The Difference Between Pain and Suffering

Dena Hobbs:

So, i took the summer off from blogging (more on that later). But when I came back to check on things at Centering Down, I was surprised that in my absence this little post was read around thirty times each day by folks all over the world. So as I re-enter the blogosphere for another year (Happy Second Blogoversary to me), I thought I would re-share what has obviously resonated with many. I hope that you enjoy. And though I hope your day is good, even if it is painful remember you have the choice to still be present in that pain and accept it for what it is. This simple tactic has made a huge difference in my life and I hope it will bless you as well.

All the best,
Dena

Originally posted on Centering Down:

Pain is probably one of our most universal experiences. We feel it when we are born. We feel it when we die. We feel it countless times throughout our lifetime in a spectrum of different ways.

Heartbreak. 

Injury.

Illness.

Loss.

But does pain necessarily equal suffering?

As I’ve written recently, I’ve been laid up a bit these past few weeks with a bad neck and a resulting flare up of my panic/anxiety issues. I think is is safe to say that some days there was both pain and suffering present as I was laid out on the sofa.

Not only was I hurting and unable to do what I wanted to do, but I was frequently thinking about how frustrated I was that I was hurting and unable to live my normal life. Not only would I think about it, but I would share my worries and complaints with whoever…

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A Centering Down Birthday Wish

It is a special day here at Centering Down.

It’s My Birthday!

Birthday Wish

For a long time I have had a secret goal of reaching 1,000 followers by this day. (I have broken 900, so we are close).

Now before you think my ego has gotten too big or I am focusing on the wrong thing, let me tell you why I care.

Though I love writing this blog, I also have a dream of writing and publishing books.

In fact, I’ve already self-published an Advent Devotional you can find on the side bar or the books tab on the home page. I also have a draft of a book on coping with anxiety disorders that I wrote with my therapist husband. We are trying to have that book traditionally published. Last summer we got really close to this dream.  A couple of publishers looked at the book and really like it. But in the end they turned us down.

You see publishers these days want authors who are an easy bet to sell books (publishing has become a tough market). They want you to have a platform already established that you can market your book to. Frankly, this kind of business talk makes my head hurt, but it is today’s reality.

So for the past year I have done what they all told me to do. “Try and grow your platform.” Build the blog. Be active on Twitter. Grow your Facebook family.

I’ve drawn my motivation from trying to share hope, healing, and encouragement with as many people as I can. I’ve tried to use my life and voice to be a blessing. For the most part this has kept me busy and sane.

I am so grateful to all of you who have found Centering Down this past year one way or another and taken the time to read my offerings.

Birthday Gift to Centering Down

And today of all days, as a gift to myself, I will allow myself one moment of embarrassing self promotion.

If you read this blog regularly but are not subscribed, will you click the Follow button on the upper right corner? If you just want to check things out here for a while and read the other encouraging content I pass along, maybe you could like the Centering Down Facebook page or follow DenaDHobbs on Twitter? And if you really want to make a girl happy, you could share this with your friends and encourage them to check Centering Down out as well.

I promise to do my best to consistently give you something to read that will make your day better. That will help you exhale that heavy weight and bring a smile to your soul. And hopefully sometimes even make you laugh.

Again, thanks to you if you have read this blog once or hundreds of times. It is a gift to write at all, but it makes my heart full when I connect with readers in a way that makes a difference in both our lives.

And as always, feel free to share feedback on what would be a gift to you!

The Reverend Mother – or why every nursery worker should receive a free margarita after church

mosaic of motherhood

Today’s motherhood story comes to us from Nikki Collins MacMillan. Nikki and I met during our seminary days, and since we are both Georgia girls, we had the grace of reconnecting and staying close all these years later. I cannot … Continue reading