Reflections

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  1. Brother Ben

    Listen. Be quIet and listen.

    5 months ago
  2. Hermann-Josef

    memories of spending time in the garden of my grandparents. I still can smell all the plants there. The memory when I held my daughter in my hands for the first time. I don’t know if I ever felt so much love before. I was somehow surprised how nature was trusting me to be a good father. also the many moments when I was in some kind of flow, when I still was painting a lot. a special kind of energy is taking over then. when my spiritual teacher more then 40 years ago gave me an intense Hugh and said welcome home, though he was very strict.

    5 months ago
    1. Don Jones

      ¨In reality there is only the source, dark in itself, making everything shine. Unperceived, it causes perception. Unfelt, it causes feeling. Unthinkable, it causes thought. Non-being, it gives birth to being. It is the immovable background of motion. Once you are there, you are at home everywhere.¨ Nisargadatta

      5 months ago
  3. devy

    Breathe.. focus on 5he breathe, the grateful things in your life.

    5 months ago
  4. Don Jones

    Return to the source – the core. The Love and Bliss that is ever present. The quiet reassurance. The knowing.

    5 months ago
  5. Hot Sauce

    I can cultivate peace in the midst of chaotic moments by focusing on things I can change and working on them, while accepting what I can’t change and learning not to worry about what is beyond my control.

    5 months ago
  6. Linda

    Remembering to breathe is the most important action for me to take when I am stressed.

    5 months ago
  7. Carol

    I have struggled with anxiety all my life. My biggest battles are always within. Like others, breath work, sacred pauses, claiming the strength of my ancestors are a few of the ways I cope. I practice mindfulness by monitoring my self-talk because many times it is my saboteur, my inner bully. I truly believe that all the strength we need is available in the present moment–not the past or the future. I do my best to claim it. I pray for wisdom in all situations.

    5 months ago
  8. Mica

    I’m still seeking the answer at nearly 77 yrs old 😐

    5 months ago
    1. Diane

      Me too friend Mica….approaching 70 rapidly and still learning, growing (I hope) and practice, practice, practice! Be well 🥰🙏

      5 months ago
  9. Hermann-Josef

    By using skills that I practice in times when there is no chaos. like removing tension from the body. concentrate on breathing. being not judgmental. being aware of awareness. there is always peace, silence and yet aliveness

    5 months ago
  10. Diane

    I’m reminded of what Tara Brach calls the “sacred pause”. I suppose it is akin to what so many of you have described as simply breathe in, breathe out. I’m grateful for this question today, because this sacred pause is something that I aspire to and too often forget to practice in the moment. It speaks to my life-long codependent tendencies. I look forward to the joy and peace that comes from responding after a sacred pause with compassion and radical acceptance….instead of compulsively reacting. This is my prayer and my heart’s desire.
    Om Shanti friends…peace, peace ♥

    5 months ago
  11. Barb C

    Seems to me the cultivation of peace needs to happen well before chaotic moments so it has become more of a grounding and habit that is there to rely on in the chaos. Then I can remember to take in a deep breath, pause, breathe out, and remind myself that anything coming at me from other people is about them, not about me.

    I have the assurance of some chaos today and this question is very timely. I will meditate this morning before the particularly chaotic moments and do yoga at lunch after for a moving meditation.

    5 months ago
    1. Mica

      Thanks, Barb C – indeed, chaos is not the best place to cultivate anything good, is it? ‘Though I do like the image of trying to be aware, in chaos, of the need to cultivate peace. Warm wishes to you in the chaos of your day 🙂

      5 months ago
  12. c
    carol

    It will be my challenge to be mindful of my own state and taking action to calm my state and be a calm presence.

    5 months ago
  13. Mary Pat

    We have a very chaotic circumstance here, much more than a few moments. Your responses have helped me at this tragic time in our lives. Thank you,

    5 months ago
  14. Laura

    Breathe to calm myself. Identify what I can do to help. Act, not react.

    5 months ago
  15. Pilgrim

    Breathe in deeply and out slowly. I often put my hand over my pounding heart to remind me to do this. If another nearby seems panicky, I may try to make eye contact and bring them into the slower breathing. If the chaos is within a group/gathering, I am not sure what I would do, though I generally avoid large or unknown groups.

    5 months ago
    1. Mica

      Thank you, Dear Pilgrim, for your post. I’ve copied it to my gratefulness doc. It’s still hard for me to recognize you with your new ‘face’ but I’m glad to hear from you again 🙂 Hugs: {{{Pilgrim}}}

      5 months ago
    2. Diane

      Always a joy and blessing to be with you each Tuesday May you have a peace-filled day my friend.♥

      5 months ago
      1. Pilgrim

        Blessings and peace to you, my friend! I am a little late!

        5 months ago
  16. Lee Anne

    Breathing in, I arrive. Breathing out, I am home. Breathing seems to be at the core of many reflections today. When we calm ourselves, we help quiet the chaos. Mindful walking and breathing is an excellent practice with a bow to Thich Nhat Hanh for teaching this. When we invite the bell to ring or light a candle, the prayer is (Breathing in) Body, speech, and mind in perfect oneness; may my heart go along with the sound of the bell. (Breathing out) May all who listen awaken to forgetfulness and transcend the path of sorrow and anxiety. Namaste.

    5 months ago
  17. sunnypatti48317

    Pause. Breathe. Focus on the breath and pray.

    5 months ago
  18. Julian Daal Childers

    By reflecting on all of the chaotic moments that I have overcome and re-realize that everyting is always working out for me.

    5 months ago
    1. Mica

      Thanks, Julian – I like that. Now, if only I could remember when I’m angry at someone! 😐

      5 months ago
  19. EJP

    I would cultivate peace with strength and courage, wisdom and knowledge.

    5 months ago
  20. Michele

    stop and breath.
    prayer/meditation

    5 months ago
  21. Kevin

    “Remember to breathe, find your center, and be still.” Many years ago, I did a series of trainings on providing disaster relief and developing sudden death protocols, and these were the words of advice from one of our trainers. I’ve used this technique countless times ever since in all sorts of situations. When practiced successfully, it not only calms me, but it calms the room, too, when working with others.

    5 months ago
  22. Antoinette

    Keep letting go and accept this moment as I I asked for it.

    5 months ago
  23. Christine

    I could perhaps feel the sense of peace by thinking about it when I breathe consciously, by thinking about peace when I see that there is disharmony, asking for peace in prayer, by trying to take a peaceful attitude and then radiate peace. This is for the world.
    For my own live, my heart is at peace. I accept the situatian I am in at the moment.💛

    5 months ago

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