I’ve gotten pretty good at waiting. Of course if I’m late for something, then waiting can be very frustrating. My favorite thing to do is talk with people. I have met amazing people while waiting. It’s an art to know just how to approach someone and check out their willingness. As a part time chauffeur, I joke that I am a professional wait-er. Talking with other chauffeur’s, cook’s, waiters, gardeners, and random folks, is usually the best part of the day.
I love this question. Thank you. It’s so nice to take a moment to reflect on this last trip around this sun. I don’t think I’ve learned any singular big lessons, more of a refining and honing of my belief system. I am continuing to learn about myself and how to live in this world. And I guess that I’m learning that this new way of living requires persistence, stamina, practice, attention, and intention.
When meditating, I sometimes imagine that I am sitting on the exposed roots of a large oak tree, with my back to the trunk, and across from me, sitting in the lotus position, is the Buddha, also meditating.
A little like Ferdinand the bull, sitting on a little hill, under his cork oak, peacefully smelling the flowers.
This practice is part of the overall transformation that I’m seeking, and among other things, it has helped me to be more expressive.
Hmmm, I have no idea what other people think about me. And my gifts probably aren’t so “great”, but I try to be kind and bring enthusiasm and humor to everything I do. I know what kind of person I want to be, and through reflection and practice, I am learning to be that person.
By visiting this site and taking time to ponder. By adding gratitude to my meditation practice. By catching myself when I’m in the past or future and coming back to the present and reminding myself of what I’m grateful for.
I have so many visions for the world. I think about ways to make things better all the time, but I feel powerless to change anything except myself. Even that seemingly simple task is difficult. It feels selfish to focus on my little world, but I am learning to accept things in the world as they are and try and make the changes in myself that are possible.
Happy Sunday to you all 🙏
By keeping it simple. The basic principle being kindness. After that, there are a few things that require regular practicing, like non judgment, being present, and keeping an open heart.
I try to bring my “A” game to everything that I’m involved in. My goal is to be an active participant in my life. Sharing my experiences openly with others and being available to listen.
Right now, in this moment, I’m thankful for Elena, Marty, the two Dave’s, Max, and my sister Sarah. In my life, there have been so many people that have allowed me to be part of something. For that, I am thankful.
As I accept things as they are, there is the possibility for less suffering.
In retrospect, I can feel gratitude for all experiences. Especially the difficult ones. For me, real change does not come easy.
I’m not sure about assuming the best, but I know I could be more open minded and less judgmental when meeting people. I grew up in a time and place where assuming the best, could expose you to harm. I think I prefer being open
minded and letting peoples nature unfold. Seeing things and people as they are and not what I wish/hope they are, is always my goal.
“When someone tells you who they are, believe them the first time”
I have been surprised by many people. I think this says more about me, than it does about them.
By attempting to be an observer of my emotions, patterns, and motivations, I hope I’m checking in on myself. Oh yeah, and therapy. There’s nothing like a second set of eyes. 👀
Definitely all of you that make this beautiful resource happen and the people that share there wisdom and insight with the rest of us here. I am truly grateful that a friend (someone who was also suffering) sent me this link.
This is such a key part of my practices and has had a truly positive impact on my life.
Thank you all 🙏
Thank you for this. This comes at just the right moment for me, as things do when I go with gratitude. 🙏
I am kind to everyone that I encounter and open to randomness every day. I love helping people when there is a need that I can fill. Holding a door, helping to carry groceries, checking in on my neighbors, texting friends out of the blue, just to say hi and see how they’re doing. This really is what I live for. Those seemingly random encounters.
Thank you Racel, for this positive vision. It just had the desired effect. 🙂
Thank you Sunnypatti, for expressing this so well. ❤️
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