Helping others

Art, Belief, domestic abuse, Expressions of art, Faith, Growth, Helping, Helping others, Hope, Inspirational cycle, Inspire, Kindness, Nature, Reconnecting, Share yourself, support, writing

Hi all, it’s good to be here. I hope you are all keeping well and if you are currently being challenged as I am then I hope you have some support to keep you on your path.

I think I have a previous post about this however my desire to help people just keeps growing stronger. I support children, teenagers and adults in my work as a mental health counsellor which I love. This is a different kind of desire. This comes from deep down, deep within my soul. When I am going through challenges in my life, my opportunity for growth, this is when the desire burns stronger. I spoke to a lovely friend of mine the other day about my ideas for helping support more people. When I told her some of my ideas she said how kind and selfless they were. I know this was a compliment, however I actually disagree slightly in that on some level I feel that helping in these extra ways will help me also and so can not be purely selfless. I guess the difference now is that I am not trying to make myself ‘feel better’. I just empathise with people and their challenges, especially when those challenges leave you feeling isolated. This is a feeling I have had many times and I know how hard it is. I also now know that reaching out to others is a way of connecting. There is a deeper will to want people to know that by offering what you can, a simple message of encouragement or small token that ‘you are not alone’.

To feel this compassion from people is a feeling that can not be replicated. At Christmas time, my daughter and I were invited to an event held by Harv (domestic abuse charity) where we were shown all the donations that people had left for Christmas presents. It was very emotional for me as it was a very powerful message that people who had never met you wanted you to know that they care, you are in their thoughts and to remind you that you are not alone. There is no greater feeling.

The truth is, no one is alone. We are all connected to one another, to nature, to our universe. We either do not realise this yet or we have become detached, disconnected. The good news is that we can all connect again. Disconnection is temporary and in a way not even real. It is more of a perceived feeling as we can never truly be disconnected to who we are at our core and if we keep that with us always this will always keep us going. I feel the need to reiterate this as it is a very powerful statement. “We can never be disconnected from our core. If we keep that with us always, this will always keep us going”. I love this.

I can feel the flow more now in my words. Sometimes it takes time for the flow, sometimes it comes immediately. I just remember that it comes when it is ready, when I settle into myself and into my thoughts. When I am in the moment, in the here and now and being mindful. I can only be me now.

I just remembered what I started my post about and that was helping others. I am reading a book I got from a charity book shop in Hexham about compassion and it really is helping me cement my desire to help in a bigger way than I currently am. I know there is something a lot bigger in me and the ideas and thoughts are all coming to the forefront. I need to collect all of my ideas and put them together in the best way to showcase empathy, compassion and a willingness to support. I know I will use my art within this as art has got me to where I am now. Art was a huge influence for me. Art helped me to connect to my feelings and to reconnect with myself. Art helped save my life and I owe a lot to the arts.

I am going to put together an inspiration board to collate my ideas and thoughts and see how I can best put forward my plan. I want to show what can be done in your local community, how every little helps and how if we all share a bit of ourselves then we can all make this a better world for us all.

With hope and healing

Sophie Marie xx

Flying High

Expressions of art, Follow own path, Temporary paths

Today was the first session of a ten week free course that I had signed up for a few weeks ago. I had always pondered whether this was to be of benefit to me however added my name just in case. This morning as I thought hard about whether to attend, the overwhelming feeling that kept coming across me was that this was not for me. It was a familiar feeling and it was connected to the past.

I looked at this as not a step forward but a step back and I wondered why I would even consider going down that road. When emotions and life challenges are at a high I have a tendency to go a million percent down one path. This may be the right thing to do at the time however that does not mean it is the right path overall. I have realised that sometimes I have to revisit a path but I don’t have to stay on it. I am accepting more the paths that are temporary and serve a purpose in that moment. These paths are there for a reason, to teach me and to help me grow. I also believe that they are a test. God has been testing me a lot this week.

I want to continue supporting people along their journey and inspiring people to be their true self. The difference now is that I want to do this from where I am now. I recognise what is no longer going to serve me and which paths are already set. I do not wish to travel either of these. I want to continue on my creative path and I hope to inspire people through my own expressions of art. My writing, art and interiors. I have to connect with more people that think like I do and dream as I do. I want to be inspired by people who are living their creative life and do not apologise for it.

I realise that my latest level of awakening has embedded. The feelings of unease are no longer a part of me. I am very much aware that I have changed, I have evolved more. It is tangible within me. I can feel it very strongly. It is natural. It is me but more advanced. It feels amazing and I am as always blessed.

Sending my blessings to you all

Sophie Marie x