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  1. Patricia L H

    Fear delays me from fully living into and acting on what matters. I distract myself with pastimes and comforts. I’m searching still for what will help. Sometimes, an invitation. Sometimes, a challenge or a deadline. I’m trying to build better habits.

    2 years ago
  2. Malag

    My natural stasis is doing nothing, procrastination. I put structure on my life to get things done. When that structure is in play I can be quite productive and embracing of what matters. Without a structure I am rudderless. 

    2 years ago
  3. d

    feeling overwhelmed about everything in the world, my dreams that i want to fulfill are most likely not to happen and i hate that because i really want to live my dreams and put my best life into them but my mind just wont let me. its one thing i want to fix about myself.

    2 years ago
  4. Sarah M

    My brain, my conches :p

    2 years ago
  5. Hailey

    Feeling overwhelmed at the mass of problems in the world. Seeing and working with others towards a common goal, you don’t have to take on issues by yourself.

    2 years ago
  6. Don Jones

    These days, I have moved to the periphery. This place is where the quiet happens, where the magic unfolds. The call and hold of the gross happening is fading (my choice). A few years ago, I went on a silent 14 day retreat – no talking, no contact with the outside world, no clocks, no electronics. It was located in a rural area on the Great Dividing Range in South-eastern Australia in the middle of winter. There was one day I was standing in a field on the side of a hill, a few grazing cows passing by. I was focused on a simple little flower in the field – most people would call it a weed. I don’t know why, but I decided to ask it if it had anything to show me. So now, I prefer the whispers from the trees, simplicity, those moments where I lose myself among all of creation.

    2 years ago
  7. s

    Being too busy, rushing trying to get it all done – but I have come to recognise that I often do this to myself – I am still learning to relax, not to fill every second of the day, not to feel I have to do it all. And, because I am so busy, I am chronically tired, which leads to a vicious circle -I am too tired to think clearly about how to slow down and live more in the moment and focus on what matters most.
    But I do try!
    What helps is this website reminding me of what is important, my husband being a good role model, my job share who is forever telling me “you can only do what you can do” and getting out into nature -I am now ensuring I get a walk every day which makes such a difference to my wellbeing.

    2 years ago
  8. Linda

    Negative self-talk. I enjoy retirement but constantly feel that I am not doing enough, I’m lazy, etc. Even my dreams are filled with activities that I “should be doing!”
    It helps me to slow down, breathe, become aware of the self talk and become present again in this moment.

    2 years ago
  9. Debra

    Allowing fear to seep into my psyche when I know it is restricting. What helps? Letting faith prevail instead.

    2 years ago
    1. Anna

      A new perspective Debra, for my moments of fear. Letting faith prevail.
      It’s wonderful. I will try to fix these words in my heart, or rather, to sow them to see them blossom.

      2 years ago
  10. Hot Sauce

    Being stuck in my head all the time hinders me from fully living into and acting on what matters. Being present to what is happening in the moment and what needs to be done right now helps me.

    2 years ago
  11. Antoinette

    What has hindered me from living fully is hiding from abuse and trauma. I think a lot of my running has to do with not wanting to face childhood trauma.
    I have never wanted to be looked at as a victim. But guess what ? We can’t separate the victim and the survivor. I am seeing now that I am both.
    Now what I am learning is how to deal with what happened. I want to heal from it and let it go. My intention is to heal from these migraines and be able to be at peace from the ghosts. I have never wanted to show this face of shame before .
    I pray what will help me is to let it out and let it go.

    2 years ago
    1. Anna

      My prayer for you dear friend Antoinette
      Who does not know, can only bow before you, in silence.
      May you be well. Feel embraced. If this virtual warmth brings you some comfort, consider my hand on your shoulder.

      2 years ago
  12. L

    What hinders? Too much clutter — that’s both actual things as well as thoughts cluttering the mind. Acting on pure emotion.

    What helps? Having clear goals and a path ahead. Focus. Gratitude practice or anything that slows down the mind. Love.

    2 years ago
  13. Toni

    To answer this question I have to share an experience of gratitude I had last night. Yesterday an old friend came by to help me sell my apartment. I knew we would talk about the cult church we were once part of and spiritual matters of the heart about our journey and where it lead to now. In talking and listening I learned we are worlds apart but I spoke up about what matters to me. She voiced her objections to what she believes God thinks verses what her present church teaches. In between breaths she kept saying ,”I don’t know where you are at about “…{ whatever} and I didn’t stop her because It didn’t matter and she wasn’t waiting for a response. But when she brought up homosexuals being accepted in church I had to stop her and speak. I said what needed to be said according to my understanding about God and church and shared an experience I had with a friend who died of Aids and how he served those around him who were also dying till the very end and how I loved him. I was not about to argue or try to belabor a point. I was not angry as I spoke (that surprised me). She is a deacon at her church and talked a lot about bringing people to Christ which was the same teaching the cult taught with a slightly different slant. She went on to share about her children. One blogs about the experience in the cult and warns others to stay away. One is still there and has tremendous doubts and is miserable. And her youngest is an atheist who is struggling to find his place in the world with ADHD, alcoholism, and other addictions. He can’t keep a job and lives at home in his 30’s. She has deep concerns about all of them. Having similar experiences as her youngest, I offered some suggestions that help me. She listened and took notes. I can’t get locked into doctrine or opinions anymore but I can share from my experience when necessary. I’m so glad I didn’t remember until now the attributes of a Deacon according to the scriptures. It talks about managing your own household and it was a position given to a man if you want to be legalistic. I’m glad I didn’t remember I would have hit her right between the eyes. I don’t think I will pursue moving right now not with her anyway. My cat was terrified at the sound of her non stop loud voice besides. He cuddled for comfort when she left. That tells me a lot. Living here in love with my little Oliver (7 month old kitten) is all I need at the moment. I’m content with that.

    2 years ago
    1. Howie Geib

      Brilliant share. I struggle to contain myself in the face of ignorance. Pardon me for saying that as I have no idea what is behind her position(s)….anyway I was reading your share a second time and the saying attributed to St Francis came into my head…and it is one that has guided me in how to ‘hold’ my faith:

      Preach the Gospel at all times, and if necessary use words.

      2 years ago
      1. Toni

        Yes!! St. Francis came my mind as well. I wanted to share about how he demonstrated love not doctrine. How he was the example of Christ still needed today. I hesitated because at that point because I knew I just wanted to tell her off. Thanks Howie!

        2 years ago
  14. Katrina

    What hinder me? procrastination, overthinking and over organizing, letting myself get distracted. What helps me? accountability – being part of a group with common goals and interests.

    2 years ago
  15. Javier Visionquest

    Funny timing for this question. . . Yesterday, I lost my third honeybee swarm from the Valley apiary (the “good” colonies) due to a scheduled shift at my unfulfilling retail job in the beltway. Being that I work for an organic grocery, there are triggers everywhere – bees in our marketing and printed on our bags, images of bees on many and various product packaging, honeybee themed tattoos slather our clientele. It was like the universe laughing at me, whittling away gratitude to a paper-thin veneer. What kills me is the irony that our mission statement at MOM’s Organic Market is to “protect and restore the (natural) environment” and it has interrupted me doing my part for the second season in a row. Let this stand as my note-to-self to request off for the entire month of April, 2022!

    2 years ago
    1. Pilgrim

      Javier, thank you for your work with and commitment to the honeybees. This is such important work, and I’m sorry that your workplace hindered this.

      2 years ago
      1. Javier Visionquest

        It’s a labor of love, Pilgrim, and I’m not so sure I have the capacity to love it anymore. Recently, it’s been more frustration than anything. Here’s hoping we hear from HollyinOhio (wow! alliteration much?), a fellow beekeeping enthusiast.

        2 years ago
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