Anything that dissolves me, takes me out of my body. For example a long hike to a peak and then gazing upon the beauty of the mountains, valleys, ridges bathed in sky.
So many of my discoveries were in childhood. Things like discovering language, walking, social connection etc. But aside from those obvious ones ( et’s be grateful for those too) I think the desire for integrity is still a big one for me, that and the closeness of family.
Resistance to the pain in my back. My struggle against it takes me out of appreciating what’s around me.
Already today I turned on a switch and light came into my room. I turned a tap and water came out. I used toothpaste that people made. Prepared porridge grown, reaped and processed by many. Put on clothes so many people helped to make. And then there’s the train. And that’s only in less than an hour.
Passing on is harder, requires action. It doesn’t just fit into the day. A smile, a word of encouragement, a little help here and there will all make a difference today.<...
Passing on is harder, requires action. It doesn’t just fit into the day. A smile, a word of encouragement, a little help here and there will all make a difference today.
I’m breathing, I’m upright, I live another day.
Ability to talk more. I talk less. But there’s a balance. An over – talker is exhausting. Also an obvious difference is gender: women and men have different topics of conversation and emotional expression.
Nothing that new although I am more aware of how the 1% changes I put in place really make a difference, when they build up with other 1% changes, in my body mind and spirit
I like being alone. Walking on my own, meditation, having the place to myself., silent retreats. It’s a busy house so alone time is important to me. I get space to ground, to think, to just be. And then there’s more of me to engage with others after I have had that space to go into..
Putting one foot in front of another. Chewing – took me a long time to embrace this. Sleep. Stretching. Petting a dog. Embracing a human. Warmth on a cold day; shade on a hot one. Admiring the view. Drinking tea or coffee. Watching the rain when I’m dry. A glorious sunset. Doing a silly dance (maybe not so simple). In a fit of uncontrollable laughter. Listening to the tick of a clock.
The biggest gift is life: I walk that moment to moment. Everyone has so many other gifts. For me I am at a cross roads to figure out where my next steps go to. And part of that confusion of not seeing the path in front of me is figuring out what gifts i can bring to the future. For most of my life the path ahead was clear. It is only recently that it is no longer visible. An interesting time. And gifts are a big part of where I step next.
Everyone should be treated with respect and acknowledged. I don’t agree with everyone and I have experienced hurt as a consequence of some people’s actions. My kindness, if that’s what it is, is to allow them space to be and act as they do whilst protecting me at the same time. Great in theory, not so simple in the heat of the moment.
Not sure I want to be creative. My experience has been that identifying something you are grateful for from person and expressing appreciation does it.
I stumble on this one, am not finding a path for social action. I take this opportunity to allow the confusion of possibility to sit quietly and see where it takes me.
What instils gratefulness usually kindles the fire in me but given today’s question I want to mention fire particularly. I’m sitting by a log fire, in a comfortable chair, with the dog snoozing near me, listening to music, connecting in this great community across the world through the wonder of technology. Yes my fire is lit!
My dog has just made my day, snuffling into me. He got pets from me in appreciation.
It’s a long time since I saw that movie, Verena. You’ve prompted me to watch again. Thanks.
Ann I love that you do braille transcription. Wonderful.
A good question strikes at the right time. I too have been wondering this. Thanks Jazzmina for this and to all those who replied.
Very sorry for your loss Debra. Thank you reminding us of this deep truth.
Best wishes on your further journeys, Kathy
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