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Compassion, kindness, wisdom, diligence, mindfulness, forgiveness, equanimity, acceptance, patience, concentration, appreciation … to know that this exists in my being and to expand these capacities. The questions and reflections, friends, writings, poets, et inspire.
To open up, to be aware of fear but not let it rule my feelings, to connect with the heart. Be inspired by you all here who share, in meditation, speaking with friends, playing music also.
Eventually I would like to do more community service and give back. Right now working FT and supporting my daughter both emotionally and financially have been like working 2 jobs. I took a class on “Invitation to Change” and have been reading and doing many family support groups for addiction so it is taking up a lot of my time but I know in my heart it is the right focus for me right now.
I almost feel like looking for inspiration comes before knowing how I want to grow. That is to say, I look at what interests or inspires me and try to determine what I can take from it. Right now, inquisitiveness and patience come to mind.
There is the desire to be more than I am in the moment – an unwillingness to let my mind remain in the pettiness where it idles – a desire to increase the boundaries of my self – a desire to feel more – a desire to grow, improve, purify, expand. I used to interpret this inner push as meaning that there was some one thing out there that I wanted to be or do or have. I have spent too much of this life trying to find what is already here. I realize now, thank God, it is releasing more of me – an unfolding.
I would like to grow my ability to express myself creatively in both words and image. I have a character who has been hanging out in the fringes for some time. Perhaps she is ready to venture out into the world. Recent inspiration is from E.E. Milne, Charles Schultz, Enchanted Lion Press in NYC, and Pema Chodron. Also all at gratefulness.org and each of you who contribute to this question and community daily. Very deep gratitude. You really do make my day, many mornings … Best for much beauty in your day!
I would like to grow in presence, kindness, patience, empathy, and gratitude. I would like to live more true to my values and have my actions reflect my beliefs rather than just old thought patterns.
I would like to be more disciplined about my writing and more accepting of my physical limitations. As Yram shared (paraphrase)growing can be painful but every spiritual path accents the need to wake-up, to be present, to be an instrument of evolution. When I die, I want to die awake. I want to grow in whatever ways lead the energies that fuel Carol and return to the Soul of Life to be loving and uplifting. I want to contribute to the evolution of this mystery of which we all are a part.
My first reaction was I don’t want to grow. Many times it hurts and takes more effort than I can stir up. But as I said that, I am eager to make my remaining years vibrant and whole. I find support from authors and others who have preceeded me and who are with me now.
Each day I open my eyes and I am grateful to wake up to have another new day not hung over. For the past 11 months I have been practicing to grow (develop) into a better version of Joseph. This is not the first time I have quit drinking but I feel better mentally than any other time. It is due to my practices…this site being one of them. Thanks to all who share here and all who support this site.
I would like to grow my levels of tolerance for coping and living with chronic pain caused by A.S. I am getting help and some inspiration from other people who live with Ankylosing Spondylitis, but on many days when my pain levels are flaring I could use more.
I would like to grow in my career (Tissue Bank). I have lots of great inspiration because I work with awesome people and there are opportunities to grow at my work, which makes me grateful:)
This beautiful bright winter morning with a blue sky is inspiration to expressed my gratitude for being able to live on a planet that is so beautiful! I grow in gratitude with brother David ! Thank you !
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