Be Brave.

Via Bryonie Wise
on Dec 19, 2012
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“A kind of light spread out from her. And everything changed color. And the world opened out. And a day was good to awaken to. And there were no limits to anything. And the people of the world were good and handsome. And I was not afraid any more.”

~ John Steinbeck, East of Eden


Be brave in your goodbyes and let the tears fall where they may; invite them to be big and juicy and sprinkle them near and far.

Be brave in your truth and know that in telling it, you will be freed to be you (the real you, the one you’ve met in your dreams).

Be brave and know that being scared is okay and it doesn’t make you weak…in fact, being brave and being scared is the very same thing and it makes you as strong as the sea.

Be brave enough to show your face, to take off your mask, to admit when you are wrong and to look each person you greet in the eye (including yourself).

Be brave and know that that earth will hold you and the stars will love you and the moon and the sun will always shine from your heart.

Be brave and know that you are deserving of a love that’s as big as the universe and that you have a right to be happy, if you so choose.

Be brave and know that when you empty your closets of the skeletons you hid away so carefully, that for awhile it will feel like your world is unraveling (and know, please know, that although this might feel like the end, it’s the very beginning.)

Be brave and know that despite of the sorrow, the endless pit of despair, joy will slowly start to seep in and make a home right there, in that very same place.

Be brave and be human and be kind and be strong.

And most of all…be you.





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About Bryonie Wise

Bryonie’s life is rooted in the belief that when we come from a place of love, anything is possible. When not teaching yoga or writing her heart to the bone, she can be found frolicking in the sunshine with her camera & her dog, Winston, living her yoga. Stay in the loop of all her magical happenings, connect with her on Facebook, TwitterInstagram—& maybe even add her first book, HEART ROAR: A Book of Tiny Prayers to your collection.


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  8. slsimms says:

    This abso-effing-lutely rocks! And it was just what I needed :0)

  9. Tara says:

    Thank you Bryonie….so much x

  10. elephantjournal says:

    My pleasure xoxox

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  12. Alex Sandra Myles says:

    So cute, I absolutely love this and will print and read regularly! Thank you. I need to be braver 🙂 xxx

  13. Mindy says:

    Thank you! This is wonderful. I’m really enjoying everything you share on Facebook. There’s just one typo in this one in the first paragraph. “…let the tears fall wear…”. Should be where not wear.

  14. elephantjournal says:

    Yikes! Thanks so much for the catch! xo

  15. Kat says:

    Hi, who wrote this? Bryonie? Or someone else? Sorry for not knowing. I want to print it but want to be able to credit the author. 🙂

  16. Tanja says:

    Thank you so much for this _ I've been sharing parts of it with my students in my yoga classes this week, and on FaceBook (credited Bryonie – hope that's correct!), and it has really resonated deeply with everyone including me 🙂