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By taking care of myself. There is a new variant, and none of us are immune. They suspect the vaccines won’t help with this one. By taking care of myself-washing my hands, staying away from crowded places, all the things we have been told in the past almost two years- I can model to others how to react in difficult situations. I am lucky because we have an Open Space very close where I can walk among the trees in Nature, and making sure in my schedule to get out there is very important to my mental health. Meditation is always a struggle for me, but something I can do as well. Just those two things can make a difference in myself and others I come in contact with…
When meeting someone, to stay aware and with my heart open and to give whatever I may be able to offer, giving space for what is meant to be in that moment. Then things will have a chance to arrive at the “right” place, without me controlling it.
Honoring everyone’s opinions and safety. I know that if I am sick, I need to stay home just to make sure I do not infect anyone. Also, whether someone is vax or anti-vax, I want them to feel welcomed and not judge them for their own opinions.
I especially appreciated the word for the day “love wholeheartedly”.
I’ve continued my practice of looking for what’s good in the world; the global health crisis hasn’t changed that, as far as I know. I’ve found in my more than seventy years on this planet that smiling, saying please and thank you consistently helps move people I see from a posture of uncertainty to a willingness to consider smiling back. It doesn’t always work, but nothing works consistently. At least I tried — and for now, it’s enough.
It was a time of deep pain and challenges for me, for my family, for my country. it is still a time of challenges.
but also a time to overcome them.
Then, times of creativity, quiet joy, kindness.
Protecting me, taking my booster dose, always wearing my facial mask, for myself and for the sake of others.
Keeping legal distance, the most difficult but necessary thing.
Be kind. Stay conscious. Act safely so we don’t put others at risk.
Wonderful (as usual) to read all of the inspiring contributions. My absence from this amazing forum doesn’t mean I don’t read them frequently, but not contributing is my loss entirely. It is a special day for so many people, although not for many here in Ireland. I wish you all -contributors and staff – another day of Thanksgiving and Gratefulness.
I can’t resist a quotation from Seneca which seems apt for today’s question:
“Will I not walk in the footsteps of my predecessors? I will indeed use the ancient road — but if I find another route that is more direct and has fewer ups and downs, I will stake out that one. Those who advanced these doctrines before us are not our masters but our guides. The truth lies open to all; it has not yet been taken over. Much is left also for those yet to come.” (Letters to Lucilius, XXXIII.11)
Love to all, Pollyanna
It’s great to see you back Pollyanna! I’ve missed your reflections:)
Thank you, Michele. 🙏
By being honest and communicative about what’s going on. Making referrals and noncompliance with behaviors i know are wrong.
Hmmm, I don’t know. So, I try to keep an openness, devotion to spiritual practice, pay attention to the details of what I do in all aspects of my life within a context of not harming and helping where I am able. Sometimes the internal dialogue can stray into helplessness and a feeling of just giving up on myself, but they haven’t gone beyond a fleeting thought. The deeper message that emerges is to continue to be devoted and that is my fuel. The paradoxical tug-of-war for me is the deep knowing of all inclusiveness, Divine Love and Grace and the aloneness, cold community conversation and the abundance of selfishness that permeates my daily path. Attention, integrity and devotion is the salve to the open sore and when I feel my head dropping, be mindful to lift my gaze.
How ‘bout if we/I just be kind to each other….Everyone has been affected by this “pandemic” in ways I/We cannot even begin to describe. Everyone is hurting, stressed, worried, sad, upset…….we are all going thru something. Just being kind, helpful, compassionate, understanding, non-judgemental might make it easier for all of us. Help when & where you can. Be kind, be nice, smile, offer help, do something, anything…. Pray, send out waves of blessings, & waves of thanksgivings & gratitude….Let us all treat one another with respect & love, PLEASE…..🙏
Happy Thanksgiving to All here…🙏❤️🙏
Stay positive and reach out to others. Be happy.
I Try to strengthen my physical and psychic immunesystem to stay in a positive mood for sharing it with my surrounding.
Continue as our outstanding public health officer Dr Bonnie Henry has enjoined us in BC since the beginning: “Be calm, be kind, be safe.” I am grateful for her and all in front line health care, pandemic research, vaccine distribution, every single day. It’s not over yet, not at all.
I practice self-compassion and I think that being kind to myself helps me extend kindness to others. I am finding that meditation helps me to rest in stillness which is helping me connect deeply with others. I think paying attention in this way is a healing force in the world!
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