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  1. Anna

    The love I receive from my family and a lot of friends.
    Trusting God.

    4 weeks ago
  2. O.Christina

    Once I was told “don´t believe in anything, take care of everything” would be a perspective to approach the world. It leaves space to embrace all which is, and all beyond. A loving and caring perspective. Thank you.

    1 month ago
  3. Robin Ann

    Having hope, prayers, faith and practicing gratitude.

    1 month ago
  4. A
    ActiveD5

    Learning from the past, enjoying the good memories, living in the present and accepting in and dreaming about the future.

    1 month ago
  5. Barb C

    First I have to share a very short poem by Galway Kinnell that couldn’t be more perfect for this question, from the collection of mindfulness poems that Phyllis Cole-Dai curated for three years. Sharing it here in its entirety; if you go to https://www.ayearofbeinghere.com/2013/09/galway-kinnell-prayer.html Phyllis shared a video of the poet reading his poem and sharing his delight in its wording.

    “Prayer”

    Whatever happens. Whatever
    *what is* is is what
    I want. Only that. But that.

    What helps me embrace life as it is rests on a lot of reading about Buddhism I’ve done over the years. Many teachers, much wisdom. All the feelings I create in my mind around a person or an event are things I do to myself. Life can present enough challenges without me adding more rocks to my pack. And paying attention to the life I’m living right now, this moment, provides so much joy and delight in so many small moments that will never come again.

    More recently the book Four Thousand Weeks by Oliver Burkeman reinforced my recognition that living the life I’m actually living is how I make the most of it–not ignoring it in my haste to make it something different.

    1 month ago
    1. Lydia

      living the life I’m actually living is how I make the most of it–not ignoring it in my haste to make it something different. Thanks Barb, so clear and simply put. I will try to put your words into practice today!

      4 weeks ago
  6. sunnypatti

    Remembering that I am not in control of what’s happening around me and trusting that everything happens as it’s supposed to.

    1 month ago
  7. Yram

    St. Terese of Avila prayer:
    Let nothing disturb (rattle) you all things are passing….
    In “good times” I stop, look, go.
    In rougher times, I stop, look, go.
    This site and all the resources!
    Thank you.

    1 month ago
  8. Charlie T

    Seeing things as they are, is one of my
    daily goals. Catching myself when I say
    “I wish” or any other statement that
    obscures reality behind a vail of
    wishful thinking or desire for situations
    and people to be different.

    1 month ago
    1. Avril

      Also “I should.”

      1 month ago
  9. Josie

    My daily meditation practice is essential.

    1 month ago
    1. Avril

      Oh yes! Every day.

      1 month ago
  10. Carol

    What a relief it was when I realized the importance of not turning a situation into a problem. That perspective changes everything.

    1 month ago
    1. Joseph McCann

      A sage realization Carol. Thank you.

      1 month ago
  11. Ngoc Nguyen

    As my life embraces me for who I am, I reflect on my childhood. When I was a little girl, I was often teased by many kids in town because of my disability. At first, they didn’t understand. However, I later became friends with these kids. Life presents us with both good and bad experiences. Alongside my hope for goodness, I am aware that sometimes I must also embrace the unwanted things that come into my life.

    1 month ago
    1. Avril

      I like how you said, I have to embrace the unwanted.

      1 month ago
  12. Rabbit

    Sometimes I try to have a word for the year. This year I knew it should be something about changing perspective or finding a better way to look at things. Then I realized that I often do that, but I don’t seem to take it to heart. So, I came up with the word embrace. So, not only to I need to see a different way or see something new, but I need to make it part of my life and myself. Now I just have to figure out how to embrace the more loving and beautiful way. But how? Art, writing, where I look, the way I talk of things?

    1 month ago
    1. Yram

      Good to see your post. A nice choice in word for the year.

      1 month ago
    2. Carol

      Thank you Rabbit

      1 month ago
  13. Eeevvv

    My breath, the sunshine, walking barefoot and the gratefulness for all of these simple things that reconnect me to what really matters

    1 month ago
    1. Mary Mantei

      The simplicity of grounding oneself, beautiful EEEVVV. Thank you for the reminders.

      1 month ago
  14. Joseph McCann

    I began on this path of discovery two years ago. I was and am seeking a calmer mind and a life not enslaved to alcohol. I was led to Brother Davids video, A Grateful Day, from an eight-week course from Palouse Mindfulness. That led me to this site. I have also now read and listened to many like-minded authors and speakers. Living in the Now, being present, awareness of what is, the inexplicable beauty and wonder of our home, earth, has helped to invite that monkey in my mind into my lap rather than trying to shoot him. This practice, embodiment of gratefulness, has helped immensely. The monkey found a room in the addict portion of my mind and likes it so much he stayed. We are holding a truce and the concept of embracing life as it is today, this day that is given to me, has helped to keep the truce whole one more day.

    1 month ago
    1. Don Jones

      You have your monkeys, I have my kangaroos loose in the top paddock, ever keen to create chaos. But the unwillingness to get entangled in their antics seems to keep the turbulence at bay.

      1 month ago
    2. Josie

      The concept of “holding a truce ” vs. trying to shoot the monkey is a very helpful image for me, Joseph. Love your writing style. It conveys so much by sparking my imagination. Namaste.

      1 month ago
    3. Carol

      Joseph, Wise words…that monkey is always there, hoping we will forget to live in the Now and wander into the past or future where it reigns.

      1 month ago
    4. Avril

      Thank you Joseph

      1 month ago
  15. Michele

    Nature, people, places, mindset

    1 month ago
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