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My meditation practice is starting to grow results. The peace and calm that is generated by sitting quietly reflecting on the love of mother earth and the universe, is starting to bring about a state of calmness within me which is going with me throughout the day. In that way, each task that I engage in becomes opportunity for gratefulness. That then cements that attitude within my heart and is reflected, I hope, to others throughout the day. I don’t manifest love perfectly, but I would hope I am better than I was a year ago.
It centres me in the now and also feels comfortable that there is some structure to it. I like to make tea and make it in a particular way and I think there is a reverence in it.
That has to win as the single word answer of the month!
Oh thank you, Malag –
It feels great!
When I bring reverence to running, I see how incredible it is that my limbic system is releasing endorphins that give me that “runner’s high.” Since the limbic system is the gateway to mystical experience, perhaps I can remember that I am closer to the Divine within myself when I am running.
When the door to deep respect opens, it is like opening the door to the Divine. There comes a realization that this happening unfolding before me is beyond my ability to comprehend or understand. Yet, at the same time there is a deep knowing. I call it Grace.
Well said Don.
Wonderful, Don Jones.
When doing something, like listening to others which is some of my daily activity to a large extent, full and undivided attention is usually there towards the one I am listening to. It feels humbling to be there in this way, as well to be allowed to listening deeply to others is creating a kind atmosphere where there is space for unfolding what needs to unfold, and often gratefulness is there on both sides for the opportunity, and some silent joy sometimes even if may be difficult things might be expressed. To me it feels that this way often includes many other activities also, no matter if I just do the dishes or cleaning the floor or wrapping a gift with love and reverence. Although sometimes doing might decline to just routine when my heart and mind is occupied with something else, very often mindfulness is there, which I feel includes reverence also, but not explicitly. Still, when pondering about it, may be giving attention to reverence while doing daily activities could deepen the connection with the source? I will try it out. Thank to the Gratefulness-team you for this question.
I love your post dear Ose, so deeply rooted in your daily life and your kind soul.
It is not easy to bring reverence during the routine.
Especially the domestic routine … it is so strange that our source shows His magnificence both where the amazement grows and where the routine manifests itself.
Absolute peace of heart; a feeling of being washed by the energy of a waterfall; feeling so incredibly open and one with the universe that I cannot contain all the goodness that I feel. I have come to know that reverence in brief moments as described by Brother Lawrence.
I haven’t done that for a long time. I will start today–this is a beautiful idea.
Me too. I started.
Contentment. This is enough, I am enough.
Release; to relinquish the ideas and expectations of how life ought to be going.
Calmness…infused with Awe
But words are just words if they are not back-up by examples, so ……. this article serves good purpose to put meaning to “calmness” and “reverence”
http://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20210421-the-gentle-crafts-that-bring-peaceIn his introduction to Handmade in Japan, the distinguished Japanese architect Kengo Kuma suggests that the power of his country’s crafts derives from their gentleness and inherent peacefulness. It is certainly the case that even the swords and knives have an unexpected calm about them, which is suggestive of all the time and care that has gone into them. They are a sort of philosophical gift for humankind, Kuma suggests. Peace goes into them and peace ripples outward from them.
I sometimes come to the state of consciousness, presence, and connection to the world I am experiencing.
It feels good because I find it truly brings me into the present moment, increases my self-awareness and helps me to relax into what I’m doing. I’m a “human” who is “being” not just “doing,” living not just existing. Today’s quote encourages the cultivation of such presence and self-awareness.
I’m glad for the opportunity to be reminded of this. I often get caught up in the tasks and errands of life, considering them duties and things to be checked off the to-do list. Considering the reverence and sacredness of each act, each sound, each sight, each interaction, helps to keep me present, consider it’s necessity in my life and looking for the wonder, gift or learning it might bring me.
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