I am participating in a two day workshop this weekend on Disarming Anxiety and Depression with John Forsyth, Ph.D. He writes a blog titled Peace of Mind for Psychology Today and has published several books. You can click the links rather than me telling you about him. Hence, you can learn about him for yourself.
Meanwhile, I am leaving this poem for you. It is one of my favorites and helps me to remember to be kind to myself. Enjoy!
This being human is a guest house
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.
Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.
I have attached a link if you want to read more writings by Rumi. Poetry is used at the University of California at San Diago in the treatment of stress related problems. The program is Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR).
(c) 2011 Brenda Bomgardner, MA, NCC