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Thought Stirring Post


The following (really awesome!) Thought Stirring Question was originally posted by sistahraven in 2006. There are many more questions than our usual TSQ, but it is well worth thinking this one through. Enjoy!

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So this week's questions:

  • What image have you carried with you?

  • Did you find an image or symbol that resonated with you like this?

  • If you got a tattoo what would it be of? (no offense intended for cultures and religions who forbid such things - this is strictly theoretical) Would it be an animal? A word? A picture?

  • What image connects you to your healing, your inner worlds, your hope and faith?

  • And, as always - how can you bring that image with you into your daily life? Could you have a postcard, a sticker, a piece of artwork, or even just a great stuffed animal that could help remind you of this?

  • If you *have* a reminder of that image, has it helped ground you? Would you have any suggestions of good places to keep reminders?

Like I said, this one is tough to nail down - so if I've run you about in circles, please feel free to ask for clarity.

Also, it's more than okay to have more than one image, or not be able to put an image to words.

Thought-Stirring Question: Role models.

A "role model" is typically considered to be someone whose behavior is worthy of emulation and who sets a good example. The behavior or example in question can fulfill many roles in many different situations.

--Who have been your role models in relation to your abuse and recovery?
--Which aspects of your life have your role models affected?
--In what ways have you tried to emulate or model the behavior of these inspiring individuals?
--In what ways, if any, do you seek to be a role model for others?

Free hugs

I know there are a couple of people, maybe more, in this community who are really struggling right now.

I just want you all to know that I love the supportive environment of this group and the way we pull together to help each other.

*big safe teddy bear hugs* to anyone who needs a good hug. To those who are having a hard time, know that I care, and I want you to pull through the hard times, and I'll do anything I can to help.

ETA: I'm arquenniel on Yahoo! instant messenger and I'm online now if anybody needs someone to talk to.

ETA again: I just created an AIM account for myself; I'm desertrosedark on AIM.
pussies unite

Happy International Women's Day!

Hi all,
I hope this is okay to post here, let me know if otherwise.
I am participating in the Third Annual Walk for Change benefiting the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center.
Please help sponsor me by donating at the following link and spreading the link around anywhere you can think of: http://www.firstgiving.org/rayabarcc2008
Thank you! Let's make violence history!

Fixing your engine ...

Healing what hurts...

Todays's Daily Om newsletter felt particularly helpful.
I am just sharing it here. :)

Freeing Up Energy
Healing What Hurts

Many of us go through our lives being aware of a well of pain that has been under our daily awareness for so long we aren’t even sure where it comes from. It almost seems as if it’s part of who we are, or the way we see the world, but it’s important to realize that this pain is something that needs to be acknowledged and processed. The longer we sit on it, the harder it is to work through, and the more likely it is that we will be forced to acknowledge it as it makes itself known to us in ways we can’t predict. Rather than waiting for this to happen, we can empower ourselves by identifying the pain and resolving to take action toward healing it.

The very thought of this brings up feelings of resistance in most of us, especially if, on the surface, our lives seem to be in order. It’s difficult to dig up the past and go into it unless we are being seriously inconvenienced by the hurt. The thing is, when we are carrying the burden of our unprocessed pain, sooner or later it will inconvenience us. If we can be brave and proactive, we can save ourselves a lot of future suffering and free up the energy that is tied up in keeping the pain down.

There are many ways to do this, but the first step is to recognize the pain and honor it by moving our awareness into it. In this process, even if it’s just five minutes during meditation, we will begin to have a sense of what the pain is made of. It might be fear of abandonment, childhood abuse, anger at being mistreated, or some other long held wound. As we sit with the pain, we will also have a sense of whether we can deal with it by ourselves or not. It may be time to work with a counselor or form a healing circle with close friends. Whatever path you choose, resolve to go deep into the pain so that you can release it fully, and set yourself free. Remember, it is never too late in life to heal what hurts, and there is never a better time than now.

From http://www.dailyom.com

just a small encouragement

i just want to say that things DO get better eventually.  i know there were so many days when i wondered if i could ever go on, or if i could be "normal" or if life would always be fear-filled and miserable.  but hang on tight!!!  there is hope.  i've been feeling so much better this past year than any year before.  am learning so much and growing so much.  stronger than ever.  time does help heal along with processing things.  not to say that there aren't still days i have to deal with stuff, but predominantly i am finally living my life lately.  so be encouraged.  hang in there.  when you feel like you can't go on, just hang on... eventually it will get better.  you may stumble, but you will get back up.  you're awesome!!!  you're strong!!!  you're powerful!  you can do it and you will do it!!!  blessings be upon you all!!!
Speak My Mind


I am a Social Worker and a Drug and Alcohol Counselor... I try to be strong for my clients who range in age from ten years old through late adulthood.

My sessions in Individual Counseling, Group Therapy, and Family Intervention aren't the most difficult times for me. While sitting in traffic on my way home in the dark, when I am alone with my thoughts, when I am faced with down time... I struggle with my own demons.

I want you all to know that I find courage to get through each day because of you. Each one of you brings your own unique story to this group, to this Community, and to my life. We may never talk, we may never meet, this message may never reach you in a more individualized manner than the words in front of you now... but please know that in this moment, you matter.

Thank you for being here.

I've found you find strength in your moments of weakness... And I know there's no guarantees, but I'm not alone...
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