Poets have the wonderful gift of knowing how to use words that open our hearts to ourselves. Have you ever considered Shel Silverstein to be a way-shower for self-compassion?
My friend, Susan, shared one of Shel's little poems with me recently. I recall reading his books to my children when they were little, especially Where the Sidewalk Ends. This particular poem confirms my belief that poets possess deep insight into the workings of the world—and into our inner workings, as well.
In the spirit of self-compassion, may we attend to the whispers from within that beg for our attention. They are voices of self-knowing, self-honoring, and self-assurance. Responding to our inner voice is one of the ways we step into self-compassion. Our wise self knows what is right and good for us. And kind!
There is a voice inside of you
Reflective writing (or journaling) is one superb way to get in touch with what's right for you. Consider joining me for a potent—and fun!—weekend of writing as a spiritual practice this June. And there's nothing like writing in community, being with others just like you who deeply desire to live as your truest self in the world.
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is a touchpoint. a resting place, a "remembering" of who we really are and how we can best live—kindly and compassionately with ourselves and others.
Janice Lynne Lundy, DMin
is an educator, interspiritual director/guide and retreat leader who has been pointing people back toward the Sacred for more than twenty years. She is the author of several spiritual growth books, including Your Truest Self, My Deepest Me and Portable Peace., and is the co-founder and co-director of the Spiritual Guidance Training Institute.