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Sowing the Seeds of Possibility

I am an eternal optimist.

Despite the challenges, the horrible acts of mankind, the hatred, the storms of deception, and the rampant, pervasive, growing maelstrom of anger – I hold every day, that there is hope for our humanity. I believe there is a possibility for transformation and growth. I have faith that we can each evolve into wiser, more compassionate human beings.  Less reactive, able to not only speak our own truth but hear the truth of others.  More proactive in stepping out and speaking out peacefully, and with an open heart, when we see and experience wrongdoing to our fellow human being no matter the religious belief, political ideology, or color of skin.  Each of us able to take greater self-responsibility, not just with words but through our actions.

With these thoughts in mind, I wanted to share with all of you the following words from Robert Wright’s book Why Buddhism Is True.  I needed these words this week as my heart sunk with the horrific death of George Floyd and the resulting looting and tearing apart of a city washed with anger and hatred.  All I could think of, “is oh my – where are headed?” I felt a deep fear for humanity.  And so, Robert Wright’s words brought me back to some sense of solace and hope.

Back to believing that transformation is possible and that even one individual’s path creates a ripple of change in the world.

Robert Wright shares the following thoughts on our world today and our path forward.

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Send Your Roots Down Into Soil That Nourishes Your Soul

Overnight my phone rang at 3 am.  It was my daughter who lives in Nashville TN.  Over the past few weeks she and her fiancé have been through a tornado which destroyed their new neighborhood of east Nashville. They have, as all of have, made many difficult adjustments to their lives due to the spread of coronavirus.  And last night – the phone call.  Their living roof caved in and collapsed on their dog crate (yes – dog inside) and all over their living room.

Strength, Gratitude, and Loving Kindness

A lot to cope with.  And yet, when I spoke to her this morning her attitude was upbeat, they had a friend helping them store some items, had saved their artwork, and prepared their home for the contractors as they pack up and head to Montana to wait out this outbreak. They are safe and un-harmed, and the dogs are safe and unharmed.  Thank goodness. The new couch is completely ruined.  That, we can handle. We are so grateful.

I was reminded of a phrase my father has shared me often when I have faced difficult times.  “God never hands you more than you can handle.”  I know this to be true.  We are all stronger than we think we are.  There will be pain and there will be loss. There will be days where it feels like the roof is collapsing over our heads and spreading dust and chaos everywhere.

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12 Days of Mindful Living

Day One: A Day of Listening

Today, in the hustle, bustle, and busyness take time to listen.

“From Listening, Comes wisdom…” Proverb

TODAY’S MEDITATION:
Practice a 10-minute Meditation of listening to the sounds around you.  Listen to sounds far away, sounds in the space where you are and even the sounds of your own body.

MINDFUL ACTIVITIES:

  • Ask an elder to share a story from their past with you.
  • Read aloud a story with your partner/family/friend.
  • Sit and listen to some inspiring and spiritual music.

MOVEMENT
Take a walk in Silence and listen to the sounds around you.

Day Two: A Day of Appreciation

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