On courage

Today is a good day to spend some time with the question, “What healing do I need to gather courage to undertake?”

The truth is that all healing takes courage. Some more than others. But it’s hard to really look at your own wounds. We’re taught to hide them, avoid them, run far and fast from them.

You can’t heal what you don’t examine.

It takes a hell of a lot of courage to even admit to the wound sometimes. And if you’re struggling with this, with naming the wound, with pulling back the years-old bandage, go gently with yourself.

Having a hard time facing the wound does not mean you’re a coward. It only means you are in tremendous pain.

Don’t discount your pain. It won’t be healed by trying to dismiss or minimize it. Maybe try, instead, to reach out to it. Write it a letter. Ask it what it wants to say to you. What it wants to teach you. What it needs to be healed. What kind of love it needs. Write it a poem. Or write a poem from the point of view of your pain personified.

Something to remember:

Your pain is not your fault. But you are the one who will need to do the healing work. If it feels like too much to do alone, please don’t do it alone. Call a trusted friend who will hold your heart with tenderness and care. Call a mental health counselor – many, if not all, offer phone or video chat sessions. If you can’t afford counseling, call a crisis line – each state has one – here in Colorado it’s 1-844-493-8255, but elsewhere, do a quick search on “crisis line.” We all have burdens that are too big to carry by ourselves. All of us. You deserve support. 💜🌱

Daily prompt 30

Today’s prompt ::::: plant :::::

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I want to plant seeds that’ll grow…

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I could learn a lot from a plant:

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We reopen for free submissions tomorrow!! Hope you had an intensely beautiful National Poetry Month, and that these prompts were able to spark some writing or art for you along the way. 💚🌱

Daily prompt 28

Today’s prompt ::::: water :::::

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If I could immerse myself in water…

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Were I a boat I’d need water that’s…

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We’re almost to the end of #napomo2019 !! Hope you’ve gotten to write and read some incredibly soul-nourishing poetry this month. 💚🌱

Daily prompt 27

Today’s prompt ::::: rage :::::
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Let the storm rage…

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The link between rage and courage…

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Three more days until our free submissions reopen! Tip jar submissions are open RIGHT NOW if you don’t wanna wait. 😊💚🌱

Daily prompt 26

Today’s prompt ::::: hearth :::::

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I give an offering to the hearth:

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The hearth of my soul is made of…

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Daily prompt ::::: accept :::::
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▫️ The last thing I want to accept…

▫️ I can only accept [fill in the blank] when…

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Daily prompt 23

Today’s prompt ::::: gut :::::
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This feeling in my gut tells me….

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You might not expect me to love my gut…

Daily prompt 22

Today’s prompt ::::: dig :::::

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I dig both hands into the earth…

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I don’t even know what I’m digging for.

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Sending out Earth Day love to one and all. May we bring our awareness to tangible actions we can take – large and small – to honor and heal our Mother. 🌍

And sending SO much gratitude to everyone who’s submitted so far! We are currently choosing submissions for our first issue, due out in June. We love spending time with your work! Submissions are still open for our second issue, due in September. While we’ve used up our free submissions for April, tip jar submissions are available, and free submissions will reopen on May 1st. 💚🌱

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Today’s prompt ::::: ocean :::::
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My heart is an ocean…
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I want to ask the ocean…
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