By being alert and responsive to the needs of others with an open heart. By being respectful and listening carefully. By sharing, hugging, expressing my joy to be with the other. By being there.
Someone here recently cited Thich Nath Hanh who recommended to walk as if you would kiss the ground with your feet. I tried this and it is amazing, it immediately changes the perception, the way you place your feet on the ground and the feeling of how the ground is touching your feet is different. It is as if this kind of tender attention is reflected back to your feet by the ground. If you step hard, the floor is hard. But if I touch everything with attention and loving kindness, it does good to the world and it is not only that I see more roses and less thorns in doing so, but I guess the world would answer with less thorns and more roses as well.
That we live together as humans in kindness and peace, that we share so that no one needs to starve or suffer thirst or is homeless, that this beautiful world still is a place of beauty and living and life full of wonder for future generations.
To let myself being touched to the marrow of my bones and to the center of my heart by the current conditions and to do what I can to help moving towards the vision of a shared one world in peace.
To let go of being special or different is an insight that relaxed a kind of constant tension. I don´t know if this is growing in the sense of becoming “more” of something. It is more a wish to let go of inner views that hinder feeling happy and at peace or could be hurting others. Like this beautiful Word for the Day today. It has shown the emptiness of one of the feelings I struggled with for quite a long time. It had no content of whatsoever and disappeared like dust in the wind after realizing the non-sense of it. Since letting go of this, the sense of peace inside has increased. I believe that by finding peace inside oneself, this will be of benefit for my fellow people as well. A small step to more peace, but a step. I am feeling very grateful for being allowed to take part in this journey all together, with you and your honest sharing on this site. Thank you so much.
As said by all of you, all my basic needs have always been answered. This question reminds me how much I take for granted, whereas so many people desperately lack even the very basic needs of food, water and shelter, especially now in winter. In TV I heard (this was not shown, while everyday war is shown daily) that the refugees who are stuck in Greece (where it is snowing currently) are still living in these tents. What I can do is give some money and prayers that the people over there, and wherever people suffer may find help. Thank you Kevin for your precious answer.
To let go of any sense of being special, of being better in a way, of being different from others.
I realized this theme as being one of the mechanisms of survival when I was an infant, which today creates suffering to my fellow humans and does not serve my own well being at all either, as it is one of the reasons for feeling lonely or isolated.
Today I fully understood this. I will have a close eye and let go of any strategies related to this and apologize from my heart to the ones who might have suffered due to this.
I would like to add a quote I recently read, saying: the wise is living in silence in the midst of the world, his heart is an open space. (Lao-Tzu, Tao Te King). Thank you again, dear Pierre Pradervand.
So many people who work for my well being, unseen and unknown, like the one who brings the oil for the heating in winter, or the one who develops the programs for my computer or the one who looks after the protecting devices so that I may use this tool of daily life in a safe way, or the ones who look after the roads in winter so that I may reach the place where I have to go without accidents … so many unknown and unseen people who are there for my well being on a daily basis I don´t keep in mind really and rather take for granted. This question shows again that we all are interconnected and to keep this in my awareness and be grateful for this being together all together will shift this. To widen my heart and enclose all people. Thank you again for this question.
Through sharing joyful moments, through words, through singing, through giving something the other or nature might love to receive, through meeting in gratitude or just be there in loving kindness. As Kevin and Chester said already, I could do better or more often. Sometimes, when I feel I would like to say thank you but feel I am not so welcome to come close in more reserved or skeptical persons or situations where I myself feel unsure personally, I try to stay in respectful distance, not to jump over these signals and try to convey gratitude through more careful chosen words that respect this kind of distance, although by nature, I would just hug and laugh and smile like a child. This could may be irritate the other, as it is not congruent with my nature. I will think about this. Thank you for the question.
Thank you dearly for your profound remembrance of being through being slower and being patient and through the love of self. It just helps and I am grateful for your calming and centering words.
Patience with myself and others.
For LJ – I hope that you reached Texas safe and that your car made it; happy that your gofundme- account is slowly offering at least some covering for your needs.
All best wishes to each of you for 2017!
I don´t know for sure of course but I what I currently experience is that I feel the door to love swinging, for no apparent reason it seems; sometimes I just swing into this energy and then for a while it is gone again. What I can do is to stay open to this with all my heart and all my being. If the grace of entering into this energy appears to fill me, I have no control of; I can only try my best to stay open to this. Then, this love just flows onward to anything around, it is the energy of love itself that does this then, it is a free flow and just wants nothing else than flow onward. It is like breathing in and one cannot avoid but breathing out, just for to breathe in again. Love and grace.
A peaceful, joyful and happy new year to each and everyone, but especially to the ones who feel unloved or outcast. A warm embrace, Ose
One of the hardest times of my life was about two years ago, a time of complete despair and hopelessness. I had stressed a friendship much too much through ignoring the others free will and wanting attention and being loved at any costs.
Learning to being deeply grateful towards life and being alive and being with others, and being especially grateful for the enormous perseverance of the one in question allowed to bring some light into it, which, like you, Mary Pat, I can feel slowly growing. It is far from shining brightly, but slowly, it increases, and I am deepest grateful that life allowed me to go this path, now together with some friends.
That life allows to embrace the love appearing through gratefulness – to be able to experience this – I did not expect to appear in my life at that time, and now, sometimes a glimpse is there. I could say, gratefulness saved me in a way. And it is due to a large extend to all of your sharing on this site and the beautiful effort of the Gratefulness- team, and to the perseverance of this incredible person who accompanied all the way through. I am so deeply grateful for this, thank you all deeply from my heart.
Sometimes this light is gone, but as well shining up again, like now, unexpected. Then it only wants to flow onward to others and this leaves a humble and silent joy in me. May this light increase in all of us. With a deep bow, Ose
Just beautiful, Ben. Thank you very very much.
Beautiful! May it reach each and every heart. The melody appears right in my ears and touches me deep inside. Let love shine. One love. Thank you, Antoinette.
Thank you for your honest reply as well, dear Maya. It is encouraging to just admit what needs to be admitted and let go of, once it has come to awareness. Good to walk this path together! Thank you for doing so.
Wishing you good recovery from the journey, and so good to know you and your cats arrived safe!
Thanks for this inspiring surprise! it could be contagious …. 🙂
Dear Mary Pat, wishing you expansion of light, much joy and peace of mind for the coming time, and looking forward to on and off hearing from you. May what you are looking for come into your life. Warmly, Ose
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