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I discover my joy, most of which for me is nature like many reflected on. However it is also being deeply connected with others.
Something or someone that brings a smile to your soul : )
The connectedness of All that is, all that I am, all that we are. It’s like when I’m surfing and lost in the moment on a wave just being and feeling the joy of life.
When I put the word awe into my document search engine, I found this entry from 2016. It addresses today’s question in a very personal way.
Nov 11 2016 Who Am I?
Good Morning, As my 12-step sponsor used to say, “When we know better we do better.”
I realized several years ago on Thanksgiving Day 1994 that I was fear personified. I was standing in front of my bathroom mirror. I picked up my hairbrush but the lady in the mirror did not pickup the hairbrush. She just stood there pleading to be seen and acknowledged. In that moment I understood the reason the Jewish God is called YAHWEH, the “I AM.” I understood that the question that every one needs to ask is “Who am I?” not “Who is God?” You see, I knew she was what I had become and I did not like what I saw but when I accepted it, it freed me to change. Acceptance freed my energy to become more of what we are all meant to be: FULLY HUMAN. Even typing those two words gifts me with the awe of being alive.
I wish I could tell you that acceptance was magical. It is not. Acceptance had to be renewed daily and some time I faltered and still do but this I know: To live the question “Who am I?” is to refuse to scapegoat others. To live the question “Who am I?” is to own one’s thoughts, feelings and actions. To live the question “Who am I?” is to forsake excuses. To live the question “Who am I?” is to be willing to evolve personally and know that in doing so, one is contributing creatively to the universal evolutionary process.
I close with the definition of Universe (Uni-One; Verse-Song) One song does not limit uniqueness or the creation of beautiful harmonies but it can turn fear into awe.
Thank you Carol! You inspire me to become the person I want to be. One that becomes joyful and not let fear rule the days.
That moment when the breath is taken away, is a moment of profound connection.
An all encompassing Presence that holds us close with Love and will never let us go.
I discovered my true belonging from times of awe, that we are made for joy. As I read more from the Awakening Joy book I’m realizing how much moments of awe help me tune into the channel of joy when I open my heart. Grateful for those times of awe!
I will have to check this book out. I do believe in finding what brings us Joy individually.
When I am in awe of something or
someone, I am drawn out of my
head and my internal machinations,
and Into the bigger world, and I am
made aware of how I fit into this life
and to be grateful for another
experience. I am fortunate to have
these experiences frequently.
Last evening it was the Great Horned
Owl that allowed us to sit and observe
It, before majestically flying away. And
this morning’s sunrise has been
I never was comforted by people just saying, “Be positive.” When I first discovered this site, the most meaningful thing to me was the recognition that terrible things happen but there is still awesome beauty. The moments of awe help us endure the pain of the world.
Amen, Rabbit 🙏
I have discovered that I’m just a small bit in this big beautiful flow of life but what an extraordinary privilege and blessing it is to be that one small bit.
The connectedness I share with all other living beings and to the earth. We all are of the universe, and we all have the universe in us.
How minute we are within the universe. I’ve found gratitude and appreciation for what has created the awe and how wonderful that I have the opportunity to experience it
Deeply touching, as if the sun rises silently at the horizon in its full magic beauty, slowly unfolding its shimmering light while giving birth to another day, leaving me humble and deeply grateful for being allowed to experience such a moment of wonder.
Your response is beautiful. Thank you. 🌤️☀️
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