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Unfolding:

Easing the Journey Through Shadow & Light

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Where You're Bravely Working: Grief & Hope

Anti-Anxiety Tool of the Week: Take a Break

Ahhhhhhhhh...be kind to yourself. (Have I said that before?) Step back for a few seconds. Take a deep breath. If you are thirsty, drink some water, or make a cup of tea. Take a bath. Go outside and feel the breeze. Smile. Laugh. Have a little fun!


This tool is from Anti-Anxiety Toolkit #5. Here's the Index of all toolkits. And The Mini-Toolkit: For Those with Little or No Time.


Where You're Bravely Working: Grief & Hope


If you are in the midst of grief, old or new, I join the poet Rumi in wishing you hope and tender blessings. (He--a grand river; I--a small creek in the wilderness.)


Your Grief


Your grief for what you've lost holds a mirror up to where you're bravely working. Expecting the worst, you look and instead, here's the joyful face you've been wanting to see.

Your hand opens and closes and opens and closes. If it were always a fist or always stretched open, you would be paralyzed.


Your deepest presence is in every small contracting and expanding, the two as beautifully balanced and coordinated

as birdwings.


Jelaluddin Rumi

13th century Persian mystic

(interpreted by Coleman Barks)




Pay attention to the new warmth,

the budding verses,

the jiggling, juggling streams

of spring.

Just a tiny joy to start

if your grief is too great.

There will be warmth enough in

this new season of beginnings

to allow the old cloak

of reasons and loss to slide away.


Dawn E. Hunt



Until next time,

Dawn



Photo credits:

Baby elephant, Anolis01, iStock

Bird, Jacques le Henaff, unSplash

Stream, Simon Wilkes, unSplash


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