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Linda Noble Topf
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An MS patient since 1981 and an advocate for disability rights, Linda Noble Topf has been an ordained minister since 1984, a spiritual and wellness coach, professional speaker, design and marketing entrepreneur, wife of 34 years, and a published author. She is dedicated to assisting others in seeing that chronic illness, debilitating injury, or any kind of adversity in any stage of life, can be viewed as a spiritual awakening, and an opportunity for personal growth.

Linda has lived with illness for over 30 years, but her intrinsic inner health has taught her that dealing with illness means more than getting rid of it. Linda has a natural inclination toward growth; so rather than forcing transformation to happen because of her physical challenges, she created ideal conditions for natural transformation to thrive. She identified key qualities she could focus on and strengthen/cultivate within herself, and used these core strengths to bring forth for herself a new transformational, creative experience of self-expression.

Linda Noble Topf is the author of You Are Not your Illness: Seven Principles for Meeting the Challenge, which shows that illness, injury, or disability can not only physically alter the course of your life, but can also cause great emotional upheaval and loss of self-worth. In this remarkable and uplifting book, Linda delves deeply into her own experience to share with readers the keys to regaining emotional and spiritual wholeness. Linda believes that real healing has nothing to do with the state of the physical body, and she offers a compassionate and inspirational message—along with support, skills, and encouragement—to those who want to embrace the challenge of living successfully with illness. It is her intention to leave people transformed with more power, freedom, self expression, and peace of mind.

Linda’s second book, Wheelchair Wisdom: Awaken Your Spirit through Adversity, shatters widespread notions of what it’s like to spend life in a wheelchair which addresses the unique circumstances of the millions of people in wheelchairs. She wants to convey the message that lies at the heart of her convictions—that people are more than their wheelchairs, more than their disabled bodies. Wheelchair Wisdom bears testimony to what Linda has learned and experienced—that each of us, regardless of circumstances, can move through life with freedom in a creative and joyful way.

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Entries by Linda Noble Topf

Wheelchair Wisdom: Metamorphosis -- Butterflies Earn Their Wings Through Great Effort

(0) Comments | Posted March 25, 2015 | 5:09 PM

Let it go, let it go
Can't hold it back anymore...

It's funny how some distance
Makes everything seem small
And the fears that once controlled me
Can't get to me at all

It's time to see what I can do
To test the limits...

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Wheelchair Wisdom: Self-Forgiveness Is an Inner Process

(0) Comments | Posted February 4, 2015 | 5:27 PM

"You don't get forgiveness until you forget what is blocking you." -- John-Roger

When we start to wonder, "Who am I?" it's time to turn to the silence within. In that silence, we listen. Whenever you feel that you are out of touch with your loving, simply move into the...

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Wheelchair Wisdom: The Need to Give

(0) Comments | Posted January 8, 2015 | 2:10 PM


"All you have shall someday be given;
Therefore, give now,
that the season of giving may be yours."

- Kahlil Gibran


Welcome to our new readers. As we enter a new year, I try to keep...

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Inhale Love; Exhale Gratitude

(0) Comments | Posted November 25, 2014 | 3:44 PM

"It is through gratitude for the present moment that
the spiritual dimension of life opens up."
-Eckhart Tolle

Another step that awakens your spirit through adversity is gratitude.

The word "gratitude" comes from the root word gratus(Latin), which means pleasing. One interpretation of gratitude might be...

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Wheelchair Wisdom: Guideposts to Mastery

(0) Comments | Posted September 25, 2014 | 4:45 PM

Attachment is the great fabricator of illusions;
reality can be attained only by someone who is detached.


Simone Weil

As I wrote here last month, our first reactions to new situations are predominantly projections of our perceptions and beliefs. But then, as we live day...

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Wheelchair Wisdom: A Short Course on Perception and Projection

(0) Comments | Posted August 14, 2014 | 3:35 PM

"In any given moment we have two options:
to step forward into growth or
step back into safety." -- Abraham Maslow


Like any prejudice, our perceptions about what it means to be physically challenged are filled with beliefs and interpretations that begin in our own minds....

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Wheelchair Wisdom: The Perfection of Imperfection

(0) Comments | Posted July 24, 2014 | 12:20 PM

We delight in the beauty of the butterfly,
but rarely admit the changes it has gone through
to achieve that beauty.

-- Maya Angelou


As we begin to attune to our inner world, our emotions subside, our mind becomes quieter,...

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Wheelchair Wisdom: Living the Fearless Life

(0) Comments | Posted June 26, 2014 | 12:43 PM

What concerns me is not the way things are, but rather the way people think things are. -- Epictetus

Here's another example of transformation: I have more difficulty with my hands in the hot, humid Philadelphia summer. My right hand is much less mobile than it used to be. I...

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Wheelchair Wisdom: Everything You Need is Already Inside You

(0) Comments | Posted May 22, 2014 | 7:13 PM

There is no good in arguing with the inevitable.
The only argument available with an east wind
is to put on your overcoat.

--James Russell Lowell

With acceptance comes a new perspective. What matters is not what we were, what we lost, or what might happen in...

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Wheelchair Wisdom: Do Your Mourning Now

(0) Comments | Posted May 7, 2014 | 5:31 PM

"Yesterday's just a memory, tomorrow is never what it's supposed to be." -- Bob Dylan

The fear, depression, anxiety, and guilt you may feel are all products of your inner perception about the way you think life ought to have turned out for you. Keep in mind that as long...

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Wheelchair Wisdom: Keep Stillness Inside of You

(0) Comments | Posted April 4, 2014 | 1:46 PM

In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you. -- Deepak Chopra


Calm and stillness is the sacred space within us. Once we are in touch with it, we become very relaxed and peaceful, yet dynamically aware. The more we inhabit this space, the less...

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Wheelchair Wisdom: Stop the Busyness and Smell the Roses

(0) Comments | Posted March 12, 2014 | 11:44 AM

"When you ask creative people how they did something,
They feel a little guilty because they didn't really do it; they just saw something.
It seemed obvious to them after a while.
That's because they were able to connect experiences they've had
...

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Loving Yourself Well

(0) Comments | Posted February 4, 2014 | 3:56 PM

I'm Starting With The Man In


The Mirror

I'm Asking Him To Change

His Ways

And No Message Could Have

Been Any Clearer

If You Wanna Make The World

A Better Place

Take A Look At Yourself,

And Then Make A Change

-- Michael Jackson

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Wheelchair Wisdom: The Power of Limits

(0) Comments | Posted January 23, 2014 | 4:33 PM

Discovery consists of looking at the same thing as everyone else and thinking something different. -- Albert Szent-Gyorgyi, 1893-1996, Nobel prize winner

It has always fascinated me that creativity and positive thinking are often born out of limitation. When there is adversity, it seems, we humans have all the greater...

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Wheelchair Wisdom: Forgotten Is Forgiven

(0) Comments | Posted January 2, 2014 | 11:08 AM

"The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong." -- Mahatma Gandhi

Forgiveness. That's the gift I'm giving myself this year, and the gift you might want to give to yourself, too. Why? Because forgiveness, especially self-forgiveness, laced with compassion, can transform any situation and move you...

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Wheelchair Wisdom: All I've Got Is Yours

(0) Comments | Posted November 19, 2013 | 9:54 AM

At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us. -- Albert Schweitzer

Gratitude is an emotion of connectedness, which reminds us...

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Wheelchair Wisdom: Learning to Let Go

(0) Comments | Posted October 24, 2013 | 4:27 PM

Some of us think holding on makes us strong, but sometimes it is letting go. -- Hermann Hesse

Mourning is letting go. But letting go of what? You'll recall a previous blog where I spoke of the role perception plays in our lives, and that we can literally be imprisoned...

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Wheelchair Wisdom: A Vision of Freedom

(2) Comments | Posted September 27, 2013 | 9:12 AM

"Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms -- to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way." -- Viktor E. Frankl, Man's Search for Meaning

What all of us really desire, I believe, is freedom....

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Wheelchair Wisdom: Follow the Flow of Loving

(3) Comments | Posted August 23, 2013 | 5:25 PM

Do not worry about whether or not the sun will rise. Be prepared to enjoy it. -- Anonymous

When our attitude is cooperative, we tend to think, "What else can I do that will assist others even more?" For example, when my husband, Michael, asks me if I want...

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Wheelchair Wisdom: You Open the Door Through Gratitude

(7) Comments | Posted July 29, 2013 | 6:48 PM

The smile on my face doesn't mean my life is perfect. It means I appreciate what I have and what God has blessed me with. -- Rumi

I have some difficulty with my hands in the summertime. My right hand is much less mobile than it used to be....

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