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  1. C
    Conchita

    at times I feel overwhelmed being through that cycle it’s a good reminder when in doubt take a break pause and look at your blessings you will learn how beautiful life is

    6 months ago
  2. O.Christina

    For me it first of all means to bring alive the beauty of my space again, it means to simply declutter and do the usual spring cleaning. Happy weekend ahead! 😂

    6 months ago
  3. Don Jones

    Through creating, with the hands and with Love.

    6 months ago
  4. pkr

    I am so blessed to live in a neighborhood with redwood trees, beautiful flowers & birds. I set an intention each day to walk, to get outside, to pay homage to the Almighty. These walks, this time with Mother Nature has been, is my therapy as I grieve & heal from the loss of my beloved brother & mother. I am sad & feel alone, however when I walk amidst the big trees I don’t feel so alone.
    There is so much beauty all around, we just have to make an intention to look for it. ❤️

    6 months ago
    1. sparrow

      My heart goes out to you,
      Dear pkr
      on the loss of your brother and your mother.
      I too,
      experienced this loss last fall…
      my mother to cancer in October.
      and my brother to covid in November.
      Grief lies heavily on the soul…
      the pain of it is palpable.
      Nature is a balm,
      and I am grateful you find some peace there.
      Please know you are not alone…
      I hold you close
      with love…
      sparrow ♥️

      6 months ago
      1. pkr

        Sparrow, I am sorry for you loss, too. Yes, it hurts, some days more than others. I hope you too find peace in Mother Nature. She is truly a “balm” as you say. Thank you for kind sentiment & your love. Love & comfort to you.❤️🙏❤️

        6 months ago
        1. sparrow

          I do find peace in Mother Nature,
          dear pkr . . .
          be well,
          and know all is well
          with love…
          sparrow ♥

          6 months ago
      2. Barb C

        I am here with you both. My father, mother, and one of my brothers died two years apart. In the park near my home someone installed a Telephone of the Wind, for talking to your loved ones. I walk to the tree every so often and the trees and the quiet bring them closer. (It’s a beautiful concept; more here https://www.thenewstribune.com/news/state/washington/article256099607.html.)

        6 months ago
        1. Michele

          thank you for sharing but that link did not work – I ended up googled it. I love this concept and this made me think of my mom who loved the wind too.
          Thank you.

          6 months ago
        2. sparrow

          No one of us
          gets through our lives
          without suffering loss,
          and I share you pain,
          dear Barb…
          The Telephone of the Wind
          sounds lovely,
          and as Nature does,
          I’m sure it is a comfort to those who go there
          feel healing within…
          maybe the idea will spread
          with love…
          sparrow ♥
          ps. I just realized that there are these ‘telephones’
          in other parts of the world as well.

          6 months ago
        3. sparrow

          Thank you for sharing your kindness with me,
          dear Barb…
          none of us get through our lives
          without suffering and pain,
          but it helps to here it expressed from others…
          your link does not work,
          so I will google Telephone of the Wind.
          Healing takes its own time
          with love…
          sparrow ♥

          6 months ago
        4. pkr

          Barb C., thank you. I will definitely look up the Telephone of the Wind. I love the concept! I am sorry for your losses. Sending you love. ❤️

          6 months ago
        5. sparrow

          No one of us escapes grief and suffering,
          dear Barb…
          I feel for your losses.
          The link didn’t work for me,
          but I love the idea
          of the Telephone of the Wind.
          I will google it for more information.
          I find solace in Nature always
          and sense that you do too
          with love…
          sparrow ♥️

          6 months ago
  5. Charlie T

    By shifting my focus outward. I’m very lucky to live in a very beautiful place with a beautiful partner and two beautiful cats.

    6 months ago
  6. Chris Berry

    Step outside the door, walk through to the woods, breathe & simply listen.

    6 months ago
  7. Barb C

    Years ago I read that you shouldn’t have anything in your home that isn’t either useful or beautiful, preferably both. We’ve downsized a lot and I continue to let go of things that someone else can appreciate. At the same time I’ve bought some art and other items because they delight my eyes and I’ll continue to do that–make room for beauty. This question reminds me that I should stop and truly look at the things I’ve brought into our home and appreciate them.

    6 months ago
  8. sparrow

    by finding beauty
    in things I never thought were beautiful before . . .

    6 months ago
    1. Barb C

      I love this answer. We find what we seek, we see what we look for.

      6 months ago
      1. sparrow

        Yes.
        dear Barb…
        I think so too.

        6 months ago
  9. Chester

    Clean house relentlessly – literally and figuratively, in the space that surrounds and in the space within our selves.

    6 months ago
    1. A
      Ana Maria

      Thank you! I so need to do this! I am about to retire in June, I will finally be able to get rid of things in all my surrundings. My heart is so ready to let it all go. I need the space for beauty, to find the space in my heart that needs calm. I am ready, I am ready!

      6 months ago
  10. Michele

    I love nature and am grateful for it everyday. I’m lucky I have beautiful peacocks in my neighborhood, oak trees with Spanish moss, various birds, beaches, springs, and parks. I’m always looking up and down and being observant. Have a great weekend everyone:)

    6 months ago
  11. Hermann-Josef

    somehow I deleted my reflection below. sorry for that

    6 months ago
  12. c
    carol

    be it pain or pleasure,
    remember,
    seek the treasure

    6 months ago
  13. devy

    By actively setting time aside for it. Going outside and enjoying nature that god has provided. By focusing on it in a present mind and being grateful for nature’s wonders and offerings.

    6 months ago
  14. Laura

    Setting an intention, slowing down, pausing will create “space” to see and experience the beauty that is always around me.

    6 months ago
  15. sunnypatti48317

    I have made an effort to appreciate all of the beauty in my life a little more lately. Several weeks back, I realized how my job was stealing my life. I chose the role; I chose to move up. Moving up in the current working environment has been exhausting, to say the least particularly when you work for a multi-billion dollar company who is not following suit and raising wages like other companies are doing, which in turn effects the workforce.

    Anyhow, I had a realization that I didn’t have to stay in my role. Imagine that! I am stepping down, taking on a role with a more set schedule, which will allow me more time in my little garden, more time with loved ones, more dinners at home with my husband, more time for my YTT…. the beautiful things in my life that have been on the sidelines trying to wave me in.

    As I am off today, I’m going to pull weeds from my little garden, talk to my tomato plant, baby fig tree and flowers, and lay in the grass under the cloudy warm sky. And I will be grateful for the opportunity and the changes that are in my very near future (two weeks from Monday, I am going to be the Cheese Buyer!).

    6 months ago
    1. A
      Ana Maria

      Congratulations! You have made a decision that brings the power back to you. I am about to retire and as I look back I can see that these last ten years have brough so much stress, so much giving with out replenishing the well. It has dried out. I am a front line worker, I have not stoped during the pandemic, I am tired. I am so glad for the opportunity to retire next month. My heart needs healing, my soul needs rest. I pray everyday for this transition. It feels like a train going at 1000 miles per minute. It will be hard to come to a full stop. But I will and I must.

      6 months ago
      1. sunnypatti48317

        Thank you, Ana Maria! It feels good to be gaining my power back. Stepping down was not an easy choice, but I’m so glad to be doing it. I feel you on the tired thing! I can’t imagine the level of tired being in your line of work, as it’s been hard enough in grocery retail (and “upscale” grocery retail takes it to a different level). I’m excited for you being able to retire. It will be a big transition for sure, but one you will settle into and appreciate as you get to relax into the rest of your life. Next month is right around the corner! Congratulations to you, too 🙂

        6 months ago
    2. Barb C

      Ooooh, cheese! So many delightful flavors and colors and textures and aromas and shapes. Beauty in the cheese case for sure.

      6 months ago
      1. sunnypatti48317

        I love cheese, and totally appreciate all of the different artisan goodies. I ran the wine & cheese department before I went over to the wellness dept., so this will be an easy transition and a fun one as well!

        6 months ago
  16. Mary Pat

    First, I can slow down and just listen and look around me. It is around 5 AM here, and I can hear the birds through the windows chirping, and to me that is beauty. Looking at my veggie starts that are under the LED lights, just waiting to be planted outside is another form of beauty to me. Watching the sun waking up is the promise of another beautiful day, and knowing I can take our dog for a walk this morning is another type of beauty. It is all around me!

    6 months ago
  17. EJP

    No more space is needed…..beauty is already there. All I must do is open my eyes, open my heart and soul and recognize the beauty that always surrounds me.

    6 months ago
    1. Barb C

      Something like this was my first thought too. Thank you for expressing it so well.

      6 months ago
  18. Kevin

    Recently, I have made it a point to intentionally walk out in our yard early in the morning just before the sun comes up, not to do a specific thing or chore, but to be, just be, and observe all that is around me in sight, sound, and early morning fragrance.

    Today’s question is a good one for me because it’s all too easy for me to jump in and do the next thing that needs to get done early in the morning, returning emails, managing our Quaker meeting website, or doing something else that seems to be clamoring for attention.

    6 months ago
  19. Antoinette

    Thank you Herman ! I was actually caught in this exact mind trap yesterday! It was an actual trap – I grateful for the light of mindfulness shedding a sharp light on the falseness of what my mind was getting up to. Freedom is available when we use wisdom to let go of falseness.

    6 months ago
  20. Antoinette

    Grateful eyes look at each thing as if they had never seen it before and caress it as if they would never see it again.
    The quote of the day from brother David is a beautiful reminder of what each moment is showing us- another quote I love is from Thay: happiness is available, help yourselves to it.
    I was listing to Thay speaking this morning and he brought up a talk that he had with brother David. He said that he could see that the flower is a manifestation of the kingdom of god. The kingdom of god or The dharma Kia is available to us at every moment. We have to be available to it ourselves.
    This brings me to the question of the day – I am available to this beautiful space of the present moment and I’m gratefully open.

    6 months ago
  21. Christine

    My life is very regular life. That is caused by mourning. Mourning and tiredness, mourning and bad food, mourning and bad sleep, mourning and little exercises are bad combinations. And…. I promised my husband Karel to take very good care of myself. The nice thing about a regular life is that there is a lot of time for beauty. Lots of time to spend in nature, behind the piano, with a nice book, meditate. I wouldn’t want to organize my life any other way. I am satisfied.

    6 months ago
    1. Hermann-Josef

      It seems that Karel left a great treasure for you. You must be a wonderful being Christine…

      6 months ago
      1. Christine

        If so…..I am in very good company here Hermann-Josef. Much inspiration comes from you and all the other grateful souls on this website. Thank you for sharing messages with us here too.

        6 months ago

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