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I feel like I’ve matured in love. I feel like I can genuinely love anyone truly, without the need to “own” them in any way.
I can express my love and deal with them better.
Since finding Grateful.org I feel less anxious and stressed. I have accepted that I can not change my daughter’s
current non-sober circumstances. I also belong to a support group called “Thrive” for families dealing with addiction. I am taking care of myself
and doing the things that bring me joy. I have also learned a great deal from everyone’s reflections. Thank you and Happy Spring!
Loving Kindness you way Robin Ann.
Perhaps an increased awareness – those things that are in plain sight and taken for granted, but now I see clearer as to what they are. For example, my grandfather, father and brothers all served their country in the military, my grandfather giving his life in service of his country. The common denominator for the work of all these men was my mother. My mother as a loving and caring daughter, wife and mother was what enabled this fine service to occur. She was the “glue” and the constant behind all of this for the family. The focus has been on what the men did, but none of it would have been possible without her.
@Don Jones Sounds true.. I knew inheriting the same characteristics my father but knowing that I am nothing like him. Love and unconditional surrender and to be protected by the Lord. I am reminded of the greatest generation to give the next generation the opportunity that they didn’t have
@Don Jones You know all my condolences to you.
Amazing Grace.. So blind but now can see.. was lost but now I’m found how Sweet the sound.. rise up and thank God for another day awarded to me.. to serve somebody. so, why not Him?
Everyday, I’ll wake up to smell the coffee and count my blessings. I won’t spoil the opportunity to go back home, original godhead, and see all living entities equally as Spirit souls…
I also changed the hypnopompic way I view my dreams. I used to spend all day trying to forget and end all night trying to forget what I did during the day, but now I see Life as a an adventure not to be starting out on the journey finding how when taken lightly, turns out that the place where I started out from is the place that I found.
I am evolving in seismic shifts and
glacial creep. Lately it’s been the
slow, but hopefully steady forward
progress. A little less self critical and
a little more compassionate. As I write
this, I am aware that I have also
experienced backwards movement
lately. I could use little more self
compassion. I guess the main growth
is in the area of self awareness and
observing my different states of mind.
With the help of a trauma therapist, I am growing in awareness. In fact, this word “awareness” has been a touchstone of sorts in my evolution into radical acceptance of what is and recognizing my inner critic….who seems to always be vying for my attention! I am more able now to hold her in love and extend her grace.
Thank you all for sharing…I was inspired and encouraged by all your responses.
~Om Shanti friends
There’s been some new acceptance around a situation that happened last fall. I’ve gotten more support around it which has helped tremendously.
I am working on being/feeling a bit braver, in terms of going out into the world. That means, for me, leaving the house more and driving to a few local places. I moved here during Covid, in the winter, about 14 months ago. My daughter and son-in-law drove me basically everywhere. I am just now going to the beach more often to walk, and driving to a couple of very local stores. I don’t expect to drive myself much further than that with all the traffic, but I am grateful to have “entered the world” in my own meaningful ways.
Good morning Pilgrim. I’m happy to hear that you are getting out and about more lately. it took me awhile too in my new and very different environment, after driving 2,000 miles across the country in frigid winter, during Covid …in this we are kindred spirits.
And so I understand the courage that it takes for you to enter the world in your new surroundings….I am proud of both of us!
I am land-locked for the first time in my 67 years and I do so miss the beach….enjoy your walks and I will do the same as I gaze upon the Rockies.
~Blessings my friend ♥
Dear Diane, thank you for your kind words. I, too, am proud of both of us! I have never seen the mountains, except from an airplane or in movies. So much beauty in our country!
I am about to layer up and head to the beach. It is only in the 40s, so we shall see.
Blessings on this March day.
I am much quicker to notice what I want to evolve into or away from, to enhance my capacities for acceptance, gratitude, awe, compassion, forgiveness, patience, aligning intentions, and expanding in unknown capacities as I continue along the path.
I’m developing acceptance of my painful emotions. I’m working on nonjudgment of the dark and the light. I’m working on separating my behavior from the thoughts. I can be kindness and compassion even when I’m hurting.
Avril…”nonjudgement of the dark and the light”. I am working on this too….accepting and holding with kindness my “shadow self” as Richard Rohr calls it.
My awareness has increased! I am more aware that I can’t change others but my attitude.
Me too Yram. Awareness can lead to much healing.
The serenity prayer, as EJP has shared, comes to mind.
Over the past 2 1/2 months, I have finally – at the age of 50 – learned how to deal with grief. It was a years-long process that I didn’t even know I was learning or really needed until I lost my BC earlier this year. I’m so grateful my sister recommended the book, “The Smell of Rain on Dust: Grief and Praise” by Martin Prechtel. It’s quite the eye opener and has been incredibly helpful.
For me, change feels more like the steady drip of erosion rather than an eruption of growth. As I look back over the years, I’ve changed dramatically. Over recent times, not so much. I know the growth is there, steadily accumulating in small or unseen ways. It just hasn’t reached critical mass where I can say, “I’ve changed.”
Laura…I can so relate. At times in my journey I wonder if I am getting anywhere! But your description of the “steady drip of erosion” rings so true…thank you for the encouragement.
Much less monkey minded and more accepting of the the way things out of my control are. Peace and love.
I can’t believe how much I have changed! I’m almost
Unrecognisable! I don’t mean in appearance.
I have been joining you all here now for very many years. I use to be very nervous and anxious. I had so many problems and anxiety was a serious problem.
Now I feel like so many of the burdens, worries and fears have been lifted that I almost don’t believe it can be true!
I’m so incredibly grateful and humbled by this transformation. Thank you so much your support and encouragement along this path.
Yes, I feel the same way in my short time here.
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