Healing the Mind, Body, and Soul through the Daily Practice of Discovering Beauty and Truth

Healing from sociopathic abuse is a journey of transforming the mind, body, and soul. It’s an adventure in freedom and fullness. In pursuing beauty, through art, photography, and other creative avenues, we find rest for our souls and healing for our minds. Our bodies are gradually healed, too.

This is the “Daily Practice” of renewing our minds through beauty and truth.

To Stand in the Shock Waves and Shine By: Susan Deborah Schiller   Photo Source "I'm grooming you to grin in the face of disaster," I heard Papa God say as I was listening in prayer one day. You see, part of my family legacy is to worry. I tend to worry about things as tenaciously […]

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Soaking in the Source of Life By: Susan Deborah Schiller There is a reservoir of beauty and truth hidden beneath the surface of outward life. It can be tapped into, like a tree taps into the underground springs. I call it "soaking" because in those moments of solitude, silence, and seeking God in the darkness is like tapping into an […]

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Listening in the Night Watches By: Susan Deborah Schiller The story you don't want to write may be sounding an alarm in the night watches. You can't sleep, stumble out of bed, and wonder if you should get something to eat or watch TV. But if you listen in the night watch, the untold story […]

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By: Susan Deborah Schiller "I will give you the treasures of darkness And hidden wealth of secret places, So that you may know that it is I, The LORD, the God of Israel, who calls you by your name. — Isaiah 45:3 God's ways are not our ways. He is not the one who brings torture […]

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Creating Beauty out of Chaos By: Susan Deborah Schiller Photo Credit Chaos… descending upon an elementary school in Oklahoma where children huddled, terrified and battered by an horrific tornado. Children and teachers dead. In Ohio, three teenage girls kidnapped and held captive for ten years just a few feet away from good people. In Florida, a […]

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The Power of Beauty By: Susan Deborah Schiller "The world will be saved by beauty." — Doestoevsky Since I moved out West the majesty of snow-capped mountains, rushing white-water rivers, and the beauty of wild flowers and trees have rejuvenated my weary soul. Beauty has seemingly magical power to cleanse and illuminate the dark places in […]

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Sparrow Talk By: Susan Deborah Schiller If I were a sparrow, what would I see each day? Big birds, and lots of them, pushing and fighting for the best sunflower seeds. When the big birds swoop in, the sparrows flee to the nearest tree. Sparrows don't push or fight, but their needs and wants are […]

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Writing through Disability, Disease, and Death By: Susan Deborah Schiller From my mini-memoir… Sixty percent of our North American population relies on some type of drug to control their dis-ease. Anxiety is at an all-time high and stress forms the roots of most infirmity. No one has prescribed anything for me and I don't take […]

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Not Too Small By: Susan Deborah Schiller In the series, "The Daily Practicing of Seeing" What does a little horse think about as he awaits his turn in the auction corral? I know he's not human, but horses do think… He stands next to bigger, stronger work horses. It's an auction where horses are bought […]

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The Most Beautiful People are Formed by Trials By: Susan Deborah Schiller When he peers at me from the pillow next to mine,  his merry blue eyes melt me from the inside out – all the icy trials, the numbed fingers of pain that claw and clutch at the last vestiges of my faith, my integrity, and my identity let go.   […]

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The Morning Prayer Poem By: Danielle Bednarcik  Imagine you've just had a long drive, moving from out of state and you're really tired, burned out, and you wonder if you've made the right decision. Did you hear God's voice? That was me, 4 years ago. With a clear, confident voice, your 6-year old granddaughter begins […]

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My Three Healers: Nature, Creativity, and Writing My Story By: Susan Deborah Schiller Creativity is the best therapy, for me. Soaking in nature, walking barefoot. I make it my daily practice, as often as I can, anyway! Beauty is God, and God is Beauty. Love is God, and God is Love. Truth is God, and God is Truth. […]

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Psalms 61:2 From the end of the earth I will cry to You, when my heart is overwhelmed; lead me to the rock that is higher than I.  ~~~   From my collection of Wisdom Words that have helped me to survive.  ~~~ Source: ft111.com – I am on Marsha Burn's mail list – and God's […]

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Five Good Things, Maybe Six By: Susan Schiller In the aftermath of marriage with a sociopath, I have often felt like a piece of machinery that was fashioned and designed to do good works but who was left behind in the middle of an empty field. Forgotten. Rejected. Unwanted. Broken. Thanksgiving changes that negative feeling, every […]

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Mission Impossible By: Susan Deborah Schiller Sharing a condensed version of a chapter in my memoir… My husband and I were only 40-some years old when life as we had known it ground to a sudden halt. We both lost our jobs and moved to the wilderness following a severe spinal injury. After two years […]

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A Flood of Tiny Voices By: Susan Deborah Schiller – The Daily Practice The Daily Practice: To discover beauty and truth within the mystery of an ordinary day and to craft the experience in words. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * […]

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I climbed into my watchtower … By: Susan Deborah Schiller From the "Daily Practice" – contemplative photography and prayer I take with me all of you who have suffered the horrors of sociopathic abuse. For you who know what it is to be terrorized in the dark while your friends walk in the light – to be […]

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The Great Adventure: White Water Living By: Susan Deborah Schiller In the series, "This Peaceful Place" I call this a "Daily Practice" – of contemplative prayer through photography. The Great Adventure is like a river, with many bends and twists. It is a white waters rapids kind of ride. Back in 1999. I had a series of […]

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Awful Quiet at Devil's Tower By: Susan Deborah Schiller In the series, "The Daily Practice" of Discovering Beauty in the World In discovering beauty we soak in the presence of our Creator. Beauty changes us – the very cells of our body are renewed and our souls are refreshed. At the top of the ridge I caught sight of […]

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The Daily Practice….         Beauty May Save the World By: Susan Deborah Schiller From the "Daily Practice" of encountering beauty in ordinary things. I woke up one morning with the thought that God wanted to surprise me with the joy of one single dandelion blossoming in the grass. So I grabbed my camera and got […]

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