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By reflecting on my conditioning. By forgiving. By reflecting on what I need to do to evolve. By accepting that dissatisfaction is a good thing as it promotes change. By contemplating the heart-mind of renunciation and bodhichitta. Celebrating the capacity to evolve.
By maintaining connections. By being kind. By living in this moment. By staying awake to the world around me.
Because I have spent many years taking care of others I do try to celebrate me by doing something good for myself! My last birthday i went to a spa in Newport RI (Hydrotherapy)! Life is too short and I learned that when my Mother passed away when I was 40. I also love to travel , my eye has been on Europe in the last several years but I also seek out the best deals!
I have started working on my sleep habits recently. I have made some behavior modifications–nothing major–that have helped me get a minimum of seven hours of sleep each night for a little while now. Part of this involves making decisions about simply not doing certain activities, especially at night. (Of course, being more tired at night helps me put these things off.) I feel like I am giving myself permission to prioritize my wellbeing, and acting with that intention is shifting my attitude so that I slow down more and value my time more. I see it as a way of honoring the precious time that I have.
Any time I manage to be centered in the now, life is joyful, peaceful and some of the universal love shines through and radiates out to others around. It is celebration to me. And even more so if expanding and shared with kindred people, friends and loved ones. Deep silent joy. Another great way to celebrate life I feel is singing together and dancing.
By realizing its fullest potential. Create every day and look for those forces which are the catalysts – the spark that enables me to be a force for positiveness, inclusiveness and understanding.
By fully appreciating every day; no matter what it brings or how I feel. It may be hard sometimes…today, I feel awful….scratchy throat, coughing up a storm, headache (from coughing)….hoping it is just a virus…or my allergies acting up since I am in a different envoronment. Sometimes, I get sick like this when I have been stressed. The other day driving through Houston in our motorhome had me a wreck…soon after this came on…BUT!! I am grateful for this day…and for this amazing community of people.
I like to think that living a life to touch other lives, no matter how small the gesture, will bring one the most joy. I find that when I am thinking about myself, whether that be through jealousy or self-absorption, I tend not to be a very happy person. However, when I do kind things for others, even as small as smiling at someone, I feel happier. So to actively celebrate and honor this precious life, I think it is essential to live life in the service of others to help make the world a little better than it was yesterday.
Practice mindfulness…be in the NOW…be grateful for the gift of life…be kind to yourself, to others, to animals, to Mother Nature…Practice these Toltec principles as they are compatible with all religions: be impeccable with your word, Don’t take things personally, don’t make assumptions, always do your best…As Br. David says “Stop, Look, Go!…Always remember that “What is Is” so learn from it…Evolve
I just found this quote from one of Howard Thurman”s sermons I find that it address the importance of our species being willing to evolve. In it he points out the importance of one’s point of view. It challenges us to have the point of view of the prophet. He says:
“…”that is that human life, as well as the lives of nations, takes place within a context that is dynamic. That always when I am in the presence of any event, I am caught in an encounter with a series of potentials that spread out in the widest possible directions and with the most amazing variety of variation. So that if I am alert in the presence of the event, I seek to deal with the event in terms not merely of what it says, what it looks like, but in terms of what seems to me to be the dynamics of the event, the potentials of the event. Do you deal with events of your life in that way? Do you believe that life is really dynamic? That it isn’t quite finished yet? That not only are you involved always in a circling series of potentials, but that you are potential. You, potential. And no time band, no time interval is able quite to contain you and the dynamics of your life and your situation. Do you believe that? “
To celebrate and honor this precious life, we should be present in every moment. Each moment we experience is one we will never get back, and in the grand scheme of all time, we are here and alive for one insignificant blip on the timeline, too short to not be present and to not enjoy that small amount of time we are given. For example, when we are spending time with those we love, we should cherish each moment of that time and not be concerned with other things we need to do that day, places you’d rather be, etc., because you don’t know how much time left you might have with that person. And once they’re gone, you’ll be regretting every missed moment.
It is also important to spend time doing the things you love, taking up new hobbies, experiencing different things, and enjoying the many different things life has to offer. To honor and celebrate life, it needs to be experienced, and when that time is up, and you look back on it, the things you will remember are the things you experienced and cherished.
By living fully, with awareness of what is or may be possible, what is beautiful/inviting, what difference I may be able to make in the world – close in and farther out. Self-care is important, as is asking for help, staying curious and grateful. Nature – trees, bodies of water, creatures large and small … appreciating these, paying attention. The squirrels are busy this morning, even in the rain. So fun, out my window. My life and location are an honor and a privilege
By being present and aware.
By living this day all the way out to the edges! (And enjoying the abundant snow outside my door and walkway that awaits shoveling. What’s another 2 inches on top of 10 🙂
By focusing on joy and delight whenever possible, even if small moments
Yesterday was a gloomy, drizzly day. But trudging to work, who did I encounter on the city sidewalk? Three turkeys. Fun!
Maeve, I love the word “Trudge”. I found a different and excellent definition of it in an antique dictionary. “To walk with intention.” That changes how I “walk” entirely.
Carla, 12-Step teaches one to: Trudge the road to one’s destiny…thanks for sharing the antique definition for trudge…”To walk with intention”… YES…For I have found that one’s intention determines one’s attention!
I am honoring my life by listening to my body as I am dealing with Covid right now. I just lost my sense of smell yesterday. I still feel drained, nasally, coughing gets exhausting – mostly at night. My brother also lost his sense of smell too. One day at a time:) Positive affirmations help too.
Awful you have to deal with this. When the nights are hard, the days are hard. Hope things get better for you soon. ❤️🐇
Thank you Rabbit:)
Michele, May the Divine Healer continue to enfold you and those close to you with COVID and bring healing with no aftermath. I pray you may allow your body to rest and “be”. Peace.
Thank you Carla:)
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