Welcome to day one of Wake Up to Perspective, our seven-day practice that explores cultivating perspective as a way to live gratefully through uncertain times. This practice emerges from Kristi Nelson’s book Wake Up Grateful: The Transformative Practice of Taking Nothing for Granted. No matter how you are at this moment — with whatever heart mix of joy and struggle — we’re so glad you’re here. Thank you for joining us on this journey.
“Learning to embrace the expanse of the present moment is the only true way to live a conscious life…
Perspective helps us to remember that beauty and heartache coexist, as do grief and gratitude, joy and sadness.
The dividends of perspective are reaped long term, arriving when our gratefulness accounts are near empty.”
~ Kristi Nelson, Wake Up Grateful
While each person’s life contains a unique mix of both struggle and ease, there’s no denying the shared grief and loss of the current global pandemic and widespread political and social strife. We are all living with uncertainty in this challenging time. In her book, Kristi writes, “When our ‘now’ is disconcerting, it’s easy to fall into a pattern of perseverating about the past and worrying about the future. A simple spaciousness of presence can be disarming in its quiet grace and invitations.” Opening to this spaciousness of presence — this disarming — is the bedrock of the week’s practice and allows us to cultivate perspective. Our first step is the sacred act of pausing and being with our lives just as they are.
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Throughout the practice there will be invitations for written reflection so you may want to have a favorite notebook or journal at hand. We also invite you to share your reflections below.
Enjoy the full seven-day Wake Up to Perspective practice.
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Pausing for stillness, I am aware that there is more to this moment than my immediate thoughts and feelings. When I stop long enough to remember this, I am released from the tendency to ruminate on current concerns or re-evaluate past mistakes. There is a gift of freedom to welcome and an abundance within this present moment to explore. Life is always bigger than we realize and when moments are hard to breathe into, we need the abundance to balance our effort to live a wider embrace.
The perspective of being aware that something as simple as a breath connects me to every human being on earth, all plants and animals—I am more fully aware of our interconnectedness and dependence upon each other. If something as simple as a breath connects me to my neighbor, think of all the other things we have in common. A good place to start a conversation to heal division and allay fear.
Thank you for sharing your thoughts on interconnectedness, so true!
Pausing for stillness I am aware . . .
– that I am in this body, my body
– the wind is blowing outside my window
– my body grew calmer listening to Kristi’s breathing video
– what a gift it is to be breathing, to be able to breathe
– it’s comforting to imagine everyone in the world breathing too,
& animals & plants
Write an entry in your private gratefulness journal
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