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That change is inevitable and by returning to this present moment, be it through my breath or a moment of stillness then a sense of peace is restored.
Memento mori helps. Against that truth, the petty fictions I reflexively adopt to get through this day or that task take a back seat.
If you lean away it’s still going to happen! May as well get on for the ride.
Life is too short. This past year I have witnessed death, bankruptcy, loss and things changing from day to day. It has lead me to believe that you cannot control tomorrow. All you have is today. And when things are good, try to be in the moment as much as possible, embrace it and enjoy it.
Thank you for this reminder, John.
I guess one of my favorite perspectives is “this too shall pass”.
It seemed that a possible attitude was to find inner stillness. Then I came back to the reply which was appearing when I first read the question, which was that to realize that collecting all the experiences in life and to give it back to society like a ripened fruit of the life lived, so that the condensed experience might be available for the next generation for example, to me seems to be a very nourishing perspective for all concerned. Then the experience is passed forward and is available for the next ones who possibly might benefit from it. Thank you for this question and the time given to process it. 🙏
That is an interesting perspective Ose. Thank you.
The notion that every experience and happening in life is a potential blessing can help me lean into life as it is. This helps me remember that all joys and difficulties of life are opportunities for growth, wisdom, and gaining compassion.
By showing up each day. Just like the sun. Always there, even if you can’t always see it. And shines on everyone, without exception.
Movement is life. Move a muscle change a thought. It’s an AA term but it makes sense to me. I can get bogged down in overthinking. It’s best that I keep moving and not get so caught up in my head. I wrote a long explanation of my philosophy and deleted it by accident. It was good that I did. But I must tell you life for me is about movement. “You are as old as your spine is flexible”. I learned that from a yogi long ago and when I looked it up it is found in many circles so not its re-membered for me today and I will move in ways I have learned that make me feel alive and well. Qi gong, yoga, dance, core awareness work whatever it takes. Movement is life!
Absolutely agree Toni. We are bodies first. I regain a healthy perspective when I get out out of my head and move. I can count on it.
I figure everyone is challenged with the pandemic and just life’s regular trials like health issues, love issues and earning issues. So a smile or any effort at calmness, especially kindness to all now is so important. Again from my spiritual teacher I say every morning ” What would love have me do today? Something always arises to help me lean into life. Grateful and positive into life as it is now.
I like that, as a daily morning question – thanks for sharing, Melissa.
You can’t change what has already happened.
You can only attempt to affect your future.
You have full reign to affect what is happening in the current moment, so make sure to make the best of it!
Trying not to take anything too personally and remember that everyone is dealing with their own life stuff.
Looking forward, instead of getting bogged down by my past. .
I just read an article in Oprah’s magazine’s Resilience issue that brought tears to my eyes
I try to remember that I am a microscopic speck on a microscopic planet in all of reality, but that there are likely worlds within me, too.
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