As with a storm: My family is my shelter; the hard knocks of life is my training; good self care is my emergency kit; and if I need to send a mayday or fire a flare I can get professional help as needed. And the anchor I drop is the deep belief that I will get through and the storm will bring opportunity eventually.
I was initially drawn to the analogy of love. Many’s the couple that parted because they didn’t feel love and yet weren’t taking action to nurture the love: the old adage that love is a verb. Does looking for a payback of feeling grateful miss the point of gratefulness as the act of noticing and appreciating?
Thinking further on it I think being and feeling grateful are two sides of the same coin. To really appreciate I have to be with the experience. And being with t...
Thinking further on it I think being and feeling grateful are two sides of the same coin. To really appreciate I have to be with the experience. And being with the experience brings forth the feeling that I am grateful. But looking for a payback of a warm fuzzy feeling probably undermines the experience, makes it a bit artificial.
My mind is getting better at noticing that it is distracted and then allowing presence to re-emerge. Presence allows me to notice and appreciate It is helpful for me to be aware of this coming and going. There’s a balance though. The question almost leads me down the path of grasping every moment (because it matters) which is a recipe for stress!
Breathe a sigh of relief. Because I will then have realised that what I want is not what I need.
Great question today to realise how important are all the body parts right down to the invisible. I tend to focus on the bits that are sub-optimal but this morning I wandered through the more obvious body parts appreciating everywhere I went and what it would be like not to have them.
My spouse and immediate family are my bedrock, my dog, people I work with, this community, all the people who make this train run that I’m on now, all those who keep the city going, the country, well really the planet. And me. How I am able to live my life is an interdependent thing with so many people.
I’m still standing, despite the difficulties. No matter what I’ve encountered I make my way through, hard as it can be at times. I’ve generally looked back and not wanted to change it. But I’ve also been very fortunate and the question today helps me appreciate that.
Nature, particularly mountains; the enormity of space scattered with stars; deep connection with another; meditation in the quiet morning; contemplating my dog just being there; places dedicated to contemplation and the spirit.
Helped out a friend having a difficult time. Mainly he needed to be heard and validated. I think it was a moment of peace in what is a stormy phase of his life.
I’m coming to a point where my current main purpose of growing children and supporting a family is getting to where I can see an end. Whilst I expect to continue to be supportive I am conscious of no other obvious purpose I can take on at the moment that resonates with me. Its a state of confusion on where I go from here. But I’ve grown into appreciating confusion. It’s where I’ve found the growth. So I’m OK with sitting with that – it’s really my fri...
I’m coming to a point where my current main purpose of growing children and supporting a family is getting to where I can see an end. Whilst I expect to continue to be supportive I am conscious of no other obvious purpose I can take on at the moment that resonates with me. Its a state of confusion on where I go from here. But I’ve grown into appreciating confusion. It’s where I’ve found the growth. So I’m OK with sitting with that – it’s really my friend.
I don’t know whether I’ve spotted a pattern but I am aware of a more optimistic mind when I am moving in the direction of my values. Also when I bake positive actions into my day it really helps, like getting in a 15 minute walk in the mid morning to counteract the shorter darker days of the northern hemisphere. If I don’t build it in it doesn’t happen.
My feet, waking barefoot more, feeling the resilience and complexity of what I largely ignored for decades.
How I am connected to the past which is both an enriching thing and one that has the potential to be limiting to me.
The countless micro transgressions that happen in a relationship: Forgiveness is part of the glue that allows us humans to cohabit. I have been on the giving and receiving end.
Probably when I’m in an activity such as hiking in the hills or sailing in a race. There’s a heightened sense of presence.
It’s going to happen anyway so I might as well get on for the ride. I am visualising trying to hold back a waterfall with my hands, body, everything bracing against it: exhausting. I’ll let the water flow today – say yes to it.
A little bit of human touch to those close to me is deeply rewarding, brings me closer, creates warmth, anchors the relationship.
Javier, too soon to tell for me whether I’d endorse them but I’m trying out Vivo Barefoot.
Thanks, Palm. Good to be here
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