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I value meditation, alone as well as mediating together with other kindred people. For quite some time, I was not able to center very well in awareness and stillness. Intensifying meditation will hopefully allow to run deeper, possibly contributing to the source as well as be of benefit for all concerned. Thank you for this question and for your kind replies!
I value time alone to reflect and just be. Quiet time can regenerate me to better handle the world around me and to appreciate with gratefulness what has been placed in front of me.
I value the qualities found in every enlightened being I have ever found,
whether it be Siddhartha,
Tich Nhat Hanh,
Charlotte Yoko Beck,
or the more numerous souls
who have been able to catch glimpses behind the veil,
and have shared their knowledge with me.
There are people in the world
who know things . . .
the benefits are beyond description.
That I don’t always get what I want but get what I need. And, my new favorite mantra – “I just might be wrong”. It softens and opens entrenched perspectives.
I value peace of mind. Everything flows from there.
Today was one of these days were I thought that everything and everybody is working against me. but everything is as it is. it shows me that I was against everything and everybody … What a fool I am sometimes! But I value this guy, who is me , because i choose to live with him. The benefit is that I am in peace with myself.
Clean fresh water ! Please keep it clean ! Mother Earth and all her species! Please keep her strong !
I value wisdom, love, forgiveness, knowledge, justice, solidarity, and liberty. Investing in these values allows me to learn how to love and forgive others, especially when it is difficult; how to live with solidarity with all sentient beings, but especially those most marginalized; and how to ensure that everyone’s liberties and rights are protected.
Relationships…As one of my mentors used to say: “There is nothing more real than a relationship. I find that concentrating on individuals instead of the groups with which they identy helps me appreciate each one’s gifts even if I don’t agree with say their politics. Groups can be very tribal but when you work on knowing each member individually you can always find beauty.
The first thing that comes to mind is that I value my relationship with my husband and it absolutely will benefit from more and deeper investments in paying attention both to the relationship and to what I bring to it.
I value the world and the people and natural systems in it and those both will benefit from me continuing to put my time, attention, and energy into the issues where I can make a difference.
In that spirit I offer a poem I found thanks to Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg that had me crying in a Seattle light rail car last night after a long work conference day:
and so powerful,
“Don’t let despair sink its sharp teeth
Into the throat with which you sing. Escalate your dreams.
Make them burn so fiercely that you can follow them down
any dark alleyway of history and not lose your way.
Make them burn clear as a starry drinking gourd
Over the grim fog of exhaustion, and keep walking.
Hold hands. Share water. Keep imagining.
So that we, and the children of our children’s children
hmm I invest in what I value– hmm- only invest if there is a perceived benefit– physical, intellectual, emotional, spiritual–or the body-heart-mind
I value my happiness, belonging/inclusion, my physical well being( safety, health), making a contribution that benefits others, human rights, fairness, kindness, compassion, joy and equanimity, mindfulness, patience, generosity, guidance and support, relationships/ connection, learning, beauty… being human, …. hmm now I’ve come back to my values benefit me and the benefits are the investment. As I re-read this– change is what I need to place a higher value on
I value equanimity, balance, a mind not racing. This doesn’t come at the expense of engagement with the world but through maintaining my boundaries and accepting my limits.
I value making time for myself in my meditations and prayers. By doing so, my frame of mind , love,compassion, peace and gratitude arise and stay at the surface. Others as well as me benefits..
I value my peace of mind. It was a long road to find it, and I do everything I can to maintain it. Times are scary, and it’s been especially challenging lately. This is a great reminder to keep doing the work.
I value my children and grandchildren. Time spent with them is a huge investment for all of us and benefits our hearts and souls always.
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