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I spent a lifetime trying to change, pushing energy into being different. I’ve mostly got pretty comfortable with not changing now. And oddly that allows any change that wants to happen as what’s around me changes. But growth, Yeh. You stop growing, you die. I usually look inside for support and lean on my daily practices. When things get difficult I have the people close to me to lean on and they me. Am grateful for that.
I appreciate your answers, Malag, this one is very much like what I couldn’t put into words, thank you.
I would love to grow in my understanding of others. I have my experiences and knowledge but wish I would understand more about why people do things, where their beliefs come from, and understand how to best relate to other people.
I would like to develop the needed skills to increase my income and get away from where I currently live. Not sure where to find support for that but I recently enrolled in an online course that might put me in touch with people who can somehow help. Time will tell.
I would like to be more humble, more patient, and to spread around me the warm caress of a good welcome.
Like saint Francis of Assisi, and so many other people.
I would like for my faith in god to grow and I would love to learn more about him and live in his presence. Ive had so much happen in the last 3 months; it was a turning point for me to rely more on god and ask him why this is happening to me. Point me towards a direction and signs as what to do because nothing makes sense to me right now. I haven’t given the lord enough of my time throughout my life and i start now. I’m 27 and finally going to church again so i look to that for my support. Also, my bible app on my phone reminds me each day at the same time to open my devotional. I think doing that is a good start and reading at least one chapter in the Bible a day will help me to learn and grow faith in him and find his answers. I hope to eventually finish the Bible. Another thing that i would like to change in my life right now is my family’s faith in god. If i can convince them to rely more on him then their daily lives would be better off as well. I hope the lord brings my family back together because i miss them. Thanks for reading fellow friends <3
I would like to find more balance between reflection and action.
Mother nature is a beautiful inspiration and support. As Spring quietly emerges, change and growth is a breath, step or glance away …
That is a really beautiful idea. In sustainable agriculture, we are always talking about “biomimicry,” – of imitating nature to find simpler, earth-healing systems, for example, not tilling, or using compost, or letting chickens eat the bugs in your yard. It never occurred to me I could put myself into the picture, and look to the whole for the support I need and find my place. Thank you.
Moving from untruth to truth, i.e. moving from what I have collected over this lifetime to who I really am. Realistically, I think I have to take 100% responsibility for this one.
Every time and every week when I attend mass I pray the Lord that He makes me a better person. (Whether He is listening is another thing altogether). I tend to turn towards my family, especially my wife for support, since my two grown up and married kids, although good and generous, are way different to our way of thinking..
I would like to be more self aware and also pay more attention to the needs of those around me. I think making a daily habit of journaling would provide support.
I am grateful for the support of my writers’ group, as I near completion of my memoir (anyone want to be a beta-reader?).
I am grateful for Laura, my mentor in unconditional love and acceptance.
It would be great if I moved ahead into the scary arena of finding an agent and promoting my memoir. And I’d like to learn to accept everything.
It seems as the stumbling blocks I have today linger. I would like to acknowledge them and walk on to my life.
I would like to continue to grow in my daily yoga practice. Eventually I would like to get my yoga teacher training certificate.
I would like to grow into the divine self – the true self – the transformed self, whatever words used, it points to the same growth and transformation.
Doing the work, though, that is the question. I am not sure how to do it while in this reality that is my life. Yet, the support networks are there.
In my journey I have found that there are all sorts of support out there from this website, to contemplative Christian groups, to jewish wisdom teachers, to Sufi sages, to networks like Shift, to local communities.
At times, for me though, it is a matter of will.
I would like to have more consistent effort and habits in many things. I was a “wild child” and am an artist “type” and I find consistency very challenging, and unfortunately, I sometimes disappoint people who matter to me, and disappoint myself, when I drop out or retreat. Around October last year I started to feel overwhelmed, and rather than do some judicial cutting in time, and let people know, I just retreated and was a bit of a slug for the next months. I quit reaching out to friends, too (luckily I found gratefulness.org). I don’t know how to find support for this particular change, the times I need encouragement most I’m least likely to speak of it. Things are better now, but I know it will come again like a wave, and perhaps I will be swept up by it before I see it.
Consistency of effort is connected to successes big and small, and how others see us, but it is also wrapped up in acceptance of circumstances and self-acceptance in ways I don’t understand. Consistency happens when there is some thread of connection between the beginning, middle, and end, rather than hot flashes of inspiration, I guess. ??
Holly…I identified powerfully to this reflection. Chaos is to me now what darkness in the basement was to me as a child. I wonder if it is part of aging. Anyways that is my thing, not at all inferring it is what you are articulating. I am one who deals with this by finding and naming or reinforcing the patterns around me when I begin to sense overwhelm. Anything to stave off the panic. And I am fortunate that I have a very snug shell to crawl into when it starts. Consistency also has another meaning: texture. Apparent with the play of light and shadow. The artist’s way is one of uncommon texture I believe and those hot flashes are interlacing the beginnings middles and ends perhaps. Anyways lovely to read this in the predawn. Thanks.
“a very snug shell to crawl into,” …i call it “turtle-ing.” Our shell is a home, and we can pull in our legs, head, and tail.
“finding and naming or reinforcing the patterns around me” …this sounds very helpful! I will give it a try.
Yes, I liked the part about how others see us. For me, this means being seen but without judgements. Not very common, unfortunately.
I live constantly in the past or future. I would like to be more mindful and more present, also there are some aspects of my life that I don’t like and I focus a lot on that so I want to be more grateful about what I have and create a more mindful life.
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