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;— An inscription on the wall of a cellar in Cologne where a number of Jews hid themselves for the entire duration of the war.
I believe in love even when feeling it not;
I believe in God even when he is silent.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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