I try to take people as they are. My expectations of them are not related to my judgement of what I think they should do, or are capable of doing. Because how would I know? There is less chance of disappointment or misunderstanding because I’m not projecting my desires or needs onto them. This is the goal anyway.
The Buddhists have it right, this world can be full of pain. I protect what I let into my mind, by filtering out negativity. The Universe gives me plenty of opportunities to help others in a real hands-on way. By maintaining inner peace I can do this. I will not watch violence as entertainment, I will not have these images in my head.
Within the last month I’ve started a yoga practice with a group which includes some very advanced practitioners. I’m a beginner. They are so kind. No judgment, just helpfulness. What I’ve learned is to truly live in your body. Respect it. Care for it. Love it. Appreciate all it CAN do for you, wherever you are at. Namaste.
It’s a simple thing, which I do when the lemon tree is producing beautifully, (as it is now). I harvest these and share with others. This isn’t random, takes planning, since I have to bring lemons with me to events (like yoga class). As others have said, it’s really about keeping your heart open to spontaneous opportunities to help.
Mostly these are in alignment, actions and values. When they are not, then I feel conflicted, uneasy, it is those times soul searching is required. A key question: will this proposed action further my long-range life plan, or is it a diversion? A distraction from my main purpose? Listen to your heart; even small decisions matter.
Laughter disolves seriousness like magic. My daughter is witty in unexpected moments. It’s golden.
I like this Kevin, thanks for reminding me that inner focus is where change and evolution is possible, I needed this today.
I guess I underestimate myself as well, and like you – it seems to always involve surviving a hardship.
Awesome! You are so right. I’ve experienced this myself. There is a magic synergy when people unite. Thanks for sharing this.
Cynthia, I’ve walked a path parallel to yours. I once thought ‘why can’t we have duct tape for the heart?’ Mine was broken daily. Over time I understood that with each break my heart grew just a little bit larger. Make sure you get support so the experience will be one of growth (even though it hurts) and not one which is too great a burden to bear. We all need nurturing and love, including you. God Bless.
Bless you Carla, thanks for sharing. It’s hard to work with any group of people who have been victimized. When we walk the path with someone who has suffered, it’s almost impossible not to feel some of the pain. Takes courage, God Bless you.
Gerry, Keep trying. He is not letting you connect now, that may change. “Fall down seven times, get up eight” Japanese proverb. Reach out without connecting seven times, connect on the eighth, (or the 50th time, whatever it takes). Good luck.
Hi Kevin, your ‘predetermined efforts’ reminded me of when I went to events in San Francisco, I created little bags which included money, granola bars, and hand-sanitizers to give to people who would beg from me. I’d carry at least 12, my purse was heavy, as was my heart. It was contrived, as I was aware of entering an area of great need. As you said ‘if my heart is open’ … that is the only preparation truly necessary. Thank you.
Profound! Thanks for sharing.
Sarah: love the picture of you and the dog. It speaks volumes. As you have let this dog love you; remember too, that God loves you unconditionally exactly as you are and forever. Let that sink into every cell of your body, when you are full of that feeling of centeredness, you will be able to let go of the self-criticism. God Bless.
I once read flowers described as evidence of God’s existence. Exquisite beauty, fragrance, simply amazing.
Pets (and all animals) are such sacred gifts aren’t they? Lovely poem. thanks for sharing.
Kevin, Just love the ‘meaning’ of your Grandkids’ names. That is beautiful, thanks for sharing.
That is a testament to the awesomeness of YOU! I’m sure your enthusiasm is contagious to your students as well. They are lucky to have you.
Lovely Kevin. My father told me: ‘Some things don’t need to be said’. We have thousands of thoughts in our minds every day, imagine the cacophony if we spoke them all! The appreciation of silence is a Quaker thing, it goes deep.
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