Category: Empower Me

The Gift of Feeling Everything.

  By Deb Avery   Helen Keller once said, “All the world is full of suffering. It is also full of overcoming.” When I feel the pain, injustice and suffering of the world on a deep, visceral level, I remember this quote and take comfort in the hope that it offers. I feel deeply the pain of those around me; humans, animals, trees—the Earth itself. Following an eclectic (although mostly Buddhist) lifestyle, I am often misunderstood in my small community in the rural South. I am an empath, or HSP (Highly Sensitive Person). But to most of the people in...

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Now I am Stronger.

  By Tanya Tiger   I awoke this morning much like I do every morning, with a whirling storm of dialogue in my mind. Sometimes this stream of thoughts is coherent while other times it’s a mish-mosh of nonsensical jibber-jabber. This morning’s tirade started off as the latter but quickly spun itself into a coherent ah-ha moment. As I stood in the shower, letting the hot water pound on my tired body, the thoughts began to coalesce. I started thinking about the direction my life has taken and all the twists and turns I’ve found myself stumbling around. I...

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The Journey Back to Myself.

    By Ilda Dashi I don’t need you ex-lover, ex-friend, potential lover, potential friend. Who I need most in my life is myself. I have lost many pieces of who I really am while searching for a lover or partner to console me and make my life more beautiful. I have searched a long time for a friend who can fully understand me, for a lover who can love me completely, for my family to tolerate my moods. I have searched a long time in the forests of my imagination and the hills of reality. I have walked around and around in...

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A Semicolon Instead of a Full Stop.

  By Sonia Shrestha   Recently, I came across the semicolon tattoo trend that was started by Project Semicolon. The project describes itself as a “faith-based non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and love to those who are struggling with depression, suicide, addiction and self injury.” The semicolon trend was described on the project’s website: “a semicolon is used when an author could have chosen to end their sentence, but chose not to. The author is you and the sentence is your life.” The description looked perfect to me; this was something I could absolutely relate to. I firmly believe...

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I’m a Sexual Abuse Survivor & I Continue to Grow. {Trigger Warning}

  By Nick Berry I am a 36 year old male that has been overly, sickly, manically, consumed by sexual thoughts, fantasies, and actions since I was five years old. At an early age, I began to immortalize and idolize my father who was, as he puts it, an alcoholic and drug addict. My mother verified this fact and also classified him as a womanizer.  I saw him leave our lovely home and move in with a much younger, cuter, and bustier woman than my mother. At the age of five I found absolutely nothing wrong with any of this...

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