Tara Brach speaks of ‘seasons of the heart’, which I find helpful and comforting to begin to frame broad families of experience, each with their own bundle of stories, beliefs and feelings. Her RAIN meditation is my go to, to pause, settle and be with feelings around a given moment or experience. Dorothy Hunt offers that ‘peace is this moment, without judgement, where everything that is is welcome …’.
Back to the toasted bagel with a thick, yummy crea...
Back to the toasted bagel with a thick, yummy cream cheese schmear, and a hot cup of tea 🙂
I met both my partner and my best friend by happenstance, around the same time, many years ago. Many / most of my key friendships began quite randomly. Curious!
What a beautiful reminder to stay open and available to opportunity, taking a chance and not knowing where or how things may turn out or where they may lead. Thank you for this question, and for each of the thoughtful reflections!
My friend B. and a small group that gathered to create a 2022 vision board/ collage. We were unable to gather in January 2021 due to Covid. It felt like a loss, to miss this yearly ritual. This year, while wrestling with fear and love, we found a way to meet regardless …
Gathering to launch 2022, to create, share and witness our respective visions, felt like a huge gift. Perhaps it is!
Everything! The invitation and challenge is to be aware of when/ as I am contracted in a place of fear, to pause, reconnect, re-root and to begin again from a place of love ….
It is -4C here. The sun is shining brightly on a few feet of light, fresh powder snow. It has stopped snowing, and is too cold for the snow to start melting, for now. It is quiet, peaceful, and a perfect time to move outside to savor the fresh air.
I think Mary Oliver was onto something …
Gratefulness often offers the spark I need to live with courage, and heads me in the right direction.
Pause. Check-in. Listen. Attend. Keep going …
By pausing often enough, with intention, for connect with and focus on what really matters, and letting go of the rest – one breath, step, day at a time …
Inner and outer peace …
I can more fully embody generosity today by setting an intention to embody generosity more consciously, authentically and fully day to day, and through the year. I appreciate many of the reflections here, that generosity is so much more than things.
I can extend generosity both inwardly and outwardly, to include both self and other.
I can accept that generosity has boundaries, limits, and requires thoughtfulness to do well. Sometimes it can and will go sideways, and that&...
I can accept that generosity has boundaries, limits, and requires thoughtfulness to do well. Sometimes it can and will go sideways, and that’s ok! 🙂
I am grateful that the December frenzy is through for another year, and that life is slowly returning to a more peaceful balance and flow.
I hope to be more conscious and committed to generosity in the year ahead, along with a quest to embody love of both self and others, and a lived experience of what ‘enough’ looks and feels like.
A friend gifted me with a memoir she recently completed about her son’s life and her own journey, after losing her teenage son to suicide many years ago. Her memoir and words continue to touch me in so many ways.
Another friend gifted me with an evening of live theatre, (which I almost never do) – Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Christmas Carol. It was several weeks before Christmas, and brought me fully into the spirit of what the season is and has always been about....
Another friend gifted me with an evening of live theatre, (which I almost never do) – Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Christmas Carol. It was several weeks before Christmas, and brought me fully into the spirit of what the season is and has always been about.
Before Smoky Mountain, I was steeped in denial and resistance, with heels well dug into the more challenging bits of Christmas (ie. shopping, pressure to give like crazy and spend too much money etc). Being at the live play with friends was an exceptional, timely gift. It allowed me to shed my more Scrooge like bits for another year in the nick of time … Huge gratitude!
I recently lost a cousin to cancer. She was in her mid-50’s, healthy, vibrant, fully expressed, alive with much to live for. She had about six months from diagnosis to when she died. She and her long-time partner got married a few months ago, and did a short honeymoon in another province.
She, her mom, sister, husband and extended family are very much an inspiration to live more gratefully and fully …
Solitude teaches me how essential it is to my daily life. Whether a simple or more complicated day, it grounds, centers, connects, anchors and returns me to a place of inner and outer stillness, balance, wholeness and peace.
I am also aware of the gifts of relationship and community, and forever learning where and how solitude fits in the balance and mix. The learning continues …
Thanks Lydia. So helpful and true … ‘hurting people hurt people. Healed people help heal people.’
Thank you so much Nelson, for your reflection on the family lunch your Dad.
I have spent this week with my elderly father, and fly home today. I find it difficult to be with the feelings of being here with him, and knowing that this too shall pass. Perhaps I will focus on the very small moments, miracles and gifts he brings, just as you have done – to make it more manageable to take in. My Dad is remarkable in so many ways. Now seems a good time to take that in more deeply,...
I have spent this week with my elderly father, and fly home today. I find it difficult to be with the feelings of being here with him, and knowing that this too shall pass. Perhaps I will focus on the very small moments, miracles and gifts he brings, just as you have done – to make it more manageable to take in. My Dad is remarkable in so many ways. Now seems a good time to take that in more deeply, breath by breath, and truly appreciate all that he is. Thank you!
I appreciate Christine’s reflection as well, that feelings help us open to the miracle of knowing that we are alive and that we exist.
Thank you so much for sharing your story and reflection. Your words resonate for me as well – ‘I have found however difficult things get I can always find plenty to be grateful for and that keeps me in a calm, positive frame of mind. Gratefulness gives me the courage to keep going’. Yes!
Thank you Holly,
Such a beautiful, apt metaphor. ‘Gratefulness polishes away the awful tarnish and reveals our blessings”. So true! And from there, courage somehow arises…
Thank you so much for sharing your story, as well as the Bishop Romero quote. It is such a beautiful reminder, just as you say, of the gift of presence which we all long for and need in our lives. I so appreciate your sharing this with our wee community!
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