when I talk to the trees

“this is so difficult,” I say.

No, it’s not

they say,

this is simple.

Stop

over-complicating

over-thinking–

this is simple

this is simple.

I go quiet again.

Still

yet

restless–

I feel

naked

before them–

every inch

of my soul

laid bare.

I hear:

You are afraid.

I say,

“Yes, I am.”

Don’t be,

they say,

You have nothing to fear.

This is simple

this is simple.

 

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healing

Healing
(from anything)
requires humility.

It’s not about finding
the right friend, lover,
or therapist who perfectly
validates your story
of suffering—

It’s about finding people
who challenge you
and tell you things you
don’t want to hear because
they love you.

(Love sometimes requires
going against the grain
of comfort—)

Cognitive dissonance
is a guaranteed
prerequisite

as is the courage
to accept the flaws
in your thinking.

Have the utmost respect
and compassion for
yourself, yet
refuse to cast yourself
in a drama
in which you are
a victim
alone
unique
and misunderstood.

Above all, know that
no matter how hurt
you are, you have
a choice.

Your life
is in your
own hands.

There will always be
things beyond your control.

Your mind will always be
tempted to cast itself
in the perfect drama.

Stay rooted in the belief
that you can be well,
even if
(especially if)
you don’t feel like it now.

You must face
your greatest fear: accepting
your power to
become
who you truly are.