When I say it’s you I like…

Fruit are we
From this Tree Of Life
And may we
Continue to bloom


” When I say it’s you I like, I’m talking about that part of you that knows that life is far more than anything you can ever see or hear or touch. That deep part of you that allows you to stand for those things without which humankind cannot survive. Love that conquers hate, peace that rises triumphant over war, and justice that proves more powerful than greed.

~Fred Rogers

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Text & image source: Peggy @ ECUMENICUS https://www.facebook.com/ecumenicus/

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About Ben Naga

The Spirit that graces me with its passing has no name and stems not from thoughts and words, though it gathers them up as it flows, but from feeling.

Posted on May 29, 2019, in Reposted from elsewhere. Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.

  1. I come to you sad after an interaction with a blogger who I was once looking forward to his every post. My heart hurts because when I attempted to dig into who he was he lashed out and attacked instead of nurtured. I seek the nurturing of men with their comforting words and soft way of being. I find myself reaching out to people who are gentle. Thank you for being a gentle source of sweet words to soothe my hurting soul. I find much connection with the Tree of Life you have shared. And to be honest, I feel deep connection to the Tree of Life. I wear a choker with the Tree of Life symbol around my neck and a bracelet with both the Tree of Life and the Yin Yang symbol for two symbols representing the same concept.

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    • I just finished your post https://exploringalura.wordpress.com/2019/05/30/douchebag-alert-2-its-me/ Should I assume that’s what you’re referring to?

      I (almost 😉 ) always remember to stop before allowing The Negative One to take over the microphone. When I find myself turning into TNO I make it Step One to get back to my true self before trying to interact with anyone else. I also try – mostly successfully – to avoid arguments by refusing to play that game. Two strategies that, in my experience, save a lot of unpleasantness all round, including later regrets.

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      • Indeed. This is what I was referring to.

        I wish I could stop. I am out of control when my mania is present. And my perspective is always twisted in a way where I justify my bad behavior and then go about indulging in it. I am sad I sank so low. Sadder even that I am one of those people that is out of control. I make the world worse with my negativity. I am ever focused on being better. The first step is avoiding things that provoke me. Engaging with a provoker is a sign that I’m allowing myself to be provoke. The biggest problem you can have.

        With the mania, it screams in a voice that demands “I am being my true self” and goes about acting just like it wants. There is no rationalizing with a manic person. Or at least there isn’t with me. I just need gentle nurturing from others to point out how out of character I am acting.

        Sadly I am someone who needs outside help to control the battle inside.

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      • “With the mania, it screams in a voice that demands “I am being my true self” and goes about acting just like it wants. ”

        Clearly this is not in fact the truth for both you and I (not to mention your husband 🙂 ) can see that this is not your ‘true self'”.

        I love this quotation from Jeff Foster:

        “Don’t mistake the weather of your mind for the sky of your being.”

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      • I do so thoroughly enjoy when your words grace my notifications. It is always such joy to see what you have shared with me.

        I really take this one to heart. With the bipolar my mind (and moods) are all over the place. I know there is a me in there that is the straight line through the chaos but so often my perspective is lost because of the changing and fluctuating moods that I often forget about the real me, the me I wish to share with others. It’s interesting because the real me is the silence in between all the noise.

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      • ” It’s interesting because the real me is the silence in between all the noise.” Exactly. We just need lots and lots of practice. Well I do anyway. 🙂


      • I just wanted to come back and say thank you for taking the time to come back and read my post. It was a long one. I really appreciate the time that you gave it and that you took the time to share yourself with me in return. I am always looking to connect in a real way. And I appreciate that you have done so.

        Hope your day is well. Hope you find many good tidings to boost your mood as your time progresses.

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      • “I am always looking to connect in a real way. ”

        Phoney connections
        Sully and diminish us
        And over time destroy
        Our precious connection
        With Soul and Spirit

        While true connections
        Nourish those involved
        Allow Soul and Spirit
        To come forward
        And be recognised

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      • This is such wonderful truth. When I come to the realization that my relationship with someone was nothing more than a phoney temporary connection my soul and spirit always stand crushed.

        But the moment I meet someone I hold out hope and open myself up as wholly and honestly and really as I possibly can so as to give all of my soul and spirit toward connecting with the one I wish to know more.

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      • Sounds a good way forward. 🙂


  2. Very perceptive quote by Mr. Rogers!

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