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  1. Charlie T

    This one took a few days to sink in. The step I’m going to take, is to charge and start wearing my wristband exercise tracker and try to get back to some level of fitness.

    4 weeks ago
  2. O.Christina

    To meditate more often. Stillness which radiates its transformative quality to the outside. Help supporting others,

    1 month ago
  3. KC

    My vision is to write a bit of my own story. It is daunting. I met a woman in the neighbourhood recently. She gave me a copy of her recent memoir, and I found it moving and affirming. The first step is to ask this woman to meet, learn about and map the practical steps to get it done!

    1 month ago
  4. Elaine

    Learning from James Bridle’s “Ways of Being” I’m holding a vision that recognizes that humans and the more than human are KIN, and utterly entangled. A vision of living WITH the world rather than seeking to dominate. It.

    1 month ago
  5. Emmaleah

    I have been holding a vision for quite some time to start my own nom-profit outdoor after school program. I have been taking small steps, but I am trying to gain more momentum and push the vision closer to reality. This week i will meet with two people who can help me navigate some of the neccessary red tape that seems a bit daunting.

    1 month ago
    1. Charlie T

      Hey Emmaleah, I wish you success with this. When I was a kid in 4th grade, I did an after school ecology class, which consisted of a few kids being driven to nearby natural and not so natural areas and exploring a particular environment. This had a very big effect on me and very much shaped my world view. We were encouraged to get dirty and really experience our environment.

      4 weeks ago
  6. Carol

    To faithfully do the PT exercises that strengthen my core and since I currently have an active compression fracture, to accept that sometimes baby steps are necessary. The important thing is to take the step! As for a vision I’ve been holding, I want to live totally in the present moment and find that quite a challenge.

    1 month ago
  7. Nannette

    This is a very important and intense question…a question that makes me stop in my tracks. “What is my vision?” and in the same breath …what do I want from this life? My vision is to be more mindful of my actions…to be sober minded and live my life in that manner. I am taking the steps- although VERY slowly…but this question has helped me frame it – so that it becomes an action not just a vison. Thank you all for being here. How grateful I am for this space.

    1 month ago
  8. Butterfly

    My vision is to be calm and equanimous with whatever life throws at me and yet I have let slip my daily meditation practice so I must get myself back into that. As Laura has said – it’s that busy, busy mind that scuppers it!

    1 month ago
    1. Carol

      Laura, Thanks for the info. I am familiar with Centering Prayer and have read several of Fr. Keating’s books. I have participated in some centering prayer groups over the years but not since I moved back to Kansas in 2019. Thanks for reminding me about the fact that quality is not as important as perseverance! It can be easy to get discouraged.

      1 month ago
  9. devy

    Continue everyday with my prayers, meditations, gratitude and physical activities so that I eventually be completely rid of my anxieties and fears.

    1 month ago
  10. Laura

    I took the step a few weeks ago of prayer twice a day. I don’t know that I had a vision other than a dedicated time for Spirit. I always feel better for having taken the time out of my day, even when that time feels like a struggle to rise above my thoughts in the silence.

    1 month ago
  11. Michele

    cook more at home and order out less.

    1 month ago
    1. Laura

      Thank you, Carol. Fr. Thomas Keating advised not to get hung up on the quality of centering prayer, which is what I’m practicing. It’s the doing of it day by day that matters. I cling to that some days.
      There’s a centering prayer app from contemplativeoutreach.org that’s been helpful to me. I found it in the Apple App store.

      1 month ago
  12. Robin Ann

    One of my visions (after my children were grown and on their own) is travel especially to Europe. Luckily in the past 7 years I have been to Ireland 2x but would love to go to Scotland too and maybe much more. Covid was a set back but hope to get there in the next few years. Another vision was getting back to sailing and some day a Trawler in retirement. I am back sailing the last 5 years, my friend bought a 1970 Pearson sailboat. It is one of my happy places and enjoy staying on it overnight watching the sunset and relaxing.

    1 month ago
  13. Joseph McCann

    To remain grateful, kind to others and myself, open awareness and peaceful. To make my morning intention not to turn to drink and live my life sober while being present today.

    1 month ago
    1. Carol

      Laura, Good for you. That’s a step I need to take. You have inspired me. St. Paul wrote that we should pray without ceasing and that speaks to me of mindfulness and I’m learning that to truly be mindful I need stillness, a gathering of my energies with the intention of going with the flow.

      1 month ago
  14. Kevin

    This, is a wonderful question! It is one that I have been working on day by day actually for some time now. It involves living with the physical limitations that I now have due to aging and doing everything I can, within reason, to remain active.

    At this very moment in the 4 AM hour I am sitting quietly in the kitchen of a retreat center with 30 children and 10 other staff still asleep. One of the greatest gifts of my life has been to follow a spiritual leading, that morphed into a ministry to create this weekend elementary aged program 35 years ago to the month. A number of the children here have parents that were in this retreat program when they themselves were children. When I was three decades younger I would deliver this program on a weekend and arrive at my day job on Monday without even thinking of it. These days, I staff the program under coordinators that I trained years ago and return home on Sunday afternoon and take two days to recover!

    I continue to remain comforted by the wise words of a 90 year old Quaker woman who many years ago said, “Kevin, you get to a certain age in life and its snip, stitch, patch, and go!“ My goodness, was she ever right!

    1 month ago
  15. Kevin

    Thank you, Carla!

    1 month ago
  16. Carol

    I find my exercises helpful, too. It takes 3 to 4 months for a fracture to heal so right now I am limited in what I have permission to do but am thankful I have had such a good Physical Therapist to guide me. I’m getting better at doing them every day but I still tend to miss a day here and there.

    1 month ago
  17. Don Jones

    Beth Kempton has recently published a book on “Fearless Writing”. I found it very enabling.

    1 month ago
  18. KC

    Thanks Elaine, James B’s book and vision sound pretty darn inspiring and important for our tender planet, world and lives …

    1 month ago
  19. KC

    Thanks Kevin, Your posts are always such an inspiration and gift! In my next life I will find the courage to follow a Quaker path … Enjoy your time at the retreat, and the recovery time as well! Warmly, KC

    1 month ago
  20. Carol

    Oh Kevin, I can identify with that “snip, stitch, patch, and go!” I’ve got an active compression fracture right now but I just remind myself that compared to other times when active fractures came more than one at a time, I needed a walker. Thankfully, not this time. Today’s youth is tomorrow’s promise. Blessings to you and your retreat team. What a wonderful ministry.

    1 month ago
  21. Butterfly

    Ah Kevin, I have found coming to terms with, and acceptance of, physical limitations and all the aches and pains of aging to be one of life’s BIG lessons! So glad you have been able to attend the retreat. Rest up and take things slowly now ?

    1 month ago
  22. Carla

    Continued Blessings on this retreat weekend and your recovery in next few days. ?Thanks Kevin

    1 month ago
  23. Laura

    Carol, my evening stretches sound like your core exercises. It can feel like a chore sometimes, but oh how I feel the difference if I skip or forget a couple of days.

    1 month ago

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