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I guess I have learned I enjoy my space and alone time more as I get older. I do enjoy spending time with others but
now enjoy quiet and solitude more then when I was younger.
Something comes to mind which I stumbled over recently, and this is to rediscover my intense feeling for the trees and nature in general. When I saw a sequence in a video of the forest devastated by the current conditions the trees have to exist in, the conifers bald of needles lying broken and dead, I just started crying and felt it all in a very natural sense of being intimately connected with them. My spontaneous reaction was a surprise to me, and I then realized that I had learned to feel and perceive myself separated from these living beings and had cut myself off, while now feeling intensely that when these trees suffer, I feel their suffering. It was a surprise to find myself that open, a kind of a natural state I must have had as a child and a gift when I felt myself being intimately reconnected and just being with them in this way. Thank you for asking this question. 🙏🌲❤️
The writing in am doing is revealing perspectives and contexts about myself that are new to my conscious awareness. But perhaps of greater significance is the revisiting of lines of scripture and seeing completely new dimensions and deep Wisdom. Of course, the challenge is shaping and molding those insights, so they make some semblance of sense on paper.
I am gradually making the shift from living “concept centered” towards “heart centered” but making very slow non-linear progress.
I have learned that I don’t have to continually uplift a “friend” at my own expense. It is ok to say to myself, ok enough, no more. Once again my kindness, my light, have been disrespected by this person. I realized I don’t need this behavior in my life anymore. I need friends who uplift & honor me not drag me down.
I have learned I need to do what is best for me.
A constant learning lesson on this road of life.
I have learned that sleep is very important to me! I have learned that I can control my reactions if I take a step back and breathe. I am still learning to be more present.
Like Charlie, I came up empty and reading other responses helped me think about this in a variety of ways. Then I remembered something that happened yesterday so I can say that I learned (yet again, and I’m sure I’ll learn it again and again) that a simple two-sentence apology–“I spoke without thinking. I’m sorry”–is a much more effective apology than my usual long version trying to explain everything behind something I said, which is really just a way of letting myself off the hook.
I have learned that being home alone isn’t all that bad. I have learned that good and bad don’t actually exist objectively. They are simply things labeled by the human mind based on our wants and expectations. This to me is a great relief! I’m so grateful to be free from the burden that I have been caring around constantly labeling everything based on my perspective! My perspective is just that, a perspective and doesn’t really exist! Here is a new place of joy and gratitude where I have never seen before. Thank you 🙏
I pondered this question for a bit, and came up empty. So I read all of your responses. What an absolute treasure you all are. Okay, In the last three years I’ve learned so much about myself. More recently though, I’ve learned that I can actually speak in front of a group people without crippling anxiety. This is very new for me and has everything to do with mindfulness, intention, and
my other practices (and meds 😁). It’s so nice to feel forward movement after a lifetime of suffering. Ahhhh.
Good job Charlie !
I can listen to others better, opening my mind to acceptance, than I was before. In moments of inner turmoil, asking myself for humility allows for asking, what is the treasure in this moment.
I have been aware I am not always the problem. That others are as human as I am. I don’t have to take the blame always.
This post was affirming for me, Yram. I tend to take too much responsibility for a situation.
I don’t know that I’ve found out anything new about myself recently but I do find that my self awareness is heightened by my practice of mindfulness. Mindfulness makes it possible for me to nip negativity in the bud. I find it easier to respond instead of react to difficult situations and/or decisions.
That I am utterly and completely human. I make mistakes, have emotions, and limitations. And it is OK. Because I am not perfect. I am allowed! We all are! And to remember that is important. And just as important is to remind others that they are human as well and they are not perfect either, and it is OK. We are just as worthy of love as the next person. Amen. Let it be. May it be so.
I can be present in “the now” and multi-task a myriad of projects with a “to do” list near by. I’ve also learned how many traits I have of dog energy from being born under the Chinese calendar sign of The Dog.
I can’t think of anything ‘new’ … I will look forward to reading others comments on this one. Enjoy your Sunday everyone:)
I was able to use RAIN (recognize, allow, investigate, nurture if I recall properly) somewhat unconsciously yesterday dealing with a troubling circumstance and my accompanying emotions. The outcome was not perfect but I did not go to my old cure all….alcohol. Guess old dogs can learn new tricks.
I have learned something about accepting my limits. I don’t have a bottomless well of patience, and that is OK. Accepting my limitations helps me to recognize a situation where I should change the subject, or back off, or just excuse myself.
I have learned that I possess great inner strength and courage, more than I ever imagined possible.
That to be housebound alone for a week by an unrelenting snowstorm in a condo association that doesn’t salt the walkways/parking lot is very rough on my nerves. Fortunately, I had done a grocery shop just before, I had/have heat and electricity, and a lot of movies to watch. I remember the old Girl Scout message to be prepared.
I’m sorry to hear you’re snowbound, Pilgrim. That’s fun for a couple of days, but a week is a stretch. Hopefully, the weather will warm or the condo association will do something about the walkways. Seems like it would be part of the bylaws.
I learned yesterday that I don’t hate surprises like I used to. I never liked being surprised in the past, and actually told my husband a few weeks ago – “no surprises for my birthday.” He had me take this weekend off, telling me we had a wedding to cater yesterday. Had me run an errand on the way to said wedding, but then called and said he had a tire issue and needed me back to help reload everything into my car. I go home, and there were family and friends in our yard, tents set up, food cooking…. Surprise! I loved it and am so grateful to have been honored and celebrated.
Happy birthday, dear Sunnipatti! May the cornucopia of life be full of joy for you 🎉
Happy Birthday Sunnypatti…🥳
A very happy birthday to you, and may this year ahead be filled with much love and laughter and ONLY more good surprises!
Sunnypatti, Happy Birthday! May you continue to reveal in the Joy and Love you received via the party. Ps clever husband:)
After 20 years of not being able to know exactly what was causing me so much S.I. joints and back pain, doctors have finally diagnosed me with having Ankylosis Spondylitis. With this diagnosis, new medications that have proven effective are now available to me. Even with the expected side effects, I’m eager to get started, and will do so soon.
Kevin, good luck to you. I pray you get relief from your pain. 🙏🏻❤️
Oh boy, do I know how that feels….not your particular diagnosis, but them finally finding out what is causing it all. Congratulations! Keep us posted on how the meds are working…..I get it. 🙌 🎉
That I still have to learn how to deal with impatient and pushy people. Sometimes it’s hard to blame myself for the problem. I know they can be as they are. If they bother me, I shouldn’t blame them. Oh, how hard that is sometimes.
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