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Listening. Asking questions. Putting myself in their shoes.
By showing love, compassion, forgiveness and kindness. Often I think of “what would Jesus do” . When asked for a help I do try to find anyway possible I can assist.
Being devoted to the wellbeing of others.
I make it a point to talk to employees at the stores I frequent, and to thank them for waiting on me.
I do that, too.
Let them know they are not alone. Show up for them, listen & be kind.
I do a lot of praying & silent blessings for those in need; some I know, some I do not.
I also light candles here & in church.
Happy Sunday to All…..😊🐝🌼🌻
“Living as prayer. I think that is when I am at my best. Because seeing through prayer provides a remarkable clarity. Not in the doctrinal sense, but because it is, at best, the lens of a love for every tattered inch of this earth.” Imani Perry
I can’t get past today’s quote. When I read it, I said, “Yes” to myself. It has been my concept of prayer for many years. I no longer petition a mystery many call God. I hold the person or persons for whom I pray in a caring and compassionate embrace not necessarily with my physical arms but by surrounding them with loving energy and claiming wisdom for them in whatever situation they find themselves. They can be in the same room or half way around the world. Energy knows no boundaries. That’s why I try to be very care-filled with it.
I have found that no matter where I am in my journey, even when I am struggling physically, spiritually or emotionally, kindness soothes my own distress and the distress of others. Sometimes, I call someone when I’m down and ask them how they are doing. Many times when I find myself comforting them, I realize that the words I’m saying to them are the words I need to heed myself.
I love the image of living as a prayer. Thanks for this question.
thanks for these thoughts! it is immensely comforting to know that there are people “out there” who think this way. nothing is lost. we can be our best version. the one, the Great Mystery intended us to be.
Through kindness. Always.
Be kind and be a good listener so that people may feel understood. Be of service if needed and ok with the other.
By letting go of my ideas and expectations about others and just letting them be without judgement.
What I can do depends on the type of distress and its scale. At a personal level, I can ease the distress of others by listening without judging and without offering unasked-for advice. If a hug would be welcome, I can offer a hug. I can make sure I offer real comfort and I don’t dump in (Susan Silk’s Ring Theory https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/laugh-cry-live/201809/how-respond-people-in-crisis-comfort-in-dump-out). On a more distant scale I can donate to organizations that help people, if this is something like disaster relief. In my work I’m contributing to ways we can reduce our climate impact, which is a way of helping alleviate long-term distress for our species and the planet.
I did a small gathering of immediate neighbors to:
TO GATHER AT THE GAZEBO TO GAB. We talked about the past week and what we are looking forward to this upcoming week. My intention was to dispel loneliness.
I have set up a prayer intention link.
I send cards and make calls.
Offer a helping hand in whatever way seems appropriate.
I emphasize “offer” because not everyone wants help, even though they appear to be struggling. I have a friend who is unsteady on her feet when she is standing. Often at the grocery store, when she is reaching for an item, someone will — without asking her permission — pull the item off shelf for her and deposit it in her basket. She understands their impulse to help, but such incidents leave her feeling disrespected and unseen.
All of us are wanted, needed, loved by God. Every individual is an expression of God, maybe somewhat like the visible head of a mushroom is an expression and part of an invisble but vast mycelium. By assisting another I am helping this vast interconnected network of beings everywhere, I am helping God, I am helping myself.
By being there for them, listening without judgment and only giving advice if they ask for it.
We had the same thought; I wrote my response, then scrolled down and read yours.
Sometimes helping others in whatever way they need actually helps me more. I forget whatever distress and problems that I have and work on how I may be of service to someone else. Whatever the circumstance may be -unless someone reaches out to me via phone, email or messages..I don’t often encounter someone else here in my rural life. Life is wonderful in numerous ways here- but often is very lonely. Wishing you all a wonderful day and I pray that all is well.
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