The Tree Searching For The Light

Taking
it a bit more easy

Not
being so hard on myself

No-one’s
perfect and has life all sussed out

Self-compassion
is the way forward

Learning
slowly but surely from experience

I
prefer the circle to be virtuous rather than a vicious downward spiral.

Spotting
the problem as it arises in the mind.

Then
taking a few steps with some help to stop the darkness coming again.

Instead,
like a tree growing it is best to search for the light again.

 

Love Is

Love is to feel

Love is real
Love is in the heart
Love is just a start
Love will conquer us all,
Love is to feel no shame,
Love is not to blame
Love is my name,
Love is no game
Love is to love,
Love is a dove
Love is heaven above
Love is the beauty of nature and the sun
Love is glorious
Love that I can feel
To love is to care
Love is fair,
Love is pain
Love is the beauty of rain,
Love is in all of us
and each one the same
Love is the beauty of life
Love is giving
Love is to be free
You and me
Love is in your eyes
Love never says goodbye
Love is here
Have no fear
Love everyone

Peace

At first I thought

It was the voices

All around that

Had changed.

Their soothing melodies

Turned acrid

In the afternoon sun.

But as the stars

Of my soul

Came out to play

Glistening for the

First time

in the inky blackness

I realised;

It was not those voices

That had changed

But my ears:

I could hear a

Smaller voice

Calling out

From the chinks

In the white noise chatter.

That small voice

Was mine.

Quieter but

Sweeter.

More peaceful,

More true

 

The Positive Impact of Creativity

 

‘What keeps life constantly fascinating is the creativity of the soul’  Deepak Chopra

Sometimes, even for people without a mental health condition, the brain can feel overloaded with stress that cannot be calmed even through strenuous physical activity, meditation or countless other purportedly helpful techniques.

At times, and I know for certain in my case, the best thing to do is power up the computer or pick up and pen and paper, and just let loose. Just let go; let conscious thought slide and allow your subconscious to express itself. You may end up with something closely pertaining to your current struggles, or alternatively you may have something completely at odds with how you have been thinking and feeling. You may even find a thread to two worth further exploration – perhaps your financial concerns are actually symptomatic of something more long-standing or important.

It doesn’t need to be writing either. Try drawing, playing an instrument, painting, a collage, photography, embroidery etc.  Anything that can allow you to switch off from what’s bothering you. And I defy anyone to say they can’t – we’ve all done something creative we have carried through to adulthood to some degree or other.

I find my breathing slows when I write and likewise my heart rate too. As a result, I feel more relaxed. It’s important to find the right place and conditions for creativity too. Some people like silence, others to be distracted by others as they go and some like being outdoors. Experiment, and eventually you will have the right fit. Be careful about staying up into the small hours – good sleep means good mental health!

Depending on what medium you choose, you may get some good quality time mixing with people, for example playing music or working in collaboration with other creatives to produce a mixed media work. 

Above all, it’s about de-stressing and enjoying yourself. Have a go, and hopefully it will pay off. And if it’s not for you, don’t worry – it’s very likely there is something out there up your street.

 

 

 

 

 

Everyday Joys

I try my very best to be in the moment every day.  From being mindful of a cup of tea I’ve drunk to the feel of my shoes on the pavement.  I think we can all get caught up with worries, feeling we have to look and act a certain way.  We can get caught up in arguments, trivial upsets with family, friends and work but fail to see what’s right in front of us.  The joys of being alive – living: just being ourselves and enjoying the moment.  I’ve started writing down little things I’ve found joyful at the end of the day, or even in thee middle or beginning of it; such things as a lovely shower or a cup of tea, the way the sun shines into my room when I first wake up.  I name it my grateful list.

There Is Always Hope

When you are despairing,

There is always hope,

When times are tough whether financially or emotionally,

There is always hope,
When you feel you’ve had enough and can no longer endure the symptoms of your depression and anxiety, all the shaking, thoughts whirling round and round your head. Not to mention the tummy upsets,
There is always hope
Because with the right support from loved ones and friends,
There is always hope,
You just have to believe in the word hope.

The Road From Pain to Love

A poem I wrote thinking about the theme of the inner self at Wirral Mind poetry group – 24/5/17 :

 

 

Back then in a bad way
A lot of pain in my mind
Negativity and beliefs I thought were true
Low esteem and confidence
Brought about through the social sphere
Growing up isn’t easy – you hear !

Psychosis was the end result of this pain
Maybe feelings were repressed back then

Confusion came about at that time
Through positivity that didn’t chime
With all the put downs I’d believed

Then leaving university having been unwell
I really wanted to become well

Fortunately, I discovered local Mind and started to educate myself bit by bit.
I slowly realised all the stuff in my head had come from others
Maybe jealousy or insecurity – who can say ?

Slowly, but surely I’ve turned things around
The realisation I’m ok has been profound

Unpicking that negativity to replace with self-love
The possibilities for my life now open up

Friends I never thought I’d make and starting the road to work is now more real

Who can say how life will turn out ?
But now I’m more optimistic – there is no doubt

Determination poem

This was written by a lady I met in May 2017 at Friends in Need group,
Cafe Nero, Bold Street :

 

 

Action precedes motivation
First, determination needs to spark,
As sparking plugs in a car
Ignite the engine
Leading to momentum

Determination is the vital force
As from a small spark
Action Springs Alive
Motivation grows, freedom flows

Peace Is

Peace is quiet

Peace can end
Peace can relax
With a special friend
Peace is the symbol of love
Peace in our hearts
Peace protects all
Peace is a start
Peace ‘bringer’ John
Peace needs a chance
Peace for our children
Peace must begin to dance
Peace should prevent a war
Peace you politicians roar
Peace won’t bring death
To our shores
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