I think this is a really wonderful website. I have appreciated so much brother David’s book gratefulness is the heart of prayer
I have been reading the word for the day for many years I had not actually stepped into the practice until this year was a very difficult things cropped up in my life. This website and the practices have been a godsend. I’ve been reading Kristi Nelson‘’s book. It’s a really powerful guide and I’m reading it in short pieces to really absorb what she is saying. Some of the images she provides are brilliant. For example, thinking of myself as the glass and not the contacts in the glass...
I have been reading the word for the day for many years I had not actually stepped into the practice until this year was a very difficult things cropped up in my life. This website and the practices have been a godsend. I’ve been reading Kristi Nelson‘’s book. It’s a really powerful guide and I’m reading it in short pieces to really absorb what she is saying. Some of the images she provides are brilliant. For example, thinking of myself as the glass and not the contacts in the glass, Which is either a half full or half empty. But my life, my entire life is the container and that help me to re-orient my perspective to my present situation. With that image I did a life review from five years old and up to my present age of 77. And it was remarkable when I thought of all the different people and places and events that have been part of my life.
I am astonished and anxious about the degree of political polarization in this country and the willingness of some of our public servants disregard our democratic ideals.
What breaks my heart is the unimaginable massive loss of animal and plant life as a result of human impact on planet earth. Humans evolved within A rich diversity of life so much of which is perishing. I have also been moved knowing about a horrible human trafficking that is going on in this world as well as the large volume of refugees and places like Syria.
Along with the turmoil there’s always something good happening in the world and there’s always something good happening within me. So I see joy not just as a state that is a choice to look at was positive and happy had to take stock of that and to give thanks.
There is a very present conflict in me at this time which is uncomfortable, and the one means of lessening the discomfort is through acceptance and letting go.
I had my negative perceptions and thoughts about the situation or about other people ricochet back upon myself and those for whom they are intended.
One way is this site where I start every morning writing in the gratitude journal and answering theses questions, I find moments of appreciation of the beauty in nature where II live, and have lately discovered a deeper savoring of foods when we eat out.
If I am true to the meaning of “loved really well,” which I regard on as a selfless love with no expectation of love in return, I would say this has happened rarely in my life. I have those feelings for my sons, and am just lately been evolving into that agape love with my wife.
There’s a difference between love and attachment. I think true love is something that comes through me and not from me, from a higher source. If I could find that kind of love freedom is already there. I’m not at that point in my life yet but I’m aware it wants to be part of my journey.
Occasions for true generosity or a real honor and a gift. I had the great pleasure of meeting a peacemaker from Burundi in East central Africa who is helping refugees from the ethnic wars us to be able to to come back and rebuild their homes. I had a huge heart opening when I Heard about the sacrificial nature of his work. It both humble me it made me feel so grateful that I have found something that I could really give myself too.
I am delighted by lots of music, my cat Panya, my wife and her wonderful smile, the huge live oak trees in my back yard, walking on the golf course around our house, getting a latte at the Corner Perk coffee shop, being on a zoom call with my sins and their families, talking with friends, and I could go on. There is so much cause for joy and smiles.
I am thankful for my wife and sons and the love they bring into my life, for my friends especially Joseph and Ricardo and Sharlyn and Roy. I am thankful for all those who have served in the military and sacrificed life or limb so that the rest of us in America may be free. I’m also thankful for the caregivers in hospitals and clinics who take care of us when you’re sick and for the first responders who are there in case of emergency.
I seek solace in nature walks, spiritually inspiring reading, conversations with my wife and alone contemplative time.
Faith that everything that comes into my life can contribute to new learning, no matter how challenging.
Being in the silence, making prayerful intentions for each day that also include gratitude, petting my kitty, kissing my wife, being conscious and studiously aware of the words that come out of my mouth are speaking from my heart.
Beautifully said Howie. I like the images.
I totally agree.
I worked for a short time as a family therapist and one of the most troubling clients were a couple who had been abusing kids. What struck me was the sense of unconsciousness and little remorse.
Thanks for your honesty and insight. I am finding negativities and subtle forms of aggression in me that
Undermine well being.
I row sweep here with a bunch of club members who have all been safe and virus free. We were out this morning with seven and Cox on nice clear water.
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