Peace. Perspective. Heart-mindedness. An awareness of breath. Rest. An awareness of self. I can hear my soul. Beauty.
I similar to Kevin, receive the gift of the Holy Spirit – when lucky – in solitude. Space to think.
Gosh, I am really struggling with this question. Maybe I will answer like this. Even though others are different from me, they are really more alike than me than I think. I started to jot down qualities that I admire in others and had this whole list, but they could just as easily say that about my qualities. I still do not know if I am answering the question! Guess I will read others responses. 🙂
Challenges have taught me to stand on my right foot only. And on my left foot only. And occasionally I stand on my head. 🙂
When you remember that each person is facing their own battle, it makes you kinder. It also just allows the compassion to overflow out of your heart for them. Not easy to remember but you have to take a breath and put yourselves in others shoes. I believe it is good for yourself and for others
Brother David’s Stop, Look, Go approach.
STOP – Take a breath
LOOK – At the opportunities and blessings in my life
GO – Towards the opportunities of LIGHT
It makes me grateful for every moment
Every single one of them. There is a nice mediatation in Kristi Nelson’s book “Wake Up Grateful” that I often use. You think of 3 body parts as you wake up from sleep and you say that you are grateful for each one. Today I am grateful for my eyes, my heart and my back.
In countless ways… Life is always uncertain. But we have to look to hope. Hope maybe allows us to embrace uncertainty. This poem “The Darkling Thrush” by Thomas Hardy describes uncertain times but with a hopeful message.
Like Rumi says in “The Guest House”, “welcome and entertain” uncertainty!
This question reminds me of a song from “A Muppets Christmas Carol” called “Thankful Heart”. As the song says, I will “hold you close with a thankful heart”. I will hold you all and everyone I come across today with a thankful heart.
I struggle with uncertainty. The first thing that comes to mind for dealing with uncertainty is I check my values. Even though things are uncertain, am I living by my values? Living by my values brings me a sense of stability and helps brings things into perspective.
And yet… this quote comes to mind
“To be fully alive, fully human, and completely awake is to be continually thrown out of the nest. To live fully is to be always in no-man’s-land, to experience each momen...
“To be fully alive, fully human, and completely awake is to be continually thrown out of the nest. To live fully is to be always in no-man’s-land, to experience each moment as completely new and fresh. To live is to be willing to die over and over again.” ~Pema Chodron
It is not easy, but I try to embrace and be curious about the uncertainty and groundlessness. Another thing that helps is to think… others are in the same boat. I think that is called : being human.
We have a situation that is going on in my church that is uncertain and quite frankly is aggravating. I will “just be” with this uncertainty. Give it to God and “ride the wave”, I guess. Maybe try to be grateful for it??? Thanks for allowing me to ramble
I am happy when I am in a flow. Flow to me means an effortless, peaceful feeling. I have felt this most with family, friends, in nature, at church, at work, while meditating, while exercising, while doing nothing and when being grateful. 🙂
I feel most alive when I really, truly help someone. If I cannot help someone, I can feel most alive when I wish them well.
Great response Devy! I really like the advice of accepting others strengths and personalities and not belittling myself. I tend to “compare” a bit too much and should probably just accept more.
Devy, I was wondering if you were Buddhist or have read about Buddhism?
Devy, I love this approach:
By looking at this day as a new start I am looking at creating a new me to focus on the now and to be grateful rather than focusing on yesterday and what happened or what I should of done or in the future and what may happen.
Thanks for your words!
Hello Trish, I can relate. Good luck and may God help resolve the conflict.
Holly, this book sounds great. Is the title
Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In?
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