You are beautiful and strong

I went to another Conscious Dance workshop last weekend and then yesterday I had a big mental health recovery conference that I facilitate every year for my agency. And what I am getting is, “Wow!” at how beautiful and strong and amazing people are. I went through a lot in my life that made me feel small.  There was a time when everyone around me seemed to need me to pull myself in and get myself straightened out so they could better deal with me. So for a long time I kept my dreams and yearnings far away from the world. But I have come out of that place. Now I am somewhere where I am seen again. And I get to make my dreams come true. And my biggest dream is to show others who have been made small through the experience of mental illness and how that is treated in our culture really understand their strength. Because there are a lot of beautiful, amazing people out there who get stuck. So, if you are in a place where you feel small and unseen I invite you to remember who you are. I invite you to ask your heart to show you its strength. Because no matter what your experience or how people have reacted to you… you are just as beautiful today as you were on the day you were born. You are a complete, perfect human being that has so much to share with the world. I really believe that about you. I had to learn the hard way how to be big inside myself again after I went through what we understand as mental illness. But I have done it. And so can you. Namaste.

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