Georgette the Grinch works in my neighborhood’s organic food store.
Each time I arrive, I nod to her at the cash register and utter a cheerful Bonjour!, per the local customs.
Georgette scowls at me. Her stern eyes peer over her maroon plastic frames. A faint “bonjour” escapes from her pursed lips.
Week after week, I give myself a pep talk: Stay calm. It’s a good way to practice patience. Whatever you do, don’t punch Georgette in the face.
I keep uttering cheerful bonjours. She keeps scowling.
Then one day, I walked into the store and heard a jolly Bonjour! It was Georgette, who was smiling shyly at me. I returned the greeting and grinned.
The entire situation intrigued me. If small acts of kindness could inspire Georgette, what if we extended kindness to everyone we met?
Why the world needs more compassion
It’s no surprise we live in a fear-based society that overvalues profits, productivity and perfection.
What’s more, current global issues may leave us feeling hopeless and unsafe.
Can we really make a difference?
Rallying for positive change plays an important role. But much of the pain we experience come from things we can’t control like illness, natural disasters or other hardships.
Ultimately, we can only control our reactions to life.
Everyone has challenges, but we don’t have to suffer. We can learn how to embrace our emotions, instead of getting swept up in them. Misery teaches us how to be more resilient and compassionate.
It’s not easy though. Past hurts leave deep scars that damage our self-worth and wreak havoc in our work, health and relationships.
If you’re like me, you’re aware of the ego’s limits and your divine self. You know what’s possible as an awakening soul.
Instead of adding to the collective shadow, let’s transform our pain into compassion. Then, when we go out into the world, let’s offer that compassion to others.
Our presence would elevate loved ones and strangers alike.
“We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.” ―14th Dalai Lama
I invite you to embark on the journey to make peace with yourself. Because our greatest gift to ourselves and the world is finding inner peace.
Despite the chaos in the world, I refuse to believe we’re doomed.
We can honor fear and choose love instead—in every moment.
Who is Hush Your Mind for?
I created Hush Your Mind for awakening souls who feel deeply unsatisfied with their life and want to find inner peace, joy and love.
Many of us grew up tying our self-worth to external factors like appearance, achievements, money, status and relationships. But these things only offer fleeting happiness.
Lasting peace and joy come from within.
When we let go of limiting beliefs and old stories, we can finally embrace who we truly are. It’s easier to listen to our intuition, the small inner voice that guides us effortlessly through life.
We may not know our life purpose yet. But that’s okay. We can sit back and enjoy the ride, trusting the sublime process.
Our spiritual awakening takes us on the most extraordinary journey inward. Indeed, we must embrace uncertainty and surrender to our worst fears to experience freedom.
Here’s to you, courageous one!
Who am I?
Hi, I’m Annie Moussu.
I was born and raised in southern California. As a child of Vietnamese immigrants, I struggled to reconcile my two cultures and appease my overcritical father.
I learned to stuff down my emotions and follow directions. Avoiding rejection at all costs made life more tolerable. But I practically lost my identity.
After graduating from college, I escaped to teach English in France and married my twin flame, Loïc. Oh la la!
But my husband and I grappled with codependency, my job sucked and living abroad wasn’t easy. As Ernest Hemingway wrote, You can’t get away from yourself by moving from one place to another.
Reality crashed down. Repressed emotions boiled up. Violent disputes, depression and addictions brought me to my knees. Eventually, I burned out.
For the next decade, I devoted myself to restoring my health and soul-searching. Loïc and I learned how to overcome our worst fears and love courageously. Slowly but surely, I made peace with myself.
Of course, enlightenment is a continuum. We don’t become superhuman beings even after many wake-up calls.
We’re all on a lifelong journey.
But I’ve built an unshakable strength and belief in myself. I’m able to make the best of hard times.
The most splendid part?
I know who I am, though I’m constantly evolving. No matter what, I can look up to my North Star.
That’s power. I live the life I desire.
Peace. I’m proud to be who I am.
Joy. No one can take it away.
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma—which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most importantly, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.” —Steve Jobs
7 fun facts about me
- When I was little, I wanted to be an artist. I love to write poems and make collages.
- I began meditating at 5 years old. My Buddhist mother made me.
- I learned how to heal with energy by experimenting on my guinea pig. Aka husband.
- I barely have any furniture. Less is more!
- My perfect summer: swimming in the Loire River, napping under a tree, stargazing.
- I’m a hopeless foodie. I love mom-and-pop and gastronomic restaurants alike.
- Nature revitalizes me. I may have been an oak in another life.
What can you expect from me?
When you sign up for my newsletter, you’ll receive a new blog article every other Thursday. Some blog articles have a freebie (no email sign-up required).
Count on practical information, gleaned from my personal experiences. I approach spirituality with a down-to-earth perspective.
My main goals are to be a rich resource and heart-centered spiritual coach. Compassion, simplicity and integrity drive my content.
This vocation is my way of contributing to a more peaceful world.
Check out my spiritual coaching services if you want me to personally guide you toward inner peace, love and joy.
How can you get involved?
Questions? Suggestions? Or want to say hello? Email me at annie [at] hushyourmind.com or via this contact form.
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About the author
Annie Moussu is a spiritual coach offering practical wisdom to awakening souls. The world needs your inner peace. Sign up for her newsletter to get blog articles twice a month.