The key word here for me is “consistently”. I will continue to train my mind and heart to be open and conscious so that I can bring more consistency and awareness into my engagements with others.
It allows me to show up for others and opens me to the gifts of care from them as well … it roots me … gives me purpose …
Right now, in this moment? My husband, taking out and then feeding our dog in the pre-dawn. But also I give my whole-hearted thanks to one of my brothers who has taken on lots of additional work and responsibility for our extended family.
I had a basically happy childhood in which I was loved and affirmed…and rooted. I loved reading, music, nature, learning new skills, being a tomboy in the woods… all things I still enjoy. I had grandparents who loved me and I am blessed to pass along that love as a grandma myself now. I am so grateful.
The first image that came to me with the phrase “spread my wings” wasn’t so much in the sense of a nestling who is spreading its wings to fly, but rather the mother bird or hen who spreads her wings over her chicks in protection (image in scripture, Luke 13:34) . So I may be being invited to be protective of others and provide a safe, sheltering place …
Yes, I commit to this! I almost didn’t post any kind of reply at all – because I simply wanted to affirm my commitment and that didn’t seem “post-worthy”. Then I realized that even my wee YES posted here might have an impact on the world in encouraging more simple YES responses!
In the past three days, I dug out a short row of beets which I’d grown from seed and planted; I roasted them, I peeled them and yesterday I made some beet soup – 4 quarts, of which I froze 3 for the future. I want to be aware of these kinds of simple acts as participation in the “great fullness.”
Right here, right now – pre-dawn with the gradually lightening sky in the east… the dark silhouettes of the trees and leaves gently waving a ‘good morning’ to me in the breeze. A hot cup of coffee, the quiet, reflecting on gratefulness, setting the tone for the day… praying… centering … knowing: God. Is. Taking that first conscious breath, aware of the Spirit in me, sustaining my life …
I focus on what WAS, and the blessing of having had that person or experience in my life. That leads me to a feeling of gratitude….
I embrace my imperfection by laughing at my mistakes and finding delight in them. And then, I find I have a *perfect* attitude toward my imperfections. (Wait a minute, isn’t that what I’m trying to avoid?!) 🙂
Prayers and cards from friends after my mother’s recent death… calls and messages of support and kindness. Knowing people care and that they have taken the time to reach out….
This is a perfect question for me to keep in mind today as I’m about to head off for a full day of babysitting two small grandchildren!
……”not all the “stories” we tell about our past are useful or necessary anymore.
I believe the grace of letting go of these thoughts of repetitive stories of the past is a useful and necessary way to put path to liberation…..”
Thank you for those words this morning.
I love the image of the “no-judgment zone” and being perfectly at peace. Thank you!
I hope you will find some sense of community… even this one, small and distant from one another physically as we may be, helps me open my eyes to people whose values and gratitude for life are things I share… and I find it to be a gift.
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