I think this is a really wonderful website. I have appreciated so much brother David’s book gratefulness is the heart of prayer
When I meet other people I cannot help but smile. Kindness, warmth, as expressions of an underlying love that surrounds us all, is our common Heritage and Joy.
Every day I experience kindness from my wife and kitty. We are not that active socially, but I am a member of our local Threshold Choir, And our singing for people in the final stages of life is all about compassion and kindness.
Where peace and real love prevail there is equity, no more poverty or cause for crime or conflict between nations. Military budgets have been turned into supporting civilian peace corps working to halt climate change and environmental destruction. Education and enriching the mind is a lifelong goal. People work on self improvement and enlightenment.
I can make breakfast or dinner.
In solitude I can start emptying my mind and come into a sense of peace and deeper relaxation.
I get to see the world and my own views from another perspective, if I am open minded enough to do so.
Not really new, but a further affirmation of how, in the process of simply observing mental contents, the mind begins to empty out. Then whatever unwanted feelings or thoughts were present fadeaway and peace returns.
Challenges have taught me not to fight with a life but to go with the flow. Letting go has been a major lesson of the lower part of my life. It’s not giving up or even giving in. It’s a radical new understanding that so many things in our lives are not as important as we once thought.
We had a summer home in southern New Hampshire when I was small and I was enchanted by nature and being outdoors. We would hike the surrounding hills, swim and spear frogs in our pond. Nature became a place of refuge, recreation, and outlet for curiosity. As a kid I never reflected much I want nature meant to me, but it held me in a way which is stayed with me through adulthood.
My wife and I live in a beautiful area in Beaufort South Carolina which is near the coast. Our lives are blessed by being very serene and conducive to contemplation with all the natural beauty that surrounds us.
Without thought, being kind and gentle with all things and beings. Just seems part of my nature without effort. There is a love penetrating all things. It’s how the universe is hard=wired.
Seems to me that being grateful is the living out of the feeling of gratefulness, and perhaps it’s one true testimony.
Marital conflict comes to mind. Yes in conflicts between my wife and I, I have definitely found many of them generative, but only when I am able to see and authentically own my part in the conflict. That is why marriage is a sacrament according to the church because a dedicated marriage is the way to greater truthfulness and to God.
I have a progressive disease called macular degeneration. I am receiving treatments for it but there’s no guarantee that my vision won’t go all together. I have faith that I will live and still be able to read, even though I can’t now read books because the font is too small. I use my iPad for all my reading.
A really rich conversation with like minded people which is both challenging and affirming of my own thoughts and feelings.
In silence I notice the mind and body relaxing.
Antoinette,My sentiments exactly. We are all interconnected with all beings through all time. So our thanks and I deep gratitude must be to the universe itself which gave birth to life out of which we have also come. I could thank all my ancestors known and unknown.? I can thank the sky and the sun and the rain and the earth and everything that grows on it and all the people who have come before me that I’ve made life possible for me. Where does it end?
I agree. Often my mind goes blank with these questions.
Holly, thanks for bringing up climate change. I too do not feel optimistic and am discouraged by c,I ate denial and apathy. My only point of hope is that there is a larger wisdom at work. If humanity reduces its numbers through the climate crisis, nature may rebound.
Peace be with you.🙏🏼💕
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