She returned,

but something had changed.

As if there was someone

who had set her in flames.

She had danced with the flames

furiously, wild.

And hadn't been catched

by the limits of her mind.

A nodded echo

proved it right,

there was a new resident

carved inside.

A hunger for curiosity

was there to stay.

To burn her seams open

and make her say

the words into a question

she longed today.

"If you love life

like flames love air.

Then can you not only

burn into ashes, 

but breath as long,

both flames and ashes

turn into a silence

like an ended song."

There she was

seemingly fullfilled,

content and calm.

Even if nonexistence

was her new realm.

No flames,

no ashes,

or nothing in between.

But nothing turns into everything

when the magnificence of it

is truly seen.


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The universe called her name at night.

Silent whispers barely to be heard.

Emerging to a humming lullaby

of words that had been unheard.

Singing promises about the infinity.

Something so unknown,

yet familiar.


A place for lucid daydreams,

softly flowing by compassion and light.

A place for endless guidance of love,

where the walls of fear and doubt crumble down

and dissolve to a withering echo.


This place,

it is within you.

Just listen and surrender to it.

As living beneath the stars

is really all there is needed.

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How To Nurture Positive Self-Talk

How you talk to yourself is how you feel about yourself. It is easy to get attached to the negative voice talking inside your head. This voice that keeps reminding you of your insecurities, self-doubts or unfulfilled dreams. Not only does it affect your self-esteem and self-confidence, but it also very easily becomes a habit. A habit that is so automatic that it's hardly noticeable.

Take a moment to think about it. The way you’re putting yourself down with those insulting words; would you go through the same conversation with another human being in exactly the same situation as you? Would you listen to someone else saying those things directly to your face? Would you just put your chin down and not defend yourself in any way? My guess is that you wouldn’t. Because nobody deserves to be talked to negatively. Not you or any other

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The thing is, when you become aware of your negative thoughts, you start thinking about how to get rid of them. And in trying to figure out how to make them stop, you're focusing your energy on the negative thoughts. Now there is a cycle of constantly attracting even more negativity into your life because what you’re thinking, you are inviting. There is the intention to get out of the cycle, but instead, you are getting drowned in it and asking for more.

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The good thing about all this negativity is that you have a choice. You can change it. You don’t have to keep on listening to this voice. It is there, yes. But just be aware of it. Acknowledge it. Accept it. When you catch yourself listening to this negative self-talk, stop for a minute and try replacing the negative words with positive ones.

Let’s say you wake up in the morning feeling a bit tired because you didn’t sleep well. You see your own reflection in the mirror and immediately pay attention to the dark circles under your eyes.

"I look horrible. I look so old. I was supposed to go out for lunch, but I can’t go looking like this. Why didn’t I go to bed earlier last night? I’m so stupid.”

Instead, try telling yourself that you are not stupid staying up late, you had some important things to do. And you do not look horrible. What you see in the mirror is your beautiful face, which naturally shows the lack of a good night sleep. But it doesn’t make it horrible. Why would it? It is your unique, beautiful face. Give yourself a smile. It might feel unnatural at first, but it will, too, start turning into a habit. A positive habit.

Whether you think negative or positive thoughts, exactly the same thing happens: you attract what you think. So when you replace the negative thoughts with positive ones, the universe will respond by creating more and more positivity. Once you start doing this, there will be an infinitely growing cycle of positivity.

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Start being actively alert to the way you talk to yourself. Be kind. And gentle. Give yourself love. It will have a massive impact on the quality of your life, starting right now at this very moment. There’s nothing to lose. You deserve it.

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