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Ahsley Davis Bush's Inspirational Story

by Ashley Davis Bush

Ashley David Bush's inspirational story is all about how she sees her life, the rough and the smooth, as all contributing to her growth as a human being, as a 'spark of divinity'. Ashley is a psychotherapist and author of the book, Shortcuts to Inner Peace: 70 Simple Paths to Everyday Serenity...

Tell us a bit about yourself:
I am a writer and a psychotherapist as well as a mom and a wife. I love the roles I play and yet, I'm aware that my true essence lies beneath my roles. I once heard a great speaker point out that we are NOT what we do, we are NOT what we own, and we are NOT what people say about us (either positive or negative). We are so much more than those things. At my core, I am aware of being a spark of divinity, pure spacious awareness. I am committed to a practice of daily pauses (I call them 'shortcuts to inner peace') to help me connect to that core.

I consider every circumstance in my life as being a powerful teacher. Getting through a divorce, remarrying, blending a family - each so called 'challenge' in my life in the past few years has been a gateway for my own growth. Books that have made a difference, in particular, are Eckhart Tolle's A New Earth and Byron Katie's Loving What Is. I hope in the next 5 years that I will deepen my ability to live with grace and equanimity no matter what my circumstances.

Tell us about the joy that is in your life right now:
I have an abundance of joys in my life: my marriage to my incredible husband, my children, waking up in the morning and looking at sunlight on white birches, writing, making a difference in other lives, my cats, drinking hot tea, singing, and on and on.

And yet, I'm also aware that I cannot depend on these things to determine my happiness. Ultimately, the source of my happiness lies within me and my ability to choose gratitude over sorrow, self-love over self-loathing, and acceptance over resistance. Every single day I am given the opportunity to consider these choices.

Share with us a favourite inspirational life quote:
"There are two ways to live your life: one is as though nothing is a miracle, the other is as though everything is a miracle."
-- Albert Einsten

I am moved by this quote because I know that it's easy to get wrapped up in the stress and struggle of living and thus miss the miracle of being alive. However, living with awareness of the miracle of life makes everyday feel extraordinary.

Share a favourite website with us:
www.mindfulhub.com -- I love this website as well as their monthly newsletter. It is full of great information about how to live more mindfully.

Tell us about your blog/website:
I'd like to tell you about my Facebook page called "Transcending Loss". I started this page over a year ago as a way to interact with grievers and offer hope and inspiration. Over the past year, I have been blown away by the depth of feeling and the open, honest sharing of those on the site. It is an incredible honor to make a difference to people in their most vulnerable moments. The work feels like a sacred ministry and is deeply touching in a way that gives my own life meaning.

Ashley David Bush, L.C.S.W.

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Nov 15, 2011
Thank you
by: Sandy

I checked out your page on facebook. Thank you Ashley for setting up such a page. I think your page can help many people. I will share it with people I know who hang out at facebook. I'm shocked to see such substantive feedback on a facebook page. We've all heard about relationships and families destroyed by facebook; so your facebook page restores my hope for the positive side of social media. Wishing you much success with it.

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