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.
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.
My speculation is that life is a process of schooling in which we learn how to love God, neighbor, and self and learn how to forgive others, as well as ourselves. All of us are sent here with specific special missions that help us to learn these lessons and/or teach them to others.
When I see the beauty of all creatures and of the ecosystems of the earth and find myself in a state of wonder at those, it inspires me to want to work for systemic change so that we do not destroy the amazing gift we currently have. I don’t know how, but I would really like to do something to help us move toward alternative energy and forms of technology that preserve life, rather than destroy it.
I’ve been holding on to my need to have answers to the deep questions of life. To let go of the need to know the answers to everything immediately would relieve me of my constant obsessing and give me some space to shut my mind off for awhile.
Today, I am grateful to be starting a class on how family is constructed in the biblical world. God-willing, this class will help me to learn how to apply the insights and wisdom of the biblical text into my own ethical and spiritual life.
Recently, I was struggling with the question of whether religion has any merit or not. After studying some near-death experiences, however, in which the experiencer was told that every religion is a valid path to the sacred, I have become comfortable with viewing all religions as valid. I am now ready to continue borrowing and blending from different religions in my own spiritual practice.
If I really believed I had everything I need, I would continue living as I am now but without all the emotional worrying.
Today, I am grateful to be getting back to my spiritual practice. I haven’t prayed or worked on my vision board or anything in a while, so it’s good to be getting back to that.
A little obsessive, but well enough to continue with my daily exercise routine.
When I see myself as tied to the interdependent web of existence, I feel moved to learn more about the history of the evolution of the universe, as well as the behaviors of animals and the history of survival and extinction of various species, as I feel that knowing such information can help me to see where I belong as part of the web of existence.
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