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  1. d
    db82258

    very roughly paraphrased from Fanny Howe

    “paradox is the resting place”, more and more- the experience, little drops leaping around me, little spirits-everywhere.

    And me, trusting the answers will become clear.

    11 months ago
  2. Anjani

    Just today my heart broke,I don’t know whom to tell or what to do. I just can’t believe what’s happening. I don’t if anybody of you is going to read this but if you are then I am really grateful and please help me.
    I had a friend of mine who was damn close to me, he got into a relationship and then they broke up but during that time we kinda lost contact, then they broke up .He realises he has a friend and we start speaking again. He proposed me . I never thought of him in that way , never had feelings or anything like that never crossed my mind. I had to reject him, even after that hideous thing I was ready to be friends because I didn’t want to lose him. Things were going on good , he made promises ,there were efforts . I never wanted to lose him from my life. Then he made new friends , I slowly started vanishing from his life. Yes i accepted this too but yeah suddenly he would come back as if nothing happened , he would make me feel so special and the next day as if I don’t even exist , I accepted even that too and now am left nowhere , he says i have changed …My birthday he couldn’t even meet me in person and he has gone miles to celebrate a new made friend’s birthday. This is the second birthday he is celebrating after mine. He is making new friends , new life .I seriously do not know what to do. I have decided to let it go:)
    thank you for reading this out!

    11 months ago
    1. ch

      Sending a prayer that the new year will be healing for you 🙏🏽 🌼

      11 months ago
      1. Anjani

        Thank you so much❤

        10 months ago
  3. Nitish

    To be more grateful and be happy for what I have.

    11 months ago
  4. S
    Sydney

    If I rephrase my thoughts to something happening “for me” instead of something happening “to me”, it changes the way I look at the world and gives opportunity instead of irritation.

    11 months ago
  5. mam_gigi

    I have learned that people who are abused as children do not lose faith in their caregivers, but in themselves. For years, I have struggled with insecurity and the belief that I am unlovable, when in reality the real problem was that part of me will always look for love in the wrong place.

    11 months ago
  6. d
    db82258

    “And if you stare long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you”. quote from Frederick Nietzsche

    Not to be confused with Packers linebacker Ray Nitschke.

    Although, if that quote and linebacker are met in the same way, they might be equally painful.

    11 months ago
  7. Malag

    The different kinds of protective masks that are available.

    11 months ago
    1. Holly in Ohio

      Interesting. I too, have just learned more about masks, after a new independent study, and I purchased new masks for all of us. I wish they were pretty, though, Lol. 😄
      Stay well, friend.

      11 months ago
  8. Elaine

    Something old can be new again,

    11 months ago
  9. O.Christina

    That when there is an internalized “No”, a self-set “Yes” may be required (instead of waiting for this Yes to come from the outside) to leave restrictive imprints and design an inner and so as well an outer world where Space be and Love and a sense of freedom may find fresh air to unfold its wings. It took a while… Thanks for your patience!

    11 months ago
  10. Barb C

    I learned from a friend that a documentary is coming out about the friendship between Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama https://www.lionsroar.com/joy-is-a-clean-energy-all-about-mission-joy-and-the-big-joy-project, which sounds wonderful. This led me to the Big Joy project https://ggia.berkeley.edu/bigjoy and I’ve signed up for a week’s worth of joy practices that are also contributing to research.

    On the home front my husband was recently diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and I’ve been learning to bake with sugar substitutes and generally cut carbohydrates. I love to cook and want to be able to make foods for him so I’ve been glad to find some recipes he says are delicious. That gives me joy so it fits right into my practices.

    11 months ago
    1. Holly in Ohio

      Thank you for the links, Barb! I will check those out later today.

      Sorry to hear about your husband’s diabetes. I cook for a friend who has type II., and we found white flour was a big issue with blood sugar, and that increasing fiber at meals also helped. Enjoy your cooking! 🍰

      11 months ago
  11. C
    CLP

    I learned all about caring for mystery snails in a freshwater aquarium-they are so neat! Only the pandemic was able to get me to be still long enough to learn some new things!

    11 months ago
    1. KC

      I love this too. Now I will keep a special look out for snails on the path – literal or otherwise. Thank you!

      11 months ago
    2. Holly in Ohio

      I love this!
      And I think snails are neat, too, especially when you get baby snails!

      11 months ago
      1. Michele

        believe it or not snail facials are a thing-you tube it.

        11 months ago
  12. KC

    I am learning how to hold disappointment in a larger, more spacious and accepting container. Our live church was switched back to Zoom/ online two days before Christmas. I swear it was easier this year than last to accept and live with 🙂

    11 months ago
    1. Michele

      I, too, really liked ‘I am learning how to hold disappointment in a larger, more spacious and accepting container. ‘

      11 months ago
      1. KC

        Thanks Michele. I am so grateful for this daily, spacious container as well. It is such a gift to walk together and share the path with you and so many other beautiful humans …

        11 months ago
    2. C
      CLP

      I really like that description of a larger accepting container for disappointment. Thanks for sharing this.

      11 months ago
      1. KC

        Thanks CLP.

        11 months ago
  13. Don Jones

    I decided to start collecting air-guitars. They are so much fun to play and you can never have too many.

    11 months ago
    1. Holly in Ohio

      And it’s really nice you don’t have to worry about breaking strings! 😄

      11 months ago
  14. MamaCyndi5

    When a situation requires patience and it seems that I am lacking in patience, a deep breathe in and out helps calm the nerves. A second deep breathe in and out allows me to calm my heart. A third one in and out calms my mind. A fourth allows me to clear the chaos. Finally on the fifth slow breathe in and out, my mind and body are ready to respond patiently and to make better decisions.

    11 months ago
  15. Carol

    In the past year I have realized that no matter what my situation is, I need to pray for wisdom. I need to ask for the willingness to learn from it. I was reading Richard Rohr’s Daily Meditation for today and found this quote from him affirming:

    “On the last day of the year, I generally withdraw to pray. A few years ago, I asked myself: What should I pray for this year? What do we need in these turbulent times? Naturally I was strongly tempted to pray for more love. But it occurred to me that I’ve met so many people in the world who are already full of love and who really care for others. Maybe what we lack isn’t love but wisdom. It became clear to me that I should pray above all else for wisdom. We all want to love, but as a rule we don’t know how to love rightly. How should we love so that life will really come from it? I believe that what we all need is wisdom.” Richard Rohr

    11 months ago
    1. C
      CLP

      Thanks, Carol for reminding me of this great resource. His meditations help me so much too.

      11 months ago
  16. Marnie Jackson

    I have been reading about Adlerian psychology – and his definition of the separation of tasks. It has been enlightening – since as a parent, I was taking my children’s tasks away from them – without even realizing I was taking away an opportunity for them to learn. So what have I learned recently – that there are lessons for everyone even in the hard struggles and that my job as a mother is to offer assistance but not take over (which is often so difficult).

    11 months ago
  17. Maeve

    I am learning that it is a relief and delight to have my own place to live in. I am enjoying it, feeling nurtured, and also feel I can welcome friends into my space. Not lonely as I anticipated, At least, not yet!

    11 months ago
  18. Charlie T

    I am learning, that when my circumstances change and I get that feeling in my gut, that sick feeling, it’s okay. I just need time to figure out a plan, breath, put one foot in front of the other and that feeling will slowly go away. It may take a few days or a month, but it will slowly fade as a new plan, direction, opportunity, slowly takes shape.
    I’m slowly learning to trust this.

    11 months ago
  19. Holly in Ohio

    I was reminded by an author, that awareness and closeness to God can be found in doing ordinary tasks, and going about our everyday business.

    11 months ago
  20. Mary Pat

    That my life is better if I take the time to meditate once a day. It makes all the difference.

    11 months ago
    1. Nitish

      Very nice i like your idea

      11 months ago
  21. Maurice Frank

    How to do mail merge with Gmail from a spreadsheet. I had to send dozens of similar emails and this made the task more efficient. I had never done this before.
    More practical than spiritual or personal, but still meaningful to me.

    11 months ago
    1. Mary Pat

      I really am glad for you! I am a self taught computer person, and still have not learnt how to do a spreadsheet. You reminded me that is something I had wanted to learn how to do, so I will add it to my list of things I really want to learn-thanks!

      11 months ago
  22. Butterfly

    I have learnt that I can cope with, and even enjoy, lots of different people coming to help me. Three months ago I had to change to a new care agency. In that time I have met 32 different care staff as opposed to the familiar 5 or 6 that I was used to. Having an illness that causes extreme fatigue and weakness I found it terribly stressful with so many people coming and going; but I have settled in and got to know most of them. They are all really kind and I now enjoy seeing different people and hearing their news and I have learnt to carefully pace myself so I don’t get overwhelmed.

    11 months ago
    1. Holly in Ohio

      It is so nice to hear that your wonderful attitude has rewarded you with a larger social circle. Sending you strength, dear Butterfly! 🙏🦋

      11 months ago
    2. Mary Pat

      May your health improve, Butterfly. Blessings and healing to you.

      11 months ago
  23. EJP

    I have learned that I posses more inner strength and courage than I ever imagined possible.

    11 months ago
    1. Holly in Ohio

      I’m glad you are here, EJP. 🧡

      11 months ago
  24. Carla

    I thought others knew that heating up real chocolate milk was better than water mixed with powdered packets of fragmented ingredients. It is a decadent treat, and brought smiles to many on Christmas Day.

    11 months ago
    1. Mica

      Thanks! I’m inspired to buy some, but the chocolate syrup I put in with coffee, water, and soy silk is probably good, too 🙂

      11 months ago
    2. Holly in Ohio

      sweet! 😄

      11 months ago
  25. Kevin

    About once a week while doing some routine chore, my body reminds me that I am not getting any younger. Whose big idea was that, anyway?

    11 months ago
    1. Holly in Ohio

      not mine!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      11 months ago
  26. Nelson

    I did learn something new about myself. I had a major breakdown with regards to seasonal depression about 3 years ago. I still have shame around it. Been dealing with seasonal depression my whole life. Since then, I’ve been diligently taking care of my health – physically and mentally. Baby steps until they became habits. This year was different. After all that work, this is the first holiday season I actually felt joy. No breakdown whatsoever. I learned that every bit of effort amounted to something I could celebrate.

    11 months ago
    1. C
      CLP

      So happy for you. What a victory. You are not alone:)

      11 months ago
    2. Holly in Ohio

      Good work, Nelson! That is amazing! I’m so happy for you. 🙂

      11 months ago
    3. Christine

      How wonderful, Nelson, that you feel joy. I am happy for you.🍀

      11 months ago
    4. Carla

      Thank you Nelson for sharing the gift and Grace you received!

      11 months ago
    5. Kevin

      I celebrate you, Nelson! Congratulations! Truly.

      11 months ago
  27. Michele

    Each day you get to start fresh:)

    11 months ago
  28. Christine

    The food of Iran.
    A while ago I met a young woman from Iran. She studies here in the Netherlands. She lives a few minutes walk from me. I was invited by her to eat with her. One of her biggest hobbies is cooking. I’m lucky with that. I am not a star in the kitchen myself. She prepared a very tasty meal for me. She’s going to give me a cooking class on New Year’s Day. We will cook and eat together. And we’re both looking forward to it.

    11 months ago
    1. Kevin

      Most of my friends, Christine, are smart enough to know that they should keep me far away from the kitchen. It’s safer all around when they do! 🙂

      11 months ago
      1. Christine

        She doesn’t know yet that I’m a little clumsy, Kevin 🤭. I will try to be careful with knife, pot and pan.

        11 months ago
    2. Michele

      That’s great discovering new foods you like and learning new cultures:)

      11 months ago
      1. Christine

        Yes, Michele, it makes me rich 😊.

        11 months ago
        1. Holly in Ohio

          It brings me joy that you are trying new things, Christine. I wish I could be there with you. ☺

          11 months ago
          1. Christine

            You’re more than welcome, Holly 😊🌷

            11 months ago

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