peace within you at nautilus teachings

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leaving
runny away
loss
giving up
digging a hole
turning our back
hiding…
no matter what
happens
or what label you give it
sometimes
we
just
shut
off…
for most of us
it is a day off-
at the beach
sleeping
watching tv
playing catch up
manicure
reading a book…
we all have a way
to nurture and feed our souls,
but what happens
if we have a disconnect?
what if that jar
of self love
was empty?
what if instead of
caring for our self
we find we
are sinking into a dark hole?
choosing instead
pills, alcohol, detachment
silence, darkness…
what then?
how do we find
our bubbles of light
and air to feed us
calm peace, healing love?
it’s a tiny word
but oh, so strong…
FAITH
we fall back into
and upon our
FAITH…
what if someone you loved
very much
chose the darkness side?
what would you do?
turn your back?
call?
listen?

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depression is real
this is the season
for it to take ahold of
people we never thought
would ever
suffer from it-
you know the ones…
they go to all the parties
put on the masks
but really,
if you look close
they are flat
standing there
just listening,
drink in hand,
nodding…
they are quiet
they showed up
so no one would know
the battle they are fighting…
or what about the one
who stops answering your texts-
goes into stealth silent mode
refusing to talk
pick up the phone
or even engage in
day to day life?
in my growing up
i was always an observer
a watcher
a woman of few words
sitting in corners
drink in hand
sipping slowly
while all around me,
life happened …
i was called rude
stuck up
a bitch
and perceived by some
to be the elusive
‘you cannot talk to her’
person…
which is so untrue
but i get it…
i am an introvert
social gatherings
had always made me
uncomfortable
until 12 years ago
when i chose
to find out
who i was…

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i am still an observer
only now i speak,
‘are you ok?’
‘how can i help?’
‘i am here for you…’
i learned to listen
to hug
to hold
to stand beside
those in need
supporting them
when they feel like breaking…
i hold secrets
never to be revealed
but given to me
in private release
by those i love
those i just know
and some,
even strangers…
leaving
runny away
loss
giving up
digging a hole
turning our back
hiding…
what do you call it?
do you know someone
who needs help?
reach out to them.
invite them to dinner,
yoga, for a walk,
to church…
just engage them in conversation
then observe their response…
you will know,
immediately…
depression
affects
1 in 10 Americans.
it is a real mental illness.
how can you,
just little ole’ you
help someone
you know who suffers from it?
be there.
don’t give up.
call.
text.
drop in.
invite.
listen.
hug.
love.
accept.
such easy things
and
guess what?
all of them are free.
we have one tiny, precious life
turn off the tv
put the cell phones on mute
put yourself second
take off your rose colored glasses
and open your eyes.
someone needs you.
let your faith lead you
to them
knowing for certain
that peace within
begins with you
and it’s tooooo powerful
not to pass on…

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