Heart Scars

Maybe my heart will always bear scars And only as time passes the stinging becomes bearable Than when it was still so close, so unspeakable. Now there are words forming to describe the depths Instead of wordless, directionless whirlpools in the dark. There are tiny embers glowing to illuminate despair Not erasing or diminishing, butContinue reading “Heart Scars”

Trying

I am trying, oh I am trying, To hold both the bitter and the sweet Familiarizing my heart to nostalgic pulls Learning to honor my instinct to retreat. I am accepting with an open heart, Truths that are clear and those yet untold Bending softly to a future still foggy ahead Trusting more in whatContinue reading “Trying”

Falling Snow

Snow is falling softly Quieting the commotion of busy streets Teaching by example the necessity For moments of complete stillness When we finally turn our focus inward Taking stock of our own emotional reserves Brave enough to recognize, at last, What we must do to begin to heal the aching Reaching when our hearts areContinue reading “Falling Snow”

Being You, Unashamed

Your inner voice matters More than the external noise More than any unsolicited opinion More than the weight of expectations. Your deep knowing speaks the truth Even when it is externally contradicted Even when they say you are misguided Even when there is no other evidence Than then feelings in your heart. Trust that partContinue reading “Being You, Unashamed”

Alleviation

I have carried pain like invisible stones Sometimes aware of its existence Often experienced as a referred aching A heaviness felt on a soul level The weight of a thousand injustices An accumulation of my perceived failures Crumbled dreams piled up like debris Harbored still because I have never learned How to release a painContinue reading “Alleviation”

For Yourself

Maybe you were deserving before you took your first breath Lovable despite messages instilled in your young, vulnerable mind Worthy by default of your beautiful, humanistic heart Capable as evidenced by the tenacity of your survival instincts. You are always enough for those who matter most In this world of never-ending chaos, you are aContinue reading “For Yourself”

Quiet Fortitude

You were never weak, dear soul. Not for one moment, not for one breath, Not even when the relentless dark persisted Unforgivingly casting shadows of doubt in your mind About your innate goodness, your brightness of soul, Even during the nights you fell apart in quiet agony Feverishly piecing together fragments of a broken heart,Continue reading “Quiet Fortitude”

Transformation

Change begins with recognition As our inner dysfunctions become clear Resisting the urge to deflect or escape We instead turn our focus inward Breathing through the pain of soul-searching As we break down our defenses brick by brick To understand our role in our own discord. We are always on a trajectory of evolution RefiningContinue reading “Transformation”

Persevering and Breaking

There is an unsettling interval Between persevering and breaking, In which we must consciously choose To continue to fight with all our might Setting aside feelings for fortitude Or to allow ourselves to crack open Letting the feelings seep through. There is no right or wrong decision; At times it is wiser to hold ourContinue reading “Persevering and Breaking”

Healing Shows Up

Healing shows up for us, dear soul, Without hidden costs or fine print Despite our stubborn inner resistance Even when it feels as if there is no escape From our self-imposed prisons. Healing finds us in our destitute places Requiring only an open and willing heart To take the first step down an unknown pathContinue reading “Healing Shows Up”