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Jan 11Liked by Andrea Gibson

I'm also going through a cancer battle right now and your words heal me every time. Thank you.

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This is beautiful. I'm also going through cancer and my cousin suggested I follow you. What a rich and fertile ground I've found with so many daisies. Oddly enough now that I'm facing a life or death illness, I find my soul to be much more at peace, my illusion of control crumbled, and I think it might just be...freedom.

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Jan 11Liked by Andrea Gibson

Andrea, you are fire and velvet. You have reached places in my heart that I didn't know existed. Your ability to weave words together in a way that is fierce, yet gentle touches me on so many levels that I can't express to others adequately except to say, "You must read them, you must hear them."

I understand why Bennett, admired you the way they did. They performed your poetry in Speach and Debate in high school, and had to go to New York to see you perform. You single handedly started them on their life path. Your content may have been different, but your passion and presence reach out to the farthest places in the universe. I am so grateful for the meaning you have brought to my life and to the lives of everyone who has the honor to know your words. I love you and I love Meg for sustaining you and keeping you whole. Thank you for sharing your love and life with us. Your entire family is in our hearts.

Karen

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Jan 11Liked by Andrea Gibson

Thank you for your beautiful writing and beautiful way of living into every part of this world, Andrea! Long Covid has taught me some of these same things and taken me to some of these same places. The things I liked about myself - being fit and strong and intellectually quick and productive and full of energy - vanished almost overnight, and I somehow found that I love myself and love this world more, not less.

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Jan 11Liked by Andrea Gibson

I attended Meg’s workshop, thinking I’d come up with something good about my progressive diseases but found the truthiest truth (thanks, Meg) and realized I was gay and it had been suppressed my entire life. Came out to myself, then my husband who I’ve been with for 18 years. Now I’m making peace with all the versions of me that hid for so long, and it’s the most beautifully fulfilling thing.. parts of me falling together and finally fitting. It’s been simultaneously the most painful and liberating experience of my life. 🖤

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Jan 11Liked by Andrea Gibson

Your perspective continues to wake me up. Non-duality meets non-duality meets non-duality in infiniteness. Sitting here waiting for my 5 year post cancer CT/bone scans. I love you!

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Jan 11Liked by Andrea Gibson

Thank you for sharing this journey. May every moment blossom into something beautiful. I know you likely have heard of this poem, but I share it here in case others have not. May you live all of your days. Xoxo

The Uses of Sorrow

(In my sleep I dreamed this poem)

Someone I loved once gave me

a box full of darkness

It took me years to understand

that this, too, was a gift.

© 2006 by Mary Oliver

Poem found in Thirst, p. 52

Published by Beacon Press

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Jan 11Liked by Andrea Gibson

Thank you for such a clear and beautiful articulation of the expanding we do when we notice, allow, accept, and eventually, gently, welcome the parts of ourselves we are ashamed of, frightened of, and despise. I so agree that loving these parts as they come along creates incredible capacity for change. That's been my experience. Thank you again!

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Jan 11·edited Jan 11Liked by Andrea Gibson

I so look forward to all your words!! As I too look cancer fiercely in the face..I find strength, courage and grace through your writings! Hugs from a far!

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Jan 11Liked by Andrea Gibson

Absolutely beautiful, words and insight dear Andrea. I have danced this path with my mother, my father, my aunt, several dear friends. Recently the hungry little cells came sniffing for me too. Your clarity rings so true those moments when get the chance to see what matters most. love

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Jan 11Liked by Andrea Gibson

I needed these words so deeply today, it lightened my grieving heart and set me back into my body ♥️

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Jan 11Liked by Andrea Gibson

Pineal cyst (center of brain) removed March of 2020, 1 week ICU stay, alone, due to covid. Since then my mantra has been #shedshiftshine . I've learned to do my best to SHED what no lover serves me. SHIFT & grow into my "becoming" so that I can SHINE, as my most authentic self.

Shed a marriage, 100+ pounds, and a corporate job since then and it's been a continuous #backwardsblessing. I'm now a full-time psychic medium & intuitive energy healer & living my best life... loving every crack & crevice of this planet & the souls inhabiting it & beyond.

I'm huge fan of YOU & your writing & I don't think I've ever sent so much love & healing energy to a stranger in my life. Also, I've never gifted a book so many times... You Better Be Lightening ⚡️💖⚡️ Thank you

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I got the flu this week. Or at least, I assume it was the flu since I've had multiple colds and Covid in the last decade and nothing has laid me flat like this. And while I was so sick, unable to stay upright or think straight, all of the regressive, shitty internal voices that tell me that if I'm not constantly of use to someone else, if I'm not doing, producing, accomplishing I'm not worth anything, came screaming to the forefront of my brain. Usually, there's too much doing-management on my mind for me to hear those voices. Doing and thinking about doing drowns them out.

Can I say I love those voices? That would be a little bit of a stretch. I can say I know where they come from. I feel deep compassion for their fear that if I don't earn my right to be here then I might have to cease being here. And I can say, though having the flu SUCKS, I'm glad to have heard them so that we can actually have a conversation together. Nothing brought into the light stays dark. That I can say for sure.

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Jan 11Liked by Andrea Gibson

Concerning all subsequent shooting stars... if any are not your Grandma Faye or other beloveds, then they are shouts of gratitude from your readers. Thank you, thank you. Sending you some sunnywindy peace from LA today.

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Jan 11Liked by Andrea Gibson

This is so timely! My husband was quite upset this morning about the ways I express my anxiety and how it affects him. I felt so badly about myself and how my behavior and unfiltered remarks were affecting my loved ones. Coming from a place of compassion for the anxious part of me feels

loving and healng. Spacious. Generous. I feel better already and will continue to explore. Thank you, Andrea.

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Oh, I so so so needed this today, Andrea. I've been dealing with a rare autoimmune disease for the past several years and feel overcome by grief at moments when I stop to consider all that's changed, all that never got to be. In many ways, I've been fighting myself, living in denial, and your words show me that there is peace in acceptance and power in self-compassion. Thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing your wisdom with us. I always find so much solace in your words.

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