“Lucy” Celebrates National Puppy Day…

“Lucy” The Girl Who Stole My Heart & Soul… https://survivethriveptsd.org/2021/02/lucy-the-girl-who-stole-my-heart-and-soul/
I love “Lucy!”

Lucy ran up to me today with her usual sweet loving greeting. But she was unusually excited. I did not know why…

I love Lucy so. She is so kind and loving to me…

On this day, though, Lucy jumped up on my head. She danced and danced on my head and surprised me so…

Lucy jumped back down on my lap with a sweet peck on the cheek. She looked up at me, and barked out with joy…

Lucy, with those beautiful pug eyes, and big wide smile barked, “it’s National Puppy Day Pops! Did you remember?”

I love Lucy. For she’s ‘the girl who stole my heart and soul…’

Steve Sparks, Author, Blogger, Mental Health Advocate, and aspiring artisan.

My Brain is Okay, But My Mind Feels Like A Dumpster…

“Sam” The Old Dog of Wisdom

https://www.newportacademy.com/resources/mental-health/understanding-the-mind-body-connection/

The Biochemistry of the Mind-Body Connection

While we still don’t understand everything about the mind-body connection, scientists are discovering some of the ways in which communication occurs. Dr. Jennifer Weinberg, MD, MPH, MBE, a preventive and lifestyle medicine physician, describes the brain as “the hardware” that allows us to experience the thoughts, beliefs, attitudes, and emotions that we collectively call the “mind.”

“My brain is okay, but my mind feels like a dumpster.” Sam told me so the other day when we walked by the neighborhood dumpster…

“Why did you not empty the trash, Sam? I asked him, again, that day… “Because I did not know how,” he said while looking up at me with truth in his eyes…

Sam, is “The Old Dog of Wisdom,” I thought. Then, I wondered, if he put wisdom in the dumpster…

Sometimes when the mind hurts the brain stops, they say. Maybe, I can help Sam empty the dumpster. Then, maybe Sam won’t hurt anymore…

“How can I get help to empty the trash in my mind? Sam asked with tears in his eyes…

“I do not know, Sam. But let’s go together and find out together. I’ll hold your hand and help you, Sam.”

We are pals, Sam and me. I will see my friend through this. Because I need to empty my dumpster too…

We can heal together, Sam and me… For we both are “Old Dogs of Wisdom…

Steve Sparks, Author, Blogger, Mental Health Advocate… and aspiring artisan.

“Simba” Showed Me Empathy…

I learned empathy from “Simba”
“I can feel your soul” Steve Sparks
Is Empathy at The Center of Healing?

Empaths are highly sensitive individuals, who have a keen ability to sense what people around them are thinking and feeling. Psychologists may use the term empath to describe a person that experiences a great deal of empathy, often to the point of taking on the pain of others at their own expense.

https://www.healthline.com/health/what-is-an-empath

I only learned about empaths more recently. Simba showed me the way…

“I feel your soul,” Simba’s soul told me so. In that moment my soul felt his soul…

I think empathy is at the center of healing. It’s hard for us because we feel deeply the pain of others, and feel love too.

Do you feel my soul? If you do, then, I feel your soul too, in that moment. We are healers then, a special gift to share…

It is God speaking to us, but I really don’t know. But I do know God speaks to me…

Thank you for that…

Steve Sparks, Author, Blogger, Mental Health Advocate…and aspiring artisan.

“As long as you don’t give up nothing is over.”