Be good to others. Be good to myself. Harmonize it. Be kind. Any time I kiss the ground with my feet, it tends the tenderness towards the world and within me. Thich Nhat Hanh`s recommendation is such a beautiful, healing way and exercise to cultivating pure tenderness.
When someone is honest enough and able to let go of pressing something or someone by hook or crook into a form that never was true out of it´s own flow. When someone is able to see that this procedure is (close to) abuse and could possibly hit back to it´s source. It really leaves me in awe when these laws are fully respected.
So many beautiful values mentioned already here. Today I came across again that I value honesty. To be honest myself and possibly encourage others in being honest even in considered “small” things builds up and is basis of trust in each other in all social interaction. To be honest about things and feelings as well, even if may be not convenient. For me it is difficult to say “no”, so learning to find a way to express what feels true to me in a kind and honest way is work in progress.
Any time when kind and natural free flow of input of engaged and warmhearted people may come together, melting to something “more” due to the collective inspiration manifesting itself. Like in an orchestra, playing and sometimes being able to play beyond notes into the hearts of the perceptive audience. When both the orchestra and the audience are part of the process that opens to these numinous spheres of utter beauty that are both created and heard with the heart.
Beautifully expressed cosmic view and bringing it down to earth, thank you!
Pausing offers the chance to set intentions and reactions anew. To realize if and how you want or should react. Giving yourself time to listen to the given signals and what they convey, or sometimes which automatic answers they might trigger in yourself. This clears the relationships and what is adequate in the given moment.
If love is there, this is opening up even more beautifully through pausing, it intensifies it, a tender nourishing smile might appear on our the faces or a broad one radiating to the beloved and we feel nourished and loved even more. It is a huge gift and so heartwarming.
But pausing can as well show me if there is a subcutaneous demand, how I should react, what I should say, what I should do, and if I don´t then… Pausing in this case gives the chance to reflect and eventually set new sails to reply in a constructive way but standing up for own values and feelings. Still being openhearted, kind and helpful if required, but clear in my hearts truth. It is so very helpful to learn this when you come from an abusive family background like in my case, and to clear this through questions like this one today is a huge gift as well. Thank you so much, you Gratefulness- team.
Everything. Music. Art. Integrating difficult experiences. To love and being loved. Kindness. Listening to the needs of others and react to that if required and possible. Being with friends and loved ones, singing, laughing. Writing. The soft breeze, the singing birds when opening the window in the morning. Nature in its overwhelming beauty and its countless expressions and colors of the universal light.
Without censorship, as this beautiful question stays with me all day now, I would like to add now:
each one would have a huge place in my heart. I would wish all the best for each living being. Because to me each one is the best what could be on earth I would take care and protect each of my precious fellow people when needed. They all would be the most beloved ones for me in the world. And I would do everything to make them feel well, so that each one could lead a peaceful and joyful life.
I tried it today, to encounter everyone assuming the best. It was astonishing to realize how often I do not assume the best.
In changing my approach, unexpectedly I came to talk with two women about Jesus, God and the bible. Usually I would just have avoided being caught on the street for such things. I realized how bold they were just trying to come into contact with people and and me being the skeptical one. We had an interesting conversation, which would not have been without this tempting question of the day. And much more people than usual just said hello when passing by.
So I assume to let go of per se mistrust is opening something in me and the other and I will try to take this inner position consciously more often. It will be tempting, as I know I easily feel a fear of running into an open knife, and I know this can be true. But I know as well that this is comparably rare, much more rare than what my fixed negative imprints suggest to my mind. So thank you again for this question. It feels absolutely positive to do so. I am curious what changes in the long run.
If I sense anger inside myself, I ask myself what it might be that is covered with this anger. Letting go of it gives way for sensing possible other feelings underneath, sadness or forsaken feelings for example.
In letting go of anger, the chance arises to face any hurt feelings or forsaken feelings which might have been covered by anger.
Letting go of anger helps open up and learning to find strength to just observe these covered feelings with love and compassion and so be able to find back to loving kindness towards oneself and others, and to peace, which then is a huge contribution as well to the peace desperately needed in our world. A beautiful question. Thank you!
I guess each of us always and in any moment has the opportunities and is free to go for it- to be with one another, to be kind and be loving, to be there for each other, to be free, to be what we are as human beings, embracing all what is presented any moment. May we all stay open for love.
I am very grateful for all the questions which have been posted here.
Any question widening our perspective- helping to become more aware of possible ideals or visions for serving and supporting a shared, just world where each one feels secure, nourished, held in loving kindness and free.
The questions touching emotions – to relate life to joy and happiness and let go of negative fixations
The ones inspiring change – helping to changing attitudes and/ or viewpoints
All with the intention to live gratefully and openhearted.
Sometimes just reading the reflections of yours here, sometimes answering, both of enormous help and feeling deeply grateful to be able to take part in this process, both ways, receiving and giving.
May I join you in this beautiful posts of yours, Kevin and Antoinette. For the moment being, nothing more comes to mind than to let the sun shine on me to the inside and out to my fellow people. Offering a smile, kind words, support, be engaged with all my heart in what I do whatever I do. Have a good day everyone out there!
When I hear birds singing again in the morning after a long cold winter, inviting everyone to join their happiness to be part of all beauty in nature and to celebrate springtime.
When I suddenly realized that happiness is a natural state of being and not an exceptional trophy to be earned after endless suffering, that it is here and now and all around.
When I am allowed to witnessing healing as a fruit of honest effort of everyone involved in this process and divine grace. Then this beaming smile is on all the faces and it makes everyone feel deeply happy.
any suffering being, the earth, the plants, the animals, the air, the water… and I can show it through taking care and being protective and preserving life and the beauty in every way I am able to, being careful with each person, each step I take, doing things with loving kindness, humble and openhearted so that every thing and living being within my reach might feel eased. May the sun which shines today and every day radiate into the last corner and change darkness into light. Wishing a beautiful sunny day for you all out there!
Strong winds recently had nearly taken my breath and I was desperate to find my way through the agonizing storm. I was so afraid.Something is happening right now, I feel the fear leaving me. No fear, no despair, and it brings me to my knees, completely unexpected, undeserved and with a heart full of full of full of gratefulness. I feel grace. How can this happen? My goodness. May it overflow and give hope to the ones who need hope and warmth and love to the ones who need warmth and love.
Yes, so beautiful! Thanks for sharing!
Thanks for your heartwarming post. Yippee!
Thanks such a lot for your beautiful, encouraging, joyful post! It touches me deeply. And makes me happy. And opens perspective. Yes! Thank you, thank you, dear KC.
Dear Angie, I have been there, too, and would like to let you know as well that hope is always there. Feel warmly embraced and hugged. I will keep you in my prayers, dear Angie. May you be blessed.
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