The more aware I am of what is sacred to me, and the more positive attention and energy I give it, the more I can help to preserve it. The less aware and committed I am to naming, honouring, loving and giving attention + focusing to what I value and love, the greater chance it will shrivel and die.
Not sure I am the one to know this. I just hope and pray that some of my good intentions are realized, and that there are enough positives to outweigh the negatives more often than not, when it really counts, and in the long run…
I would share whatever I felt or feel called to share, with far less reservation or hesitation.
I can set an intention to be more open to people who I perceive or experience as different, and to be curious about the gifts they bring.
Perhaps the first step is awareness – being aware when I unconsciously shut others out and / or judge, and consciously choosing curiosity. Most days offer at least a few opportunities. Observing a scene outside the window now, voila – an invitation.
Thank you for this challenging question, and the thoughtful reflections 🙂
Covid continues to challenge me daily to deepen my practices, to open my heart and mind to embrace the world as best I can. It is helping because there is simply no choice.
Sorry I am late on this one. Thank you all for the challenging question and the many thoughtful replies!
The list of old stories I wish to release is long (ugh!). Which ones CAN I release? The ones I bring to awareness, witness, hold with kindness and gently rework and shift to a brand new place – inner and outer (or discard / turf entirely. Yeh!!!!)
I will aim to focus on and release more positive stories, and let go of as many old ones as I can, without unnecessar...
I will aim to focus on and release more positive stories, and let go of as many old ones as I can, without unnecessarily burdening others. Will also take Nelson’s and other lead and focus on present and future possibilities.
And on it goes! …
Fresh baking straight out of the oven – cookies, cake, a crisp. Wonderful memory of my grandfather in his small kitchen with an apron on, bringing out a fresh tray of cookies from the oven. These days my husband makes fresh cookies or scones while we watch Zoom church on Sunday mornings. For communion they are paired with coffee or tea. Yum!
When I use words with intention, I feel more solidly rooted in and informed by what is true for me, ideally beyond that moment. Then, whatever the response or outcome, I can let it go I, knowing I have given my best.
I cannot imagine life without kindness and decency. I am not sure how far I want to go down that road. Is not kindness and decency at the core of what makes life worth living?
I am grateful for all animals as I feel they teach us so much, if only/ as we learn and practice listening, attending, respecting, and learning to be in ‘right relation’ with the animals, who and how they are, their habitat and needs.
Dogs, cats, squirrels, raccoons, birds, occasional horses, sea otters and seals, spiders, wasps, bees, mosquitoes are most present on my path.
Thank you for this question and each thoughtful answer. I will pay more attention today wi...
Thank you for this question and each thoughtful answer. I will pay more attention today with openness and curiosity!
Will call generosity a work in progress. And, I can set an intention to practice generosity each day, and see where that goes. Will write and sent a card now …
In the Book of Joy, the Dalai Lama says “we have to take care of ourselves without selfishly taking care of ourselves. If we don’t take care of ourselves, we cannot survive. We need to do that. We should have wise selfishness rather than foolish selfishness. Foolish selfishness means you just think only o...
In the Book of Joy, the Dalai Lama says “we have to take care of ourselves without selfishly taking care of ourselves. If we don’t take care of ourselves, we cannot survive. We need to do that. We should have wise selfishness rather than foolish selfishness. Foolish selfishness means you just think only of yourself, don’t care about others, bully others, exploit others. In fact, taking care of others, helping others, ultimately is the way to discover your own joy and to have a happy life. … it is what I call wise selfishness’.
In response, Archbishop Desmond Tutu offered ‘You are wise… I wouldn’t just say wise selfish. You are wise’.
Mother Earth and all her flora, fauna and creatures …
Practice being peace.
Now and today I appreciate the daily change of seasons, from summer to autumn …
Dusty Su, I so hear you, and agree wholeheartedly. It seems we are forever learning, re-learning, remembering, adjusting our practices. And yes – this group, other groups and trusted friends really are essential. Same. Grateful! 🙂
Such good news that you got ‘safely, undetected…’ and that you sent a ‘respectful, balanced with truth message’ to the landlord. I love that you ‘drew a line over (the) experience’. I must learn from your deep rooted practice. Yeh for new beginnings!
Saving yourself vs. doing things for others. Again, I honour your wisdom in finding, living and aspiring to a healthy balance between the two.
Thanks Holly. Beautiful …
Michele, I will hold you, your son, Josh’s sister, Mom and so many others in my heart today. Such a gift you are to each other, and to this and no doubt other communities. Mental Health really is so important. My vision is that mental health be recognized, honoured and funded on par with physical health, and that we can somehow lessen or eradicate the stigma it carries for too many.
I hope you and your community enjoy a beautiful run!
Warmly, KC 🙏🏻
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