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An expanded view of the possible

Posted by Kenetha Stanton on

An expanded view of the possible
Times of brokenness or upheaval in our lives can give rise to expanded views of what is possible as we are thrown out of our comfort zones. The expanded view of what is possible for us makes it difficult (if not impossible) to settle back into life as knew it. Instead, it drives us toward growth. Using our new insights well to create a new life from the rubble of the old can become our gold as we live into the expanded possibilities that we can now see.

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Using pain as fuel

Posted by Kenetha Stanton on

Using pain as fuel

Image credit: ©2011 Ian Barbour, Flickr | CC-BY-SA   There are essentially three ways of dealing with pain. We can attempt to avoid it, we can get stuck in it, or we can move directly into it and through it. Our culture, however, values only the first of these approaches. Whenever we encounter pain, grief, or trauma in our lives, we fill encounter great pressure (both from others and from within to the degree that we have been influenced by cultural norms) to keep a stiff upper lip, move through it quickly, and get back to normal as soon as...

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Keeping the windows of the soul clean

Posted by Kenetha Stanton on

Keeping the windows of the soul clean

© 2010 Pat David, Flickr | CC-BY-SA | via Wylio There's a long, narrow window beside the front door of my house. Other than using it on rare occasion to see who is knocking at my door, I pay very little attention to it as I go about my days. Last weekend I happened to walk by it as the light was hitting it just right, and I noticed that it was filthy. It only took a couple of minutes to clean it well inside and out, but it made such a huge difference in how sharply I could see...

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7 gentle practices that promote healing

Posted by Kenetha Stanton on

7 gentle practices that promote healing

© 2007 mrhayata, Flickr | CC-BY-SA | via Wylio Living a kintsugi kind of life means actively working on healing the broken places in our lives in such a way that our healing does become gold to be treasured. Part of that healing process involves facing our pain head on and allowing it to flow through us, but few of us in our emotion-phobic culture have been taught how to do that. Instead, we are conditioned to keep the pain hidden and distract ourselves from dealing with it through work, shopping, eating, alcohol, drugs, busyness, TV, computer games, and a...

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You are not who you think you are

Posted by Kenetha Stanton on

You are not who you think you are

© 2013 Ley, Flickr | CC-BY | via Wylio This phrase has been bouncing around inside my head for a couple of weeks now: you are not who you think you are. This may sum up one of the most profound things I learned during my experience of having my world fall apart. It is also among the profoundly beneficial things I learned. It is a big part of my gold. You see, very often the things that cause the greatest brokenness in our lives do so not only because of the grief of the actual loss or trauma we...

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