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I Believe In The Sun

I remember learning a simple song by Carey Landry that went ‘ I believe in the sun even when it isn’t shining….’ Little did I realize the inspiration behind the lyrics!

I believe in the sun even when it is not shining;
I believe in love even when feeling it not;
I believe in God even when he is silent.

An inscription on the wall of a cellar in Cologne where a number of Jews hid themselves for the entire duration of the war.

To think that in the midst of terror and the very real threat of death, someone asserted their faith in the Unseen and shared it for all to see. Truly amazing!

Why ‘I Believe In The Sun’ ?

The last few days have been difficult ones for us – being villified for following the law is something I never thought I’d become familiar with! But evil people exist and they find ways to persecute and traumatise helpless creatures and by extension those protecting them.

It has been a test of our strength and faith and a reminder of so many others who have no access to justice and must suffer at the hands of evil and powerful people.

Our small bit of suffering causes my anxiety to shoot up – so I can’t begin to imagine how those who are constantly under threat of life and living must feel.

I’ve been constantly asserting my belief in God, in my own inner strength and in the law of the land. I believe that no matter what happens, God is in control.

Being Intentionally Self-Compassionate

One thing that I’ve learned from these times is the importance of being kind to myself. I believe that self-compassion is really important for my personal growth. Here are 3 ways it helps me.

  1. Dealing with Trauma: When I’m kind to myself, it helps me heal from difficult experiences without blaming myself. This lets me process my feelings in a safe way and let go of negativity.
  2. Getting to Know Myself: Being understanding towards myself lets me learn more about who I am. It means I can be true to myself and grow as a person.
  3. Having Better Relationships: When I treat myself with compassion, it helps me have healthier connections with others. I can set boundaries, respect differences, and create a space where we can all be ourselves. This makes for stronger and more accepting relationships.

Having chosen self-compassion as a theme for February, I’m constantly looking for resources and ways to be intentionally self-compassionate. The self-compassion break by Kristin Neff is an exercise that I’ve found particularly calming. You can find the self compassion break here. I’ve been repeating this mantra to myself:

“This is a moment of suffering.”
“May I be kind to myself in this moment.” or “May I give myself the compassion I need.”

And in case I need a reminder of the beauty of life and the goodness of God and kind people, I can always stop and look at the flowers in my garden!

I hope you are being kind to yourself too. Have a wonderful week ahead.

Today I’m linking in to Marsha Ingrao’s blog – WQ #160: Beliefs/Holidays/Valentine’s Day Love

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An inspirational writer, a creativity and writing trainer/coach, I write about life, gratitude, healing, wellness, relationships at Everyday Gyaan. I offer training/coaching to anyone looking to explore their creativity and heal through writing via The Frangipani Creative, located in Secunderabad, India. You can also find me on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Sign up for my weekly newsletter, Bytes of Gyaan, on Substack.

18 Comments on “I Believe In The Sun

  1. I loved the self-compassion mantra you shared at the end. It’s so important to be kind to ourselves, which helps us be kind to those around us. And, in today’s uncertain times, kindness is the one thing that will help us sail through every challenge we may face.

    1. Check out the self compassion break link, Shilpa. I found it very useful.
      You’re so right about kindness, starting with ourselves, of course!

  2. Hugs, Corinne! I can only imagine how tough it must have been for you, going through all this. But, I really like how you are putting self compassion as a priority. Such a beautiful reminder for all of us.

  3. Hugs. The fight goes on. When will people ever learn to be compassionate and kind? Sending you loads of love and strength.

    1. I don’t know when they will learn – so easy to want to give up! Thank you for your love and support, Sunita. Hugs.

  4. Self-compassion is indeed the primary factor in our healing process. I believe we can only be capable of extending kindness to others when we know and practice kindness with ourselves. The key lies in how we talk to ourselves or treat ourselves when we are feeling low or have done something that has landed us in a soup.
    I have witnessed my relationships and mental health improve when I set strong boundaries limiting my exposure to others.

    1. Yes, self compassion in how we talk to ourselves is such a key. Sometimes, I don’t think we’d ever talk to, blame or guilt others like we do to ourselves.

  5. Beautiful thoughts. I’m sorry you have been vilified while doing the right thing. There are rewards in heaven for that, but at the time, it is hard to endure. God bless.

  6. I love that quote about believing in the sun. My daughter’s children’s chorus sang a beautiful choral setting of the poem some years ago and it was one of the most moving pieces I’ve ever heard.

  7. A few years ago, during Hurricane Harvey, it was harder than usual to believe in the sun. But isn’t it laughable to do otherwise?
    I don’t know that I believe God is “in control.” I mean, God could be. But I tend to think we were put in control of things – not all of us in control of everything, but everything each of us needs to be in control OF, if only we figure it out. What we suffer from is too few trying to control too many others – and too few controlling themselves – as well as the guilt of not being able to control absolutely everything to prevent injustice, unmet needs, and suffering. But to say that we are not in control – that God is, and that everything is going according to God’s plan – means that we don’t believe in free will. OR that we believe God causes suffering for no particularly good reason. Makes no sense to me. But of course, I don’t know.

    1. I’ve been thinking on your comment, Holly. We’re trying our best in this situation. I do believe in free will, and therefore, suffering is the result of choices we and/or others make. In the words of Rumi : “All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen.”

  8. Hope is one of my favorite ‘things’ to hold on to, so much so, I have tattooed the word on my arm to remind myself to have it for myself, for others, for the present & future & the world.
    When one lives in fear for long enough, you get stuck in fight or flight – a survival mode that they don’t ever come out of.

  9. Beautiful reflections, Corinne. Self compassion and kindness is the starting point of a peaceful life. If we are not kind to ourselves in a difficult situation then we fail to see the kindness around us. There are selfish and immature people around us, but how beautiful is that you are the spark of kindness and self compassion in a place where you are deprived of it!
    I like that mantra of yours. Definitely worth remembering. ❤️

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