If you’ve ever spent time in the ocean, you know that rough waves can make you temporarily forget the stable ground underneath. Only when it passes and your toes gracefully fall back onto the sand, do you realize that safety, peace and calm were just a few inches away. It’s just another moment of chaos that made you forget.

In The Book of Awakening, author Mark Nepo says:

“Fear of living often comes when we place all our energy into the moment of the wave, into the turbulent moment of our psychology…If revelation is the brief experience of seeing through the surface, into ourselves or others, then wisdom is the recall of that seeing when the waters are murky.”

In a sea of difficulty, you have two choices. You can ride it out while cognizant of the ground below or you can let it overwhelm you, pushing you under, breathless and further away from shore. If you are able to maintain a sense of calm even in moments of fear, uncertainty and stress, you will experience greater positivity, creativity, emotional well-being, and love and acceptance for yourself. These are all topics we’re addressing this week. It’s just a way to motivate you to stay the course, to continue to ride the wave and to remember that whatever you are going through will eventually pass.

Never Happier Than When Writing
(The Creative Mind) – Think creativity flourishes from states of anger, fear of anxiety? Surprisingly, it’s the opposite that will inspire your next big idea. Creativity and positive emotions feed off each other causing an influx of happy moments and happy creating.

Are These 8 Lifestyle Changes Better Than Drugs or Therapy?
(Single at Heart) – While psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy have found their place as effective and relevant treatments for mental health, this professor thinks there’s something better out there. Discover the 8 ways he says you can change your life, minus the stigma and side effects of traditional treatments.

The ADHD Artist’s Way
(ADHD from A to Zoë) – “Does an artist with ADHD have to sublimate their natural inclinations in order to be commercially viable?” Don’t you love that question? Zoë addresses it in this week’s post.

Recognizing and Understanding Depression After Trauma
(Healing Together for Couples) – Although less recognized than PTSD, depression is often present in individuals suffering from the aftermaths of trauma. Learn how to identify depression (in men and women), find out the relationship between PTSD and depression and get three antidotes that could help.

Cultivating Self-Love: Part 2 With Mara Glatzel
(Weightless) – Loving yourself isn’t easy. It’s a continual process of self-kindness, asking for what you need, and courage. For help on how you can give more love to yourself, read this.