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  1. Yram

    I usually look at this site earlier. Today was different.
    For lack of being creative, I just ditto all the responses. Each one had a piece of what I would express.
    Thanks for all the wisdom.

    2 weeks ago
  2. Charlie T

    Living wholeheartedly, means to me,
    opening my heart to the spectrum of
    emotional experiences. Also, to open
    my heart to giving and receiving kindness.
    And, I think, trying to live with empathy and
    compassion requires an open heart.

    2 weeks ago
  3. pkr

    Practicing gratefulness.
    Praying & giving thanks to the Divine.
    Realizing my many many blessings.
    Honoring myself & my gifts as best I can.
    Staying mindful, staying in the present moment.
    Growing myself spiritually, emotionally, learning everyday. Trying to grow into the best version of myself.
    Enjoying the Ride.❤️✨🙏🏻

    2 weeks ago
  4. Antoinette

    It means trusting a truth 100% and letting go of me . Having true and complete 100% conviction dedication to truth.

    2 weeks ago
  5. Carol

    I share a meditation I wrote in May2023:
    Morning Meds May 15 2023 What does it mean to live wholeheartedly?

    I immediately think of non-resistance (go with the flow), Presence, open heart and open mind…Mindful that what we give in every situation and what we take in every situation matters and should be life-giving. I thought of the cycle of our breath. It’s giving and taking/taking and giving. We take in nitrogen and oxygen from the air and give back mostly carbon dioxide to feed the plants. They in turn breathe in the carbon dioxide and release the oxygen we need to maintain life. It’s such a profound example of wholeheartedness, healthy giving and taking.

    When I did a search in my documents on wholeheartedness I found this definition of it:
    “Wholeheartedness is not about doing more; it’s about how you do what you do. Try to bring your full presence to what you do, including resting wholeheartedly when rest is what is truly called for”

    And I found this quote from Br. David: “The antidote to exhaustion is not necessarily rest…The antidote to exhaustion is wholeheartedness.” Br. David
    Throughout the week, you might wish to experiment with releasing ambivalence or trepidation and showing up wholeheartedly in a part of your life where you feel you are not currently bringing “the intensity of your presence” e.g. in your work, in your conversations, in daily interactions with family or friends – where you might want to come more alive. What impact do you notice this has on you? On others around you? On the world?

    2 weeks ago
    1. Mary Mantei

      Carol, thank you for this sharing. What is staying with me from this is, « …mindful that what we give in every situation and why we take in every situation matters and should be life giving… »

      2 weeks ago
    2. D
      Deann

      Thank you so much for sharing this. I am reading it a day late, but something I needed and will revisit. You really do have a gift and I am grateful to receive it.

      2 weeks ago
    3. Charlie T

      So much wisdom. As usual. ❤️🙏
      I’m a firm believer in non resistance.

      2 weeks ago
    4. Barb C

      Ah, I like this idea of doing something wholeheartedly that you might otherwise not really pay full attention to. Mindfulness under another name.

      2 weeks ago
  6. L
    Loc Tran

    The first thing that jumps out to me when it comes to living wholeheartedly is to be present in everything I do. I agree with Paw Mu’s advice on cleaning everything in the mind. It opens up many doors. Suzuki also talked about concentrating on one thing at a time. It’s very easy to be attached to our phones these days with myself included one way or another to a varying degree. We end up missing out on a lot of beauty right in front of our eyes.

    2 weeks ago
  7. Pilgrim

    Living wholeheartedly means to me living with intention, making this day matter, enjoying the blessings of the day.

    2 weeks ago
  8. Ngoc Nguyen

    To me, living wholeheartedly means being aware of my strengths and weaknesses in order to improve my weaknesses and develop my strengths. It also means using my compassion to bring healing to others and doing my best to never say things that may destroy my relationships or cause harm to other people’s relationships.
    Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

    2 weeks ago
    1. L
      Loc Tran

      My Ngoc, I agree. It starts and ends with awareness. Improving upon our weaknesses and developing our strengths will help us for when the going gets tough. As far as not saying things that will cause discorse, I feel that one doesn’t have to be the sharpest knife in the drawer. Ignorance is unacceptable. If one can be smart enough to not say things that are better kept unsaid 9 out of every 10 times, I’d already be very satisfied with that.

      2 weeks ago
  9. Michele

    Living wholeheartedly means to me being true to yourself. [‘wholeheartedly’ -with complete sincerity and commitment]

    It is National Olive Day – I love green olives and will be sure to indulge today.

    Have a good weekend everyone:)

    2 weeks ago
    1. Robin Ann

      My favorite also!

      2 weeks ago
    2. pkr

      Happy National Olive Day Michelle.🫒
      I love Kalamata olives!!!!❤️

      2 weeks ago
      1. Yram

        I like most any kind.

        2 weeks ago
  10. sunnypatti

    Wake up and be grateful to be alive. Do the things I’m passionate about. Speak my truth and speak up when needed. Love with all of my being and shine my light as bright as I can.

    2 weeks ago
    1. Barb C

      This!

      2 weeks ago
  11. J
    John

    Be myself, and even express my opinions among strangers as well as friends and neighbors.
    Enjoy the admittedly HOT weather at this time of year in Phoenix, where I live.
    Continue my music, art, journalling and jogging/hiking as a part of my weekly routine.
    Keep appreciating and loving my wife for her love and support throughout the trials we have had.

    2 weeks ago
    1. L
      Loc Tran

      John, I’m with you on loving my wife through the good, the bad, and the ugly and continuing on with my music as a piano player myself. Being quite blunt myself, I’m also with you when it comes to expressing our opinions. Expressing them with anyone is totally different from barking up the wrong tree. For starters, it starts with right setting.

      2 weeks ago
  12. Nannette

    Living wholeheartedly to me means being aware of the gift of this life. We don’t know when our time on this earth will end- I am trying very hard to always be grateful for my days, the gifts I have in this life….and living a good life- doing the next right thing. I may fall short frequently- but I try. Like Joseph, I have had a toxic relationship with alcohol the last several years…and now I am doing the next right thing…abstaining. I am once agin grateful for the honesty, wisdom and support of all who come to this wonderful site. God Bless.

    2 weeks ago
  13. Joseph McCann

    Staying sober and abstaining from alcohol. Gratitude for my good fortune, travel the path that is in front of me with kindness and compassion. To work and nurture the patch of ground we live on with reverence and awe for the bounty that it provides us.

    2 weeks ago

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