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Feeling my wealth. I am rich beyond belief. Not by the standards of a society based on a belief that how much money you have determines our value, of course. But I am indeed wealthy. I have so much. I FEEL like I am as financially wealthy as the richest person in the world. I feel beautiful. When I quiet myself I feel calm and peaceful. I am learning to recognize states of feeling. Calm vs. frazzled. Each has a its own energy and I am learning to recognize when I am frazzled and to consciously calm myself. It takes practice. So feeling like the richest person in the world is rather strange. I must get used to it.
That I am still discovering and unfolding my feelings about the pandemic and climate change. Finding my footing in feeling how to pull it altogether so that it feels like I am present. Meditating everyday to lessen the worry and do some things like planting lots of native plants for the bees and birds. Working in groups taking care of the homeless situation by providing small houses. Looking anew at all my relationships to improve the listening and loving part of connecting with now even more cherished friends and family. Everything changes, I am learning how to surrender to that truth and move from there to just love and not anxiety or worry. Acceptance so live if fuller. Staying in nature even more.
I have been going to water aerobics classes daily for two months. I realized during Covid times that I am arthritic— I wasn’t and then suddenly I am filled with aches. So into water and feeling some better. I am proud of myself for doing something about it besides suffer and complain!
I’m learning that being vulnerable is not the end of the world. It’s actually freeing and allows you to learn humility
I’m turning 40 this year. I’ve been practicing saying what I want in the future in the present tense rather than future tense. I don’t have a kid yet. But instead of saying I will be a father, I’ve been saying I am a father. Then visualizing myself with my family. Really feeling into the experience of fatherhood. Having the necessary conversations with my partner about adoption. Speaking my daughter’s name into existence. It’s been an amazing evolution of feeling and confidence and faith. I’m excited.
Acceptance of unconditional love; oh so rare and oh so grateful to have discovered.
There is no limit to the discoveries.
That there is no findable self !
It is harder than ever for me, since retirement, to create structured moments for practice in my life right now!
Why would that be ? Don’t you get to do almost whatever you want when your retired?
I’m mellowing out — slowing down.
This is a bit off the topic, but I live in the Pacific Northwest and we are currently having the heat wave from hell! I am deeply, deeply grateful for our air conditioning, something I have taken for granted in the past. Coming into a cool house is an incredible sense of relief from the current 112 degree temperature (and rising) we have today.
I live in the Portland area — we hit 114 yesterday — already 101 at noon today.
I’m gaining more and more discipline with my meditation.
Right now, I am experiencing a hope that has been missing for awhile. I really do feel some genuine hope right now that a situation in my life is getting better and that liberation will be here before I know it!
Hi Hot Sauce! I’m happy for you. Thank you for sharing hope .
I was diagnosed with autism last year at age 59. This has given me a new filter to better understand life, myself, and relationships with others.
complete vulnerability when fully open to change and both the sweetness it brings and courage necessary to prevent shutting it down
Unfortunately it’s one of feeling weak and unsure of myself, of being dependent and lacking self confidence.
same sis but remember your a baddie
I understand totally i’ve been feeling this as well.
My heart goes out to all of you.
I’ve been thinking about moving to a larger apartment by selling mine I realized there is no need to move right now. I am managing just fine and there is no need to make my life complicated. I just need to get exercise that is the real missing link.
Self love, its so simple yet always forgotten or neglected. Im taking it one day at a time, to love myself more.
Fragility. Endocrinologist holding out on refilling a longstanding prescription until I had made an appointment lead to an interruption to my accessing slow-acting insulin for almost a week. The indirect impossibility of controlling blood glucose with fast-acting insulin alone has given me insights into my own death; this is the way it will be as the exogenous insulin runs out or the supply chain breaks down.
Letting go, like really…I left my corporate job and have been on a healing journey. The more I let go and trust my inner wisdom and the love of the universe, the more life is beautiful and blessings are abundant.
This one, again and again and again ” ….as Pierrie says…”it is Infinite” but also ” NEW” each time!
“Remember that, whatever the representation you may have of yourself, deep inside you exist a space on infinite beauty and rest, total unconditional Love, of goodness without bounds, of unshakable peace and calm, of dancing joy and playful being, of limitless vision and infinite Abundance.”
Pierre Pradervarnd “The Gentle Art of Blessing.”
It’s not super new, but new enough for this late-40s gal… I am living in trust rather than fear, and I recognize that a lot lately. I still find the fear creeping up on me, but as I am generally more aware of myself and my emotions, it’s pretty easy to see it, sit with it for a minute (or however long), and move past it. Very grateful for this big step in my life!
I’m accepting my contradictions more readily as opposed to lambasting myself. We are all “walking dichotomies.” Instead of focusing on the irritations this may cause, I’m able to celebrate this~we are all so fascinating!!
No matter how old you are, you can make significant changes in your life. Shifting my thinking has been crucial, and I still need to remind myself, and change the words I say to myself, daily. But it is working. Never give up. You can start over again and again, and when you do, you gain “ground” and are grounded in the changes. Let it be!
Thank you, Mary Pat.
So true dear Mary Pat. I am so happy to see you again!
It is nice to be back. Thank you!
Since relocating to Florida I’ve had the rare opportunity to reinvent my life. It’s been an adventure, to be sure!
I told you all I’d provide a link to my devotion: https://www.upperroom.org/devotionals/en-2021-06-28
I hope you enjoy it!
DeVonna, I read your Upper Room devotional this morning first thing. I read them every day. Today was special because I “knew” the author personally. Thank you for reinforcing one of my anchors of the faith.
This new experience of letting go and accepting what I cannot change……very challenging at times.
I’m realizing that with the mindfulness work, working on supporting my inner child that even though I’ve gone through difficult times that I’ve pulled myself through and how much a good person and how strong I am.. I’m learning how to listen to my feelings and to comfort myself without looking for others to do that for me. Separation anxiety has been a major issue for me. I’ve come along it still brings up feelings that I’m trying to listen and self sooth..
A new experience of myself I’m having is awareness of my thoughts becoming feelings. After my injury yesterday, the older version of myself would have stayed in a state of “why me.” Immediately after my injury, I began to think thoughts of gratitude for the injury not being worse, happiness for feeling good, thanking the universe for my healing and staying positive throughout the healing process. I am grateful that I have control over my body’s healing.
Found the upperroom.org website with a beautiful article from DeVonna. 💞
An amazing sense of joy, gratitude and overall well-being.
The more I read today’s question the more it makes me want to chuckle. I can’t say why but it just does!
From a serious angle, my only “new experience” lately is the new levels of chronic back pain that I am living with. And that’s just depressing to contemplate this early in the day, so I think I will stick with my first response…chuckle!
I am sending healing thoughts to you. My mother, who passed away this year, suffered long with back pain. It was painful to watch.
For you, a prayer and a 🕯.
I’m trying a different coffee creamer – fruity pebbles, lol. Haven’t had that cereal in years and this smells and tastes just like it.
Michele, I adore you!
aww, thank you Trish. On day two and I know I will not be buying this again, lol.
Haha. Still love your adventuresome spirit!
hahahaha! Michele, you are so fun! 🙂
There is a new awareness of something that may have been developing over time. It is a contradiction I seem to be holding, an inner both/and. I am both meek and fierce. Not a compromise between the two, or a middling. Both fully, at the same time. By meek I mean I am self effacing, unobtrusive, willing to serve quietly and unacknowledged (seem to prefer it that way). And when called upon, able to fight for a noble cause as a worthy opponent. This later is a recent awareness. Lest you think I am getting into street fights (I am not) I will provide an example. The determination to complete my recent row. It was a fierce battle between my will, and my word. My word won. I also regularly support lost causes. So as to stand beside those fighting the losing battle. Because the fight for right cannot be based on the odds of winning. We are doomed if a few of us don’t ignore the odds and pitch that fight. Now some might lament my use of the word fight, so perhaps replace it with the word struggle. But make no mistake, for me it is a fight. Ask anyone on the front lines with an illness, or injustice, or abuse.
I’m having many opportunities to “be” an aunt & great aunt. Each event gives me hope for the future in developing these relationships with the next generations of my family.
I am slowly discovering the true nature of myself through mindfulness techniques
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