Please Note: This is a guest post by my dear & beautiful friend Michele aka Raw Juice Girl
Hello to all of you! I’m so honored to have the opportunity to share a guest post here on Zeenat’s blog. Zeenat is a huge source of inspiration and encouragement to me. I thank her for allowing me to share my heart with you….
“A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.” – Proverbs 17:22
I referred to this passage many, many times as I battled the dark pathway of illness, depression, endless doctor’s visits, surgeries, and all that comes with being chronically ill – and a survivor of domestic violence.
I barely survived domestic violence, meaning that my abuser literally tried to murder me. This isn’t an easy concept to live with – nor are the horrid memories.
It’s been a very long, extremely difficult journey, but I was finally able to break through the darkness that plagued me and climb my way to a victorious mountaintop. The view up here is breathtaking. Even as I write this, I have tears (of joy!) in my eyes. Reflecting on how far I’ve come brings great pleasure, and such a sense of accomplishment.
It’s my hope and prayer that you aren’t in the same (or similar) situation(s) as I’ve had to overcome, but just in case you are, I give you….
5 Ways to find your merry heart:
- Find Scripture passages (or inspirational quotes) that inspire, encourage, motivate, and uplift you and meditate upon them – daily.
- Write those passages and/or quotes on sticky notes and put them in places where you’ll notice them every day: on your mirror, on the fridge, on your computer, on your exercise equipment, etc.
- Find ways to be kind to yourself: sip a cup of hot tea with lemon, enjoy your favorite treat (whether it’s food or a place), get out of the house and do something fun – the sky is the limit!
- Let go of regret; let go of the past. There’s nothing we can do about what’s already been done – except learn from it and move on. As long as you’re holding on to the past with a death grip, you’re creating a breeding ground for a broken heart, disease, depression, and a very unhappy, unhealthy lifestyle.
- Do something for your body, mind, heart, and soul. This might include yoga, signing up for a gym membership, a weekly – or monthly – date with a friend or whomever you’re dating (or married to).
I also learned to smile and laugh at life, and at myself. And the poem, Footprints in the Sand, brought great comfort to me as I stumbled along my healing journey. As Zeenat wrote in her post about Footprints in the Sand, her grandfather taught her the poem, but it was my grandmother who instilled it in my heart. (Grandparents have such a loving way of teaching our hearts to love, grow, and thrive, don’t they)?
I hope you can use these tips I’ve shared with you today to help you wade through the discouragement and dark valleys in your own lives, so that you’re able to use the experiences in a positive way, and come out victorious like I have!
Have you overcome a horrific circumstance and found peace and healing? What tools did you use? Meditation ,Yoga, Prayer, Holistic methods, Counseling…Please share. I’d love to chat with you and glean from your experiences and wisdom!
Michele L. Tune (aka Raw Juice Girl) is a freelance writer and blogger. She’s also a survivor of domestic violence who has lost 100+ pounds and found great healing through raw, living foods, juices, and holistic, natural medicine. She shares her passions via her blog “Healing with (Raw) Juices,” where you’ll find information on raw living, free recipes, yoga, and more. Raw Juice Girl also hosts a variety of reviews and contests for healthy products and foods. Subscribe to her blog and follow her on twitter to stay updated on the latest happenings.
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