IMG_1416W.I.P., Heart of the Mater, acrylic on canvas, Cat Charissage, 2014

Dear Friends,

Today is a continuation of the last two days of prompts.  If you haven’t read those yet, go get caught up, or this won’t make a lot of sense!

Now take a look at your boxes of categorized stresses, with the eyes of your deepest self in touch with that which is most important and “real” in your life.  Look at those boxes, and read through your stresses with the eyes of love, tenderness, and compassion.  Now is the time to strategize.

What is standing between you and the peace you seek?

For each category of stress, ask this question of each stressor.  Listen to what comes up, and make notes before your insights drop back into unconsciousness.  Your self, your psyche, your allies will whisper answers, but they usually do so quietly.  Listen.  Continue to ask the questions “What do I really WANT to do?”  “What do I know I can do, choose to do, as an act of generous love and compassion?”  “What can’t I do, no matter what, as a matter of self-love and good conscience?”  “Does this really need to be done?”  “Can someone else do it if it’s so important?”  “Why do I fear this so?  What makes this so stressful?”  Listen and write, listen and write.

Finally, there will probably be some stressors that cannot be resolved or brought to peace.  For these, my dear teacher, Dr. Estes, as a saying, “What you can’t make better, make holy.”  There are some mysteries that won’t be solved today.  For these, metaphorically put them into a special place, bounded, seen for what they are, and then leave them with your most compassionate thoughts and intentions for healing and resolution, for when they can be healthily dealt with next.

Now, go do what is possible to make your world, our world,  happier.

With love,


Day 41 of a series of daily prompts for written, visual, or art journalling, or just for pondering.  For more background information, see the Intro page, or this post on visual journalling: