Keep learning, practicing, modelling gratefulness and doing the intentional, ‘heavy lifting’ myself. Learning with/ from and following the lead of Pilgrim and many, many others on the path. Being humble, curious, creative and aware of ego. Ditching pride. Perhaps by irreverence, cheekiness, humour and telling the truth slant. I think this is a huge work in progress for many of us…
I keep practicing to show up in the world as calm, patient, kind, open, generous, accepting, understanding, forgiving… As I learn greater compassion and acceptance of self, I have more to give to others. I hope that my quiet, peaceful and authentic presence is a positive one for others. I am grateful to Susan Cain, David Whyte and many others who teach and model that couerage does not always roar…
In the morning, sitting in my chair with feet up and fresh coffee in hand – reading, writing , meditating. In the evening, having dinner with my husband and reflecting on the day. Also yoga or a walk in nature, catching up with family or friends, wherever it fits in the day.
As I learn to connect with spirit with awareness, clear intention, gentleness and kindness, so I am more able to care for the people and world around in simple and meaningful ways. Slowing down, breathing deeply, pausing, connecting, moving …
I appreciate so many wise reflections. With Patjos
and Amor Fati’s caution and higher or awakened consciousness, I would add patience, openness and courage.
Also to start small, ideally within and extending out from relationships, communities activities I am already a part of, as Kevin suggests.
Home baked cookies fresh out of the oven, and the more subtle smell of the gooey dough in the bowl and on my fingers. My mom made many batches of small cookies with great love!
Dogs. For their unconditional presence and love and their ability to live in the now, in a simple, full bodied, uncomplicated way. They bring joy and happiness!
Envy offers a mirror and opportunity to reflect on my own values, interests, needs and priorities, to be honest with myself and my truth, and to adjust and commit where/ as appropriate, necessary and of course possible.
It is also yet another invitation for self-kindness, compassion, humility, acceptance and gratefulness for my own circumstances and gifts.
Also an invitation to humour, lightness, letting go, embracing, celebrating and enjoying life, and rolling with what i...
Also an invitation to humour, lightness, letting go, embracing, celebrating and enjoying life, and rolling with what is! Perhaps a mantra is helpful – That’s how it is to right now…
(And yes, I would have dearly loved a summer vacation in the Swiss Alps! Maybe next year, or the year after that …)
Start with a brief formal sit, and pause through the day.
Keep showing up and practicing being present to whatever is in the moment, with kindness, focus and whatever calm, peaceful, connectedness I can muster.
Practice lovingkindness and compassion.
Anchor with the breath or whatever fits – inside or outside the body.
Keep returning to the breath, hands, body, thoughts, feelings, sounds … one breath… one step… one …
I am with you Kevin. Being by or on the ocean is so calming and humbling for me as well…
Prayers for you and all in Mexico. May you all be held in light and love.
Thanks Aine. Beautiful!
Thank you Julie. I find this challenging and hopeful. Will read that next chapter of Pema’s book. Too bad awakening energy can feel so darn painful and confusing! Blessings, KC
I would love that Anna. Thanks!
Carol, Thank you for the quote – ‘ you have to be free to free others’. Such a helpful and affirming quote, and perhaps something to aspire to! Warmly, KC
Hi Anna, Too wonderful! I would love to hear more about your time in the Swiss Alps over Christmas! And of course I am happy to share stories and images of the Northwest Coast of North America. There is so much beauty everywhere, and right where we are! Warmly, KC
Thanks Christina! Funny. The 8 minutes is totally manageable. Will get to the NPR show in good time and look forward to it. Hope your practice is supporting a good week so far! 😊 …
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