… and remember how as a child your arms could rise and your palms turn out to bless the world. (Tobar Phadraic, David Whyte)
Trees, rivers/lakes/oceans, birds, puppies, children enjoying life, good music, a recipe that actually turns out, fresh air, the changing of the seasons, being with my family, and so much more.
The honeybees put honey in my heart, as they work hard to survive, along with all the little creatures who (thanks to human/chemical intervention) struggle to keep up their part the circle of life.
I am grateful for a 60 degree February day here in the upper Midwest (U.S.). The park was busy with walkers and runners, and various wheeled vehicles, and the pups were in their element. Joyful. I am grateful for grilled cheese and tomato on sourdough bread and gluten free pretzels. I am grateful that I cried out my funk long enough this morning to allow the lightness of the day into my heart. Thanks for being here!
This hurting, hurting world needs my compassion. And I am invited to live out that compassion one choice at a time. I can” start close in” (words from David Whyte’s poem), with myself, my neighbors, Mother Earth, living this day fully and consciously. May it be so!
For me, I’d say this is about present moment awareness. Paying attention to my part in difficulties, and for the sake of my heart and my psyche, also paying attention to my part in the good, the productive, the joyful. At the end of a day, a good question for me would be “how have I chosen to live life this day?” Bless this day, and then move forward to tomorrow with hope and attention, and without beating myself up over today.
In the movie (and maybe the book) “The Help,” the black maid who is basically raising a little girl who is ignored by her mother, teaches her to always tell herself “you is kind, you is smart, you is important.” This is my mantra on a day that I am struggling on various levels.
Positive affirmations seem well deserved, Aine, and a really good way to encourage yourself along this path. “Emotional compost” … a great analogy. Thanks for sharing!
Be well, Deborah, and enjoy your new adventure!
So beautiful, wise, and deeply true. Wisdom comes to us in many ways, and for me, also, physical pain is a major messenger. It almost seems to plead with us to ask for its message/s and to honor our truth. It took me a long time to understand this. Thank you, Aine.
Thank you for this great idea, Aine! I will find out how this works in my area, where there is such a shelter. I agree with you, that pets find their person/s. Have a great day!
I think of these people, also, and hope they are well, offering prayer.
Lovely, Azu. Rain in the forest – that is something beautiful that I have also experienced. Thank you for your sharings of gratitude.
You are so, so brave, Cintia. Reading your response last night, I, too was speechless at the way you are working through this. I would probably put on my headphones and pretend the rabble rousers weren’t even in the room. Take care of you, and thank you for the flowers 🙂
Thank you, Mary, for your support and many good ideas! Having retired from ministry, a good portion of which was spent in retreat work, I am staying away from those areas. Frankly, it became so rote that the language doesn’t reach me anymore. I am giving that space to happen on its own. I do love to garden and have an appointment with a hand specialist soon to see if anything can be done to get my hand back in working order. I had so many day lilies before I moved here!, but not much space now. But plants on the deck in summer help. I have thought much about a dog, and have not ruled this out. I wonder if I am up to the care, the winter walks, etc., but know from others also the joy. My family have cat allergies, so kitties are out. I like your art idea, also, and if I can get my thumb working, may play with some watercolors. Everything does take time, you are so right, and patience and kindness toward myself, and always others, is really key. Thank you for your support and kindness, Mary. Be well.
Thank you, Manda. Maybe I need to order a banner for my house that says “cry out the funk” to remind me that it can be better than some other choices. You are always an inspiration to me. You seem able to see more than one side of some of your challenges, which is a wonderful perspective. Thanks for being here!
Mary, thank you for all of what you wrote. I do that, too, think of something I could do, or even at some level want to do, and then find ways not to do it. Maybe not show up for myself? Retirement is kind of hard, as it is easy to feel forgotten or lonely (I live alone). If the weather is comfortable, I’m more willing to go somewhere, but I can also run out of places to go. What you are saying about your family relationships must be so hard. That took a lot from you on every level. And working more than is best for you is hard, too. Part of why I decided to retire when I did (just this year) is that the schedule was not conducive to what shows up in my body (fibromyalgia and colitis, and trouble sleeping), and because I could decide to go, I did that. But not everyone can make that choice, and I feel lucky. I’ve never regretted it (which kind of surprises me). I did cry it out, which is better than my anger reactions which I can take out on myself. I’m glad yesterday was good that way, and I could move forward. May you be well, Mary, and find your way in your struggles, with support and kindness. Be kind to you., even if that means telling others you are unavailable – no further explanations need be given. You deserve it. We all support you. Namaste.
Beautiful and inspiring, Ellen Mary! This brightened my morning. Thank you!
Thank you for pointing this out, Ursula. You are so right about the ways this question might be a struggle.
Thank you for this awareness of the way in which this question could be a struggle for women, or others who identify in various ways. It is not a question I could answer, even as I honor the person I am, and am becoming as my life continues to change and is filled with more questions than answers. And I agree with your take on the practice in some schools – it can be quite isolating and difficult for many. Your wisdom is always appreciated.
You make a lot of sense, Manda, as to how we can suddenly come to realize that something which seemed good for us suddenly does not. I am glad you get to come home to a house full of doggie love!
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