Throughout my life to date, I've stumbled across certain words and music that are now an integral part of my support system.
These are apart from the many books who've become friends and altered my life in significant and small yet mighty ways.
These extra words and musical cousins have become touchstones...
...and offered moments of clarity.
They bring me back to myself and remind me what's important. Speak to me of the joyfulness I yearn for, and the places I can find it.
They awaken intuition and curiosity, and a love for the magic to be found in moments.
They highlight a simple, honest way to live and love.
I thought I'd share them with you, just in case they touch a chord within you too.
Many of them are handwritten in secret little places where I can touch them and pull them out to unfold their wisdom.
Some I listen to every month or so on You Tube or my cd player (yes, I still have one).
A couple have been, at varying times, displayed on my fridge, walls, stuck above my desk, or pinned inside cupboard doors where I can see them whenever I look in.
They all have a special place in my heart.
Some have been part of my psyche for over 35 years (the Desiderata falls into this caterogry), and some for only the last 2 years. Albert Camus' Invincible Summer falls into this category. A friend introduced me to it a couple of years ago, and I've been fiercely in love with it ever since. It's become the lynch pin of my self care strategy, and my understanding of where I can look to for inner strength.
In no particular order, here are my valiant and beloved benefactors.... they give to me whenever I require.
All I need do is turn to them....
1. 'The Four Agreements' by Don Miguel Ruiz:
The classic work of Don Miguel Ruiz has been truly life changing for me. After coming out of an abusive relationship (12 years ago now), and requiring long term counseling to deal with the fallout, I stumbled across these in an online forum for survivors of abuse. Putting these into action daily, and returning to them as if they were a life jacket to keep me afloat, saved my sanity.
Not only do they help with all things personal, they support work situations as well. Not making assumptions has to be one of the hardest things I've learned, but now I find it so much easier to stop myself climbing the ladder of assumptions when my 'crazy' brain takes over.
And, once I make sure I am clear, and understand what's actually going on, if I need to walk away or disengage for my own safety/sanity, I do. No regrets.
Not internalizing others' opinions of me if I decided they were simply putting me down, manipulating me, or trying to make me second guess myself also came hard. Now I can listen to what's being said, check in with myself to see if I need to attend to anything they're bringing up, and disregard if I don't.
You can find out more about them in this post (and download them at the end), and see their basic form in the images below.