)
_video: 2 Acrobats show why trust is worth it (link; 3 min)
_science: Meditation Makes You More Creative (link)
_poetry: Stand In Good Relation to the Earth (link to one of my fave blogs ever)

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