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Joy – for myself and for others.
Quality, pain free time.
Meditation; playing Music and singing; being with my friends sharing simple things as well as deep running ones; being in nature more, being with the sun and the moon and all around.
I would like to give back more. I did sign up to volunteer at a Food Bank in CT in November for 1/2 a day. I did this in RI like 11 years ago. I will be looking for more opportunities. My company actually gives us 8 hours of volunteer hours each year.
I love that your company gives you time for volunteer hours – what a great idea!
I wish to cultivate more balance
In my life, I wish to cultivate more forgiveness. Forgiveness to other people who hurt me. And even more challenging, forgive me. Self-confession is an effective way to consider and make any changes in inner growth. However, immersing yourself in feeling of fault helps nothing. I care for people, I care for their feelings, and it blocks me from forgiving myself. So, learning how to forgive in peace is necessary in my life.
Gratitude, presence, laughter, ease.
Humor. Ease. Music. Joy.
At first I thought of responding with “focused attention for longer spans of time,” given my feeling that the online world has reduced my ability to go deep and stay there. Then I thought of the times I still demonstrate that ability and moved on to ” resistance to distraction” (“Squirrel!”) so I don’t lose that time mindlessly going from tab to tab. And then I came to “acceptance of the way my brain works and compassion for myself.”
This morning in my reading from “Meditations from the Mat: Daily Reflections on the Life of Yoga” by Rolf Gates and Katrina Kenison, I stopped to write this in my journal. It’s from a passage on tapas, one of the niyamas; tapas means discipline, austerity, burning enthusiasm or zeal in practice:
“We believe that we are imperfect and that we need to fix ourselves. This is desire, and it only takes us deeper into our darkness.”
That’s a powerful quote. Thank you for sharing, Barb.
Great quote. I needed to hear that. Thanks for sharing 😊
I would like to cultivate more
contentment and satisfaction,
and weed out the wanting, desire,
comparison, and the general
dissatisfaction that comes with
living in a culture of consumerism
and shallow connections. Ah, there
it is, deep connection. This is what
I would like to cultivate. It’s not as
easy as it seems. As I’m sure Joseph
is aware, cultivating requires the right
seed, planted at the right time, in fertile
soil, with regular tending, and patience.
It’s the last one that tricky for me.
Beautiful! Keep planting Charlie! The right seed will grow with the amount of time and dedication you have at the moment. You are a beautiful soul. Blessings to you and your beloved.
Stillness, Presence, Willingness always and all ways.
There it is again, Carol.
Charlie, 🙂 You tagged me!
My husband is in the midst of a medical issue. I need/want to cultivate discernment for decisions, compassion, and patience for him. For me to remember to express and rest my mind and body.
Yram, If I lived close by, I would be stopping by to give you a big hug but loving energy has no boundaries so know that it’s coming your way right now.
More yoga. More fun. My husband and I both need more fun in our lives, and once we get thru the next two weeks which are gratefully filled with catering jobs, we’ve got to find something outside the box to do.
It’s always healthy to have something to look forward to even if it is just a quiet day with no commitments to relax and release.
A hobby, such as knitting or crocheting. Too much of my time here at home is spent on taking care of the house and yard. All necessary, of course, but I’d like my free time at home to be more than just an absence of activity. I’d like to learn something new and maybe create something useful.
Beautiful dream! I learn to do the two basic stiches of knitting. I watch a YouTube video, it took me a while because I do better with someone sitting next to me but I learnt to cast! Now I make scarfs for me and if they are well done I give them away. Lots of defects for sure but it keeps my mind and hands occupy. Have a beautiful day!
Laura, I hear you and I relate.
I have cultivated much in my life. It has been a spring ritual of my lifestyle for at least the past 45 years. Emotionally I have been cultivating for my mental health for a bit more than 19 months. Acceptance, kindness, gratitude, non-judgment, non-labeling, happiness by not striving for happiness are a number of attitudes I have been cultivating in my current stage of life. I have more inner peace than ever before in my life. I will continue to cultivate. As the old saying goes, You reap what you sow.
Thanks, Joseph. One has to be cognoscente of the seeds she (me) plants!
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