Open heartedely. I find closing my eyes provides a space to listen more fully.
To great each moment with unconditionally loving open arms. To delight in each step I am granted with an open heart for this world, all beings big and small, and the vastness of nature. Be the love and change I wish to see in the world and embrace the qualities I seek in others <3
The gift of touch – textures, feeling the rise and fall of my chest, slick keyboard keys, rubbing my hands on dog bellies, warm feet planted (big toes crossed over one another) touching my sheet, heaviness of blankets resting on my knees, head cradled by pillows, heating pad touching and warming my spine. Gift of comfort and love.
Giving, nature, my dogs, architecture, beauty, love, gratitude, quiet, hula hooping, dancing, yoga, my hand over my heart and sending myself love when I feel stuck, sunsets, sunrises, music, feet dancing in the ocean waves, stillness on the lake, watching birds, planes getting ready to land and it feels like they are skimming the top of my head, old metal playgrounds, sparklers, seeing people in love, touch, hugs, smiles, laughter, ice cream on a hot day, play, small ones, helping, kindness, compassion, generosity, warm baths, gardening, saying hello to strangers, culture, food, travel, experiences, rest, snowflakes and letting them fall on my face, my hand out the window when driving on the freeway making wavelike movements, black and white tap dance movies, adventure, reading, painting, making things with my hands, fort building, cooking, baking artisan bread, sledding down a hill out of control squealing with laughter, that moment you share with someone you know or a stranger – of what you too? – connectedness. Unconditional love <3
The Dalai Llama is the first person that sparked my response when reading this question. Compassion, kindness, unconditional love, respect, curiosity, silliness, playful, forgiving, courage, honesty, and I feel the Dalai Llama has a bit of mischievousness in him. A little bit of mischievousness is good for the heart <3
Animals, our environment, where food comes from, farm to table movement, sustainability, human compassion and kindness, in-tune with nature farming practices, our seas, astronomy, dogs, recycling, volunteering, quality, photography, painting, hula hooping, dancing, music, the piano, crafts and making things with my hands, heart shapes, reading, learning, evolution, the outdoors, dilly dallying, trees, foraging, bird songs, hugs, archeology, smiles, simplicity, history, architecture, and love.
By being kind and loving in my thoughts, my words, and my interactions with others today and myself. Today, I light a candle for goodness, equality, compassion, equanimity, unconditional love, trust, ease, and peace.
Learning my worth and honoring my deep well of love.
Kindness, love, respect, gratefulness, honesty, integrity, courage, compassion – all of these towards everything on, within, and above this beautiful planet where I get to live.
Let them speak first, let them let go of the hug first, remembering things that are important to them, doing kind things or little surprises (such as finding a heart rock on a hike or geode crystals and dropping them by, little cards, free babysitting, remembering a big day such as an interview or dance and sending well wishes), laughing with them, being their voice when they feel like they don’t have one, holding loving space for sorrow or anger, bright eyes, big smiles, being grateful. Being present with each person in my life. I believe my friends would say caring about me – this has been my grieving journey, learning how to care for me.
The great fullness of life I believe wants contributions of love, kindness, compassion, laughter, silliness, creative expression, mischief, self-lessness, curiosity, appreciation, respect, and connection. These are contributions I can continue to give whole heartedly throughout each moment.
With a mighty squeeze of unconditional love <3
Nice to hear from you Ben! Frances sounds lovely!
Hope your morning practices are going well and sweet to hear you taking care of yourself!!
Such an uplifting and honest post Kevin – thank you!! Light always finds a way into the darkness <3
Lovely Ben! I too am packed and ready to move to this place! Thank you so much for sharing these heartfelt words of yours Ben <3
So happy to hear LJ your adventure across the continent landed you to your final destination! Lots of love <3
I listened to a podcast by Tara Brach and she talked about this relationship between father and son and father had a hard time connecting. So he got a cellphone as a means to communicate with his son through texting. His son showed him everything. Father was so proud he didn’t have to ask what LOL was – he knew this one of course – Lots of Love. So every time he texted someone back he added LOL at the end. He added at the end of the text to his sister who was going through a divorce saying “everyone is behind you, LOL.” To his boss, etc. It was quite a lovely talk!
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