Hi lovely soul! Thank you for being here. I’m Lindsay from Moonstone River Jewelry. I mention in the about me section of my handmade healing jewelry website Moonstone River Jewelry that I suffered with depression and anxiety for over 12 years! I say suffered now because those times were really difficult. Yet looking back, those times were actually the catalyst that helped me to find my passion for healing, not to mention my unknown talent and love for making jewelry!
Love is at the heart of every success story, including mine. Love is the most powerful healer and thankfully, love is our true nature. I am glad I do not have to share with you all of the million things I did to try and heal my body because none of them really worked! Instead, I’d like to share 2 practices with you that helped me heal my mind. These 2 practices allowed love to return to my awareness and taught me that love was something I had to choose for myself.
Practice #1 – Allowing
When I was in the depths of depression life was hard and not much fun. I was in a constant state of resistance to how I was feeling, which was perpetuating my anxiety and fear. The first practice that changed my life was allowing. Most of us have been taught to not feel our feelings. It took me a long time to realize how much I was resisting my emotions and how desperately I was trying to not feel them. I began to allow my feelings to be there, without pushing them away. I welcomed them in, dropped my resistance and allowed them to be there. As I sat and allowed the uncomfortable feelings with an open heart, I would literally feel the pain dissolve. No longer seen as an enemy, there was no resistance holding it and keeping it stuck in my body and awareness. When we stop resisting our pain and welcome it in as a friend, we find a peace and calm that brightens, expands and extends the loving light within us. This light is our inner guidance and healer! Practicing allowing drops our resistance and awakens our inner healer and activates our inner guidance.
Practice #2 – Choosing Healing
The second practice that changed my life was choosing healing. When life was hard and I was unhappy, I had to choose healing every single day. Often, it was every hour that I needed to recommit! I would literally say, “I choose healing”, and I would feel a weight lift off of me. I had been unconsciously committed to fear and depression. My entire life changed when I committed to my healing. Choosing healing was the decision that showed me how powerful the power of decision is. When you make a choice for healing and stick to it, healing is inevitable.
I would love to share a poem with you called The Guest House by Rumi, as it sums up these 2 practices so beautifully!
This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice.
meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.
Be grateful for whatever comes.
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.
— Jellaludin Rumi,
translation by Coleman Barks
We are healing together. I love you!