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Thank you for all your replies, many of them reflect what is to be learned by me. To trust and to let go of fear still is something to learn right now, to be in the moment and to go with the flow in order to be of service for the good of all. Let go of control applies to me also, as several have mentioned already.
I have to agree with Nannette today ” I would like to learn how to accept the things I cannot change”. It is a constant battle for me. I feel like I need to try to control these things. I also have tried several sessions/types of meditation but nothing clicks except for walking in nature for me so I will still purse this until I find what works!
I am in the final throws of publishing a book on mastery as it has applied to my life. It is a topic that I have become a little bit entangled in. There is so much to explore.
A book on mastery. Sounds intriguing Don.
I want to learn how to let go of all that does not serve me. Release those attachments that are not for my highest good. Let go of the negative.
I also want to get better at staying calm & centered in the midst of chaos, change, uncertainty. Acceptance.
On an intellectual note, I would like to read the classics. Have not read too many of them.
I am trying to wean myself off of too much screen time & more time spent with books. My eyes will thank me so will my mind.😊
How to be more present. How to let go of my anxiety and all the stories I tell myself that are holding me back. Better time management. Better self care. How to be more patient and empathetic. How to be a better mom and advocate for my son. How to best realize my potential and release my self doubt.
My list feels very academic; I love learning new facts and connecting them to other things I already know. I expect that when I’m retired I’ll sign up for lots of classes.
Fluency in another language (building on my rusty high school French and Spanish).
How to kayak.
More about the history and culture of the Squaxin Island and Nisqually people whose lands I live on. (A worksheet for this, thanks to a footnote in the book American Detox https://collectiveliberation.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Indigenous-Resistance-Homework.pdf)
More about the natural systems in this part of the world (somewhere I have a quiz about that too)
A bit about geology.
Enough astronomy to be able to name the constellations I look at in the night sky.
What I’m doing wrong when I start levain for bread; for some reason it’s just not taking off and I’m about to throw out my third batch after a couple of days of no real activity. The first one was so promising and then died. I’m a good cook and bake bread with no problem but this is defeating me.
How not to reflexively push back at a valid critique of something my team is doing at work. (Put “mama bear” mode on pause…)
To remember to pause before answering when I feel I know more than the other person.
That certain things that give me momentary gratification don’t actually make me happier over the long run.
That is quite the list. Keep up the ambition. Your sense of excitement motivates me. Thank you.
I am attempting to learn quite a few things.
To be in the moment.
To listen with intention.
To accept things as they are.
To be grateful for what I have and all
that I have experienced.
When I think about it, I’m not really
trying to learn, I’m just doing.
Doing the things that I actually enjoy.
Weather it’s reading, meditating, playing
drums, or doing yoga, Just doing these
things is rewarding. No tests, no big goal,
no approval from others.
And by being curious, I learn new things
almost every day.
To truly dwell in the present moment or as Ram Dass said, “Be Here Now.” To truly trust Life here and now. This is holy ground and it is always here and now, hear and know.
I worked as a journalist for enough years to be familiar with the WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE and WHY questions but even when we have answers to them, we do not always have explanations! Richard Rohr says, “The demand for the perfect is the enemy of the possible good. Be peace and do justice, but let’s not expect perfection in ourselves or the world. Perfectionism contributes to intolerance and judgmentalism and makes ordinary love largely impossible. ” I try to live my questions instead of wait for answers. Resolution often pursues.
Oh, and I love Steve Charleston’s quote: “Strive to be aware of the holy in the most mundane of things and you will see it open up before you: the everday is the abode of the eternal.” What a marvelous definition of “The Eternal Now.”
Sending thank yous to the caring and encouraging messages I received yesterday. I got busy yesterday and now have several medical tests scheduled next week. I’ve done what I can do in this moment. I’m at peace.
How to live comfortably within my body, within relationships, within ever changing situations.
Peace and acceptance.
I think a life long challenge…I would like to learn how to accept the things I cannot change. To Let Go and Let God. I never thought that I had a control issue – but that has become very clear to me…I like to be in Control of things. On the other hand; today…I just want to learn to accept that I did not sleep in two nights. Yesterday; I was great, I was able to do everything and more that I set out to do. This morning…I am full of aches and pains- I had planned a walk and a trip to town for groceries…but that may be on hold. It is forecast that we will have a severe storm with hail…so I would rather be home than driving on the highway in that weather. And then….I have much to be thankful for…so I am running with that thought! Wishing you all a great and safe day.
That sounds like a good self-care plan. I agree that learning is life long.
I’d like to learn how to help our new dog get over her fear of being in the yard. She was fine before the 4th of July, but 4 days in a row of fireworks really messed her up. She doesn’t want to be out anymore, so she’s not playing with our other dog and she had finally learned to play… it’s so frustrating.
I would like to be free and liberated with the universe!
I would like to learn to quiet the “mind chatter”. May everyone’s day be blessed with peace.🕊🙏💖🧘♀️🌈
At this stage in my life, there are so many physical, mental and emotional changes to be absorbed. At 30, I assumed anyone over 60 was sort of static, at the apex of having life mastered. How wrong I was. Had no idea. I’d like to learn to be better at processing and, where appropriate, embracing those changes.
A big thank you to those who posted their encouragement to me yesterday. I’ll get through it. I know I will. But right now I’m not relishing the journey. I’ve posted this before, but I am reminded again of Winston Churchill’s quote (paraphrased) that while he enjoyed learning he did not always like to be taught.
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