Breathe …

self-respect“Breathe. You’re going to be okay. Breathe and remember that you’ve been in this place before. You’ve been this uncomfortable and anxious and scared, and you’ve survived. Breathe and know that you can survive this too. These feelings can’t break you. They’re painful and debilitating, but you can sit with them and eventually, they will pass. Maybe not immediately, but sometime soon, they are going to fade and when they do, you’ll look back at this moment and laugh for having doubted your resilience. I know it feels unbearable right now, but keep breathing, again and again. This will pass. I promise it will pass.”
~ Daniell Koepke

(Daniell Koepke, Internal Acceptance Movement)
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Why I Meditate

A perfect storm of circumstance combined with overload, trauma and other stressors entered my life thirty odd years ago. With circumstances unable to be changed for quite some time, my body did the only thing it knew how to do. I became quite ill and anxiety was one of many symptoms associated with that illness. Now living with a chronic condition, meditation became a welcome part of my life. The whole experience led to an interest in finding ways of living more skilfully. The practice goes on …
meditation“Anxiety was born in the very same moment as mankind. And since we will never be able to master it, we will have to learn to live with it — just as we have learned to live with storms.”
~ Paulo Coelho

(Paulo Coelho, Manuscript Found in Accra)
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