Years ago, I started a nonprofit initiative in Austin, TX that focused on supporting parents of teens. Here’s the lament that I heard regularly when one of our parent’s children was struggling: “It’s so hard for me to feel joy or happiness when my child is suffering.” I was raising a teenage boy at the time and could relate.
Then, one day when my heart was feeling particularly heavy around a parenting challenge, I attended a conscious movement class. In the midst of tears and dancing, something inside me shifted; out of nowhere I suddenly felt joy and delight moving through my body. “How is this possible?” I thought. Then I remembered: many things can be true at once. Watch (2 min. video): Am I Comfortable with Polarities?
Want more? Read Many Things are True at Once. I’d love to hear where you notice polarities in your body (the issues are in the tissues) and your life. Drop me a line. And if this topic resonates, please share my blog. It just might help bring a little hope to a friend that could use this reminder. It’s a hard time to be a human; we’re all in this together.
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Subscribe here to Live Inside Out, a weekly blog written by mindfulness coach/author/speaker and self-care evangelist Renée Peterson Trudeau. Passionate about helping men and women find balance through the art/science of self-care, Renee has been facilitating high-impact, interactive workshops for Fortune 500 companies, national nonprofits/conferences and organizations/teams worldwide for 25 years. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Fast Company, Good Housekeeping, US News & World Report, AARP, Spirituality & Health and more. She and her team have certified more than 450 facilitators in 10 countries around the globe to lead self-renewal groups/retreats based on her pioneering self-care curriculum. She’s the author of two books on life balance including the award-winning The Mother’s Guide to Self-Renewal: How to Reclaim, Rejuvenate and Re-Balance Your Life. She and her husband live in Western North Carolina and Austin, Texas; her latest venture is Wild Souls Nature Adventures. More on Renee here.