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Smile. Treat people that I come into contact with warmth. A smile goes a long way. I sometime find myself avoiding eye contact with others or not saying hi to people I know. I believe this may be doing me a disservice. I fear not being liked but I don’t always show up in a way that is particularly likable. I feel down on myself. Can’t me being myself as I feel in the moment simply be enough?
I can show up as my best self exactly where I’m now and with what I already have by being present, focused, and appreciating the moment before it’s gone. engaging and being active and resisting the state of passivity and withdrawal. Being humble and accepting that I’ll make many mistakes and look like a fool and embrace it. presence, humility, and gratefulness.
By paying attention to what my needs are in the moment. That usually is meditation before other things, and sets me on a positive path for the day….which I am going to do right now….may all be filled with loving kindness, but safe, be happy, live with ease….
My day has not started very well, and I feel sleepless and grumpy. But I can do ‘the next right thing’. In each moment, as the choice between darkness and light presents itself, I can choose love, laughter, kindness – and my day will brighten.
I can show up and be truthful. Yes, I am shameful, prideful, angry and fearful – I see these delusions- delusional emotions for what they are. Letting go is about dying.
This false self full of – it self which is false needs to go. This “I” who is full itself needs to die.
I can show up today, with whatever comes up and let it die . This may sound violent to some, but now I see much more clearly how this false self is the root of all the delusions.
I’m grateful for this meditation and the true universe/God/Buddha/Allah who I trust immeasurably. Thank you for showing me.
Tomorrow, self hopefully will guide us wisely when a very ill young man and me will try to deeply approach aspects of his self for the sake of healing, if possible and meant to be. Just had finished preparing possible music to possibly and hopefully supporting him in this endeavor with all my heart.
Warm wishes to you, Ose, and to the very ill young man, and to tomorrow’s [ad]venture 🙂
. . . by stopping the focus on my perceived flaws . . .
Do I need to show up as my best self exactly where I am now and with what I already have? 🙂
I’m reminded of a quilter who said ALL our quilts, even charity quilts, must be perfect, and I replied that the man for whom the UCSB Physics Dept is named said, “Do every experiment as poorly as possible.” I want my quilts to be sturdy and attractive – AND I want to enjoy making them, so they are never perfect. The physicist’s example was a phd project that sent an elaborately built device into space – and the device turned out not to be able to measure the wavelengths it needed to measure! ‘Poorly as Possible’ would have been more useful. 😐
One of my favorite sayings is “Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly”
Thank you, Alex-Anna – that one’s new to me! ‘Because some progress is better than none’ according to this post: https://medium.com/the-partnered-pen/if-a-thing-is-worth-doing-its-worth-doing-poorly-32f866b12168
The author says, ” I think it was my grandfather who first told me that if a job’s worth doing, it’s worth doing well” and she took it to heart – until the pandemic.
I can meet people where they are. No need to judge, or wish they were different. I have a two week trip coming up to another country and I plan to be as present and accepting of differences as I can, including my traveling companion!
What Hermann said…
I can show up as my best self where I am now and with what I already have by being open to sharing insights I have gained through my life experiences, helping others to grow in wisdom during their own journeys.
Being my humbled and honest self. This is the only way I can share my self with other’s
I can show up as my best self by being love & kindness.
I can shine my “love light” bright & sow good seeds. I can be a ripple.
Happy July All. 🐰🐰❤️
Rabbit Rabbit, pkr 🙂
It is not my self. How could I possess it. The person Hermann is a facet of the self. It is always, everywhere and beyond that. But at the moment the person Hermann could show up best by cleaning the apartment so that he may have a quiet weekend.
Agreed. The part of me that could be the best myself cleaned the inside of the car and planted a hydrangea today. Tomorrow the best myself will hopefully maw the lawn and replant some peonies and then sit in my garden and listen to the birds, the sound of the leaves in the wind. And if my cat joins me on my lap he will think that I am being my best self by making him purr. I will also think of Hermann’s musings on being one’s best self because he gave me the best answer to the question I had no answer to. Thank you, Hermann. 🙂
I can show up as my best self exactly where I am now and with what I already have by staying in the present. By not allowing my mind to ruminate over the past or become anxious about the future I have a chance to be my best self now.
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