I’ve been under a lot of stress lately, more than normal, and one thing I often do when I get stressed is look for quotes about inner peace. I found some that really touched me a couple minutes ago, and I decided to share them here for anyone else who’s feeling the stress and not the peace today.
Stress or Peace?
I like this quote so much because it speaks to the fact that we get a choice and the thoughts and actions we choose affect the outcome we get.
“Every day brings a choice to practice stress or to practice peace.” – Joan Borysenko
That was it… simple… concise… the perfect reminder to just chill.
Where’s your Power?
I picked this second quote because I find it so easy to fall into the role of feeling like a victim when things pile up around me.
“When you can’t control what’s happening, challenge yourself to control the way you respond to what’s happening. That’s where your power lies!” – author unknown
It’s a gentle reminder that how you respond to things is where your power lies.
Your Chance to Grow
This last quote is another gentle reminder, or was for me and I hope it will be for you, that even when things seem bleak, it can be your chance to start fresh.
“Sometimes, when you’re in a dark place, you think you’ve been buried, but you’ve actually been planted.” – Christine Caine
So, make of that what you will, but keep in mind that the bullsh!t that gets heaped on your shoulders (from wherever and from whomever) can be used (by you) as amazing fertilizer to grow your future.
If you’re here on Intrinsic Vicissitude to learn about building a better, happier life, but you are also in an emotionally abusive relationship, you already know first-hand that the title of this post is true – but did you also know you have choices and do not have to remain a victim of this type of emotional manipulation?
Accepting emotional abuse takes away your joy and stops you from growing as a person. It gives the person bullying you all the power and wraps the victim in a shroud of stress and fear.
What is Emotional Abuse?
Emotional abuse is a type of relationship bullying that typically uses verbal abuse and manipulative, spirit-crushing tactics to control the victim. It does not leave the same physical signs as domestic violence, but it is a serious form of domestic abuse.
Living with emotional bullying leaves the victim angry, and afraid. Happiness cannot exist, much less grow in a soil made up of anger and fear.
How to Stop Being Bullied by a Loved One
First of all, if someone is bullying you – that is not a person who loves you. It is a person who wants to control you, and that has nothing to do with love or affection.
If you or a loved one are dealing with this type of victimization, recognize your own role in it – in that by accepting it you allow it to continue.
Educate yourself on codependent relationships.
Keep a journal if you can keep your bully from reading it and using it as a tool to bully you more.
Do whatever you have to do to get stronger so you can have the life you want and deserve.