Eric, I thank you for writing this. I am reflecting on the mastery of your self-knowledge and spiritual insight. It is both enriching and humbling. The eloquence of your writing will be the basis of hope and reflection for me today. I will indeed read your book. You are an amazing soul. Thank you again for sharing some of your life with us..
By not attaching to that which I have no control over;. person, place or things. And by living in present, joyful and anew,.
By listening and acknowledging the pain. Or simply by greeting every person I meet with a soft look in the eyes and a nod to recognize we are all one. And we all suffer at some times in our lives. Honor were that person is physically and spiritually without perpetuating the suffering.
How very lucky I am and have been in life. Beautiful mountains and valleys, having my daughter and son-in-law close by. A body that will heal, A few friends who love me. And a career that I still enjoy. Possibilities.
Life moves on with you, or without you. I need to say yes more no matter my physical pain.
So very much. My connection to nature, the mountain, my family, my daughters dogs, my friends, my spiritual fortitude, the love that surrounds me, my wonderful career, the freedom that I have, my strong healthy body, my ancestors, past oves, the people whom I have not yet encountered, and much much more…
Let it Be by John Lennon and Hallelujah by various folks. Movie – It is a wonderful Life
I have an idea how to help home bound folks and seniors in my small community and I have not known where to start. This week I will start to investigate more seriously. I am a hospice volunteer and haven’t had a patient in over a year. I will offer my services again.
The inequality of poor women in the world. And the isolation of many seniors in our society.
Good friends, my sisters, meditation, getting outside in nature, travel to new places and meeting new people.
Let go in 20 is my motto. That this past relationship of 7 years was suppose to be. That I am not good at relationships. The victim of my past. Let go of anger. I want to say yes to life this year, where ever it takes me. The only way to make sense of change is to plunge into it, move with it and join the dance… Lfe gratefully each day.
Any time in the mountains, fresh air, white snow, rivers, trails, critters. Childrens laughter, smiles and the opportunity to make a difference.
I care very much for people and believe that everyone has a story to tell, and a contribution to make. I am a good listener and can bring people out of themselves when they need it most. I am hoping to do more volunteer work and perhaps create of group to connect people at our local library for folks who feel not connected around some theme of gratefulness.
Forgiveness of others and forgiveness of myself. Anger and feelings of mistrust. And as Toby said below, a sense of abandonment.
Wow, that is a great question and one that requires more time on my part. Ah, my life is a work in progress. My ego still gets in the way & before I realize it , I have reacted poorly. Like Amor, most of my personal challenges are self created. Nonetheless, I try to go back to focusing on the present moment as a gift.. get out of my head, breath, and find joy if I can.
Cathy, I can totally relate to what you are saying. While I tend to appreciate my body and freedom of movement, I find my self post knee replacement, struggling and fearful that I will never be the same. I need to appreciate that I have a leg and that I can breath and get around dispite the pain.
This is a powerful message for me today. Thank you.
Indeed me too.
Realty, thank you your post and for all you have done. What a beautiful impact you have had on the world. May I make more of a difference going forward.
Pilgrim, .I am sorry about your hand. I totally get what you are saying I had my knee replaced 4 months ago and am in pain every day, can’t really do much activity and doctors are baffled. I am very generally physically active throughout the year but this turn of events mades me pause. i have become very introspective and disconnected. But trying to embrace the present moment and just be with what is. And keep hope that this too will pass.
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