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An Antidote for the Land of Bitter and Sour

An Antidote for the Land of Bitter and Sour

The Land of Bitter and Sour.

As a human being, it’s natural to enter into a place of resentment when we aren’t feeling like the world is being fair to us.

People resent people from other cultures. Someone who is doing better than we are. Other religions. Other nationalities. People who don’t think like we do.

And, as we’ve seen most recently, a resentment against our government and the leaders who represent us.

The Land of Bitter and Sour is a place where we all land when we feel left out and left behind.

I’ve been there.

My first dip into the Land of Bitter and Sour was the day when, as a brand new first-time mom, I was left alone with two crying infants just a week old, unable to breastfeed and a gash in my stomach that was filled with stitches from a C-Section.

I felt deserted. And lost.

I felt devastated.

It’s easy to blame everyone else for our misery.

It’s easy to assume that when we need help it will just happen.

But the truth is that I never said a word of how hurt I felt that I was left alone for many hours a day for months on end with two sweet little babies that happened to need a lot of things from one of me.

I never shared how deserted I felt that year for many reasons.

And so the resentment kept building.

An Antidote for the Land of Bitter and Sour

Toward the end of that year I realized that feeling resentful about my circumstances was a never-ending battle. Nothing was going to change.  People weren’t going to start showing up and asking me if I needed help or even just a hug.

So I began several practices that lightened my heart and brought me a newfound joy — practices that I teach to women now all over the world.

It was never easy solo-parenting that first year with twin infants.

But it was an experience I learned to appreciate once I learned the antidote to the Land of Bitter and Sour.

This week in our country, we all need to take a deep breath and let go of the resentment that has been holding us back and preventing us from truly helping ourselves and each other in a way that makes families stronger.

In this week’s episode of The Abundant Mama Show I’m talking about that one practice that I rely on day in and day out to keep me strong and grounded. This is a practice that I’ve held strong to for nearly seven years — a practice that isn’t something to just do in the month of November for Thanksgiving.

It’s a practice that you can do anywhere, anytime … and it will naturally lift your spirits over time. I’ll talk in another episode soon about how to keep and maintain a practice in really hard times.

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Highlights of this Episode

Resources in this Episode

A list of Gratitude Journals

50 Often Overlooked Motherhood Joys to be Grateful For Today

The Abundant Mama Online Program

 

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