I am not only grateful for “good” experiences but also for the “bad” ones too, because it is these experiences that bless us with wisdom.
My grandma smiled when she got to see me on my birthday. It had been a long time since I had seen my grandparents.
Just knowing that I will be a Unitarian Universalist minister fairly soon, Spirit-willing, inspires me to serve. Since I will be serving a congregation and a larger community, my work can be an opportunity to participate in the struggle for justice everywhere, including anti-racism work, environmental justice, economic equality, and other areas that intersect and overlap along with these. I hope that my actions will make the world a better place.
Learning and growing in wisdom, as well as asking deep questions and seeking answers, energizes me.
Two things I know for sure are that I exist and that numerical rules never change. Almost everything else is a mystery, and that is okay because mystery makes life more interesting.
I can say thank you for this day by living this day to the fullest and using the time I have today wisely.
I can savor the beauty of nature by spending more time actively enjoying it-looking at the clouds, sky, sun, trees, birds, insects, and reflecting on their beauty, rather than simply walking past them without taking time to notice or appreciate them.
I show my respect for others by thinking about their needs and wants before I act. So, for instance, in a conflict, before I lose my temper or say something I’ll regret, I try to reflect, “If I was the other person, how would I want me to react?” This is a mutually fulfilling gift because, when I show respect for others, they are more likely to respect me as well.
Everything changes when we embrace the inevitable paradoxes of life. One thing I’ve learned in anti-racism trainings is that either/or thinking is a symptom of white supremacy. By moving past everything being only this or that without a both/and element, we begin to dismantle certain forms of oppression.
While I personally push back against the term “dark” for hard times in life (as this can subconsciously reinforce racist assumptions), I will say that there are things that help me navigate through hard times in life. One of the things that helps me most is looking back on similar difficult times and remembering how I overcame them. By looking to the difficult times I have already overcome, I have a map for when something similar occurs in the future.
When I feel grateful for the interdependent web of existence of which we are all a part, I feel a sense of connection to other life forms, including my fellow human beings. This kind of gratitude reminds me to remain in right relationship with the other parts of the web and to mend the parts of the web that are broken, at least as much as possible.
Part of me wants to incorporate ho’oponopono practice into my family life, but I’ve been afraid to ask my parents about this, as I’m scared they’ll think it’s stupid, especially since it requires for all of us to listen to each other, admit our wrongs, apologize, and forgive each other without any self-defending or excusing. .
I want to be remembered as someone who risked everything to fight for justice and who succeeded in creating a more anti-racist, environmentally friendly, spiritual, equitable, and loving world.
I can actively celebrate and honor this precious life by living into it fully. In my view, life is a school, and we are here to learn how to love and how to forgive. I can celebrate my opportunity to participate in this schooling by practicing love and forgiveness to the best of my ability everyday.
For over two years now, I’ve been going through a spiritual crisis similar to one I had from April 2010-July 2012. One hindrance to gratitude, for me, is my tendency to focus on the fact that I’m going through a spiritual crisis. Instead, however, I can shift to focus on how resilient I am during this crisis compared to the earlier one. I don’t feel nearly as depressed or full of despair this time, and I have more optimism about the future. Plus, I’m not emotionally nu...
For over two years now, I’ve been going through a spiritual crisis similar to one I had from April 2010-July 2012. One hindrance to gratitude, for me, is my tendency to focus on the fact that I’m going through a spiritual crisis. Instead, however, I can shift to focus on how resilient I am during this crisis compared to the earlier one. I don’t feel nearly as depressed or full of despair this time, and I have more optimism about the future. Plus, I’m not emotionally numb. All of these are signs that I have much more resilience than I did before, and that is something for me to focus on.
This summer, my parents took me on four different trips: one to camp in Beulah, CO; one to visit tourist attractions in Boston, MA; one to visit tourist attractions in Oahu, HA; and one to move back into my apartment in St. Louis, MO. I didn’t pay a dime for any of these trips, other than what I bought with my own money at gift shops. My cat also cuddles on my lap a lot, which I find so adorable! He’s a very therapeutic, friendly cat.
Since my gift seems to be learning about deep, philosophical questions, I can walk the path of my gift by exploring and researching spiritual and philosophical ideas, sharing what I learn with others who are interested.
Well, it might not be today, but when we run out, I might make my parents some more of the Tahitian coconut bread I made the other day.
I stand for love. Love of God, love of neighbor (including and especially those we may not get along with and those who are different from us), and love of self.
Right now, I am experiencing a hope that has been missing for awhile. I really do feel some genuine hope right now that a situation in my life is getting better and that liberation will be here before I know it!
I have no idea. The other night, I dreamt that I was pretending to be an extraterrestrial trying trying to escape a group of humans who wanted to capture me. Eventually, I emerged to teach humans to love each other, to forgive, and to stop putting surveillance on one creature (me) just because they don’t like being surveilled themselves. I have no idea what that means. I might have eaten something weird.
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