Monday, October 8, 2018

A Shift of Perspective Brings Unity

Have you ever looked at a picture of the Earth taken from far out in space and considered how beautiful our Earth is and how from that wider perspective there are no territorial boundaries and no differentiation between religions, color of skin, ethnicity, country, government, or any other dividing label we place on ourselves and against others every day?

From way up high, implementing an expansive God's eye view of the Earth, we see that we are all one human race living on one beautiful planet. We are one people. We are us. I think if we were to regularly take some time to admire and thoughtfully consider that more expansive view within our thoughts and actions, we could become more united instead of continuing on so divided.

Monday, July 23, 2018

Being an Empath Requires Coping Tools

A year ago, a new friend told me about the book The Empath’s Survival Guide by Judith Orloff, MD.  I glanced at the book at the time but was too busy to dig into it.  Fast forward a year, after having spent it all in heavy duty yoga teacher training, and I was in much need of some me time, self-introspection, soul renewal and personal in-depth growth.  Something I saw or read a few weeks ago triggered my memory of the book, and I was ready to delve deeper.

I chuckled at myself taking the questionnaire in the book because I already knew the answer.  But of course, it doesn’t hurt to confirm it with a questionnaire, right?! 

Yes, the questionnaire shows me as a full blown introverted empath. 

I’m not sure at what point in my life I was able to put the word “empath” to my emotional and relational characteristics.  It’s only been in the past 3-4 years that I have understood the power (pleasant and unpleasant) this personal characteristic has had over me, my life, and my well-being.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Our Differences Really Don't Matter So Much

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In being with faced with heart-pounding moments hanging between life or death and the sacrifices that come with those moments, we are given the perfect opportunity to starkly realize that our human similarities are way more important than our differences.

In life or death moments, we are faced with the blunt truth that the color of our skin, the language of our words, the things we hold true or false, the God we worship or don't, and the way we regularly live day to day absolutely matter not one iota under the desire of staying alive or being swallowed up by death. Therefore, those differences should not matter even more so in light of the gift of life that we are given today.

We are given the gift of today that we may make our own and someone else's life a little better and brighter. Be kind, always.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

POEMS - Light Within

Light Within

Open your eyes to see
The wonders of even the darkest skies
For beyond the stormiest clouds
Radiates an infinite light
It cannot be extinguished
And does not die out

Continue to persistently seek it
With an adventurous heart
Though the storms may cloud your sky
Do not walk away in defeat
And altogether miss
The miraculous revealing
Of this vibrant light down deep

© MaryAnn Broussard
July 1, 2018