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May 1, 2022Liked by Renee Faber

I LOVE the writing and I am sure it has meaning to almost every human. We have all dealt with such emotions. Thank you for putting it in perspective. The art is also stunning.

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Thank you so much for your words! Emotions, oh emotions--the greatest gift of all, but also the most wrenching to our 'beings'.

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Apr 23, 2022Liked by Renee Faber

Beautiful mediation that makes me ache for the comfort of childhood and reminds me of who I am under my business and my worries. It’s good to connect with that feeling from time to time to remember that despite what life does, the essential me never seems to change.

And to answer the question posed, self compassion for me takes the form of positive self talk.

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I love in how you resonated with the meditation. Comfort of childhood calls to me, too.

I believe, positive self-talk is essential for knowing our worth, or to be reminded of our worth. And it also soothes us so that we can touch that part of us that is steadfast and a reflection of Truth.

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Apr 14, 2022Liked by Renee Faber

Thank you for encouraging me to take three minutes of rest for myself, Renee. Your meditation reminds me to check in with myself. I also enjoy your words and this line in particular speaks to me: "As I age, I become more skilled at knowing how to dance with malaise—to sit with the fear of her, so I can accept the pause she offers." Yes! I have been on a pause myself this week. I have been showing compassion to myself by taking a screen break, walking, reading books, resting. It wasn't easy for the first few days but the fruits that grow as I begin to rest into giving myself that time, are so necessary. As I get older, I too am learning how to listen and react to what I need.

I'm so intrigued by Swarnali's thoughts on creating amidst chaos. This has been on my mind so much lately...we must still be creative, but sometimes the weight of chaos (both in a personal and a world sense) makes me want to shut off completely. And yet, I don't believe it has ever been more necessary to create and connect.

Over across the ocean you have been in my thoughts. Thank you for your offerings!

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Alice, it is such an honor to read your words of gratitude to what I offer in my publication/newsletter/blog/podcast--I never know what to call it! :)

It's interesting how difficult it is to pause into stillness. It's like we all are spinning, spinning, spinning and when we finally stop it's discombobulating, but slowly we find clarity in the 'stopping'. (I think I'll use this idea in my response #2 to Swarnali's question).

Reading your words about Swarnali's thoughts on creating amidst chaos, it clarified in my mind that the creating in chaos requires pause, or a stop to the spinning, before we create, as you have done with your screen break.

This is what I love about the comments section--I now have clear ideas about my second article in response to creating amidst chaos! Thank you so much for offering your wisdom!

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Beautiful meditation Renee. Someday, I'd like to hear your thoughts on how to create in midst of chaos. This is something I have been wondering a lot about lately.

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Thank you so much. I will share my thoughts on how to create in the midst of chaos. That's a great suggestion!

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Thanks to you for considering this. When I say chaos, I mean the two prominent layers where chaos manifests itself. First in context of the daily life that we deal with as individuals, like jobs, relationships, societal expectations etc. And second in context to the world at large and it's current situation.

Apologies for this idea dump on you. I just love your prose style and want to hear from you how you navigate through this kind of situations, as I seem to haggle with bouts of anxiety and writers block in chaotic situations.

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No apologies necessary at all. I appreciate the clarification as that will help me formulate my thoughts. The smaller world of 'I' and the world as a whole is a great differentiation. It may take me a few weeks to contemplate.

Thank you, Swarnali. I'm looking forward to your publication this week!

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Take your sweet time. I'm working on navigating through chaos as well, might publish my article soon. Stay blessed dear friend.

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I'll be thinking of you and sending you love and light.

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This is the second time I've read this through - I've been "meaning" to get back to meditating and your work, words, wisdom make it easy to do. Thank you for making self-care accessible and enjoyable - it's much needed!

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Thank you so much, Brandi!

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