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Month: September, 2014

best friend

be your own best friend

give yourself as much love as you would your best friend

treat yourself as gently as you would a child

care for yourself as tenderly as you would your parent

forgive yourself as you would your partner

because that becomes your benchmark in life

you will never achieve more than your self esteem will allow

you will never receive more than what you are prepared to give yourself

so love yourself

be there for yourself in good times and bad times

celebrate every victory

learn from every experience

accept yourself exactly as you are and live


let thoughts come and go

like clouds in the sky

light fluffy clouds

passing along

you don’t have to own them

you don’t have to become them

you don’t have to respond to them

you can smile at them

and wave at them as pass along

and just as quickly as they arrive, they leave

and you’re still here

and you’re ok


a great future

does not require a great past

you just need to believe

that what is ahead for you

is better and brighter than

anything you left behind

believe and see

I will believe it when I see it

I will see it when I believe it

seeing is believing

believing is seeing

which one are you


I always thought it was love I was looking for

but what has sated me is not love but peace

peace with myself

with all the silly / ridiculous / embarrassing decisions/mistakes I have made so far

and I’m sure there will be a few more in my future

peace with my dad for not being able to love me the way I wanted him to

and he loves me all the same

peace with my body and all its (im)perfections

a deep sustaining peace that has nothing to do with who loves me or not

or whether I have the latest it bag or hang out with the cool crowd

or ate at the finest establishments

a rich abiding peace that resides in me

that I had lost contact with

and reconnected when I started meditation

peace within myself was what I had been looking for all this time

and I finally found

free yourself

free yourself

be imperfect


maybe embracing life

is less about jumping off cliffs

and pushing the limits

and more about embracing yourself

f l y

first love yourself


all the things you love

all the things you love about your love

are yours

he or she simply reflects your qualities back to you

do you get that

what you love so much about them are in you

those qualities are yours to begin with

if we just start there

The sun is perfect and you woke this morning. You have enough language in your mouth to be understood. You have a name, and someone wants to call it. Five fingers on your hand and someone wants to hold it. If we just start there, every beautiful thing that has and will ever exist is possible. If we start there, everything, for a moment, is right in the world.

by | warsan shire