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Day 16 Loving Kindness

This is one of my favorite meditations. I’ve been doing this now for a couple of times.The quality of mind becomes light and you feel more grounded and down to earth Towards more acceptance of people and situations. Compassion has the opportunity to grow here.

 

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Day 17 Gratitude


Things that I’m most grateful for in my life are my health, good and healthy trusting relationships, the easy access to education, food, water and the online connection to stay in touch with friends, family and the world. I am also (now) most grateful for the challenges in the past. 

Areas of my life where I’d like to cultivate more gratitude are:  Honestly, I never consciously thought about it until Sean spoke about it in his gratitude video. Indeed, I can also show gratitude to a book, equipment at work or some tools. Sometimes I do that, but not deeply. At times I notice how convenient silverware, washing machine or a trailer can be, but the idea of being really aware and consciously grateful at that moment every time I use them, is wonderful. Thank you. 💜

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Beautiful reflections. Indeed, there are many very simplw things that we can so easily overlook or under-appreciate. You know, what comes up for me now as I read your words, what I feel drawn to cultivate more gratitude for, are the small things that simply add beauty - like artwork or a handmade piece of pottery. Yes, some might have 'purpose' in a tangible sense (like a pottery mug), but even the things that are just here to bring beauty are a gift 💗

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7 hours ago, Gillian Sanger said:

Beautiful reflections. Indeed, there are many very simplw things that we can so easily overlook or under-appreciate. You know, what comes up for me now as I read your words, what I feel drawn to cultivate more gratitude for, are the small things that simply add beauty - like artwork or a handmade piece of pottery. Yes, some might have 'purpose' in a tangible sense (like a pottery mug), but even the things that are just here to bring beauty are a gift 💗

Yes, so true. As I woke up this morning, the first things I remembered from last night was the gratitude meditation and I was thinking about the pillow and the mattress I was lying on at that moment and how grateful I am for the  company or person who invented them. Then I focused shifted gratefulness to my body, to my breathing and so on until I got out of bed... what a harmonic approach to wake up. Pottery mugs... we once had a pottery art and crafts store here nearby and I always wanted to create our own mugs.... then came Covid... lesson learned.... next time I just go in right away  - as with other beautiful things in life, too 😊💯

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DAY 18 JUST LIKE ME

In what ways does this affect your perceptions of or experience with this person?

With the “just like me attitude” my approach to people is more with an unbiased and an open heart and mind - Recognizing that we are all human beings with feelings, habits, emotions, and ups and downs in life.

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Day 19 concentration

Deep Listening: How does that shift the experience of the conversation for you?  I had a deeper conversation with a neighbor today. I noticed a brief pause before I responded to what the person just said. While the person was talking I was aware of the quality of my breathing. The whole conversation was more productive in a way that the quality of listening and responding was more heart-based with clearer understanding.

How do you think that experience was for them? I think the person felt heard not only through his words but also with the meaning and feelings behind it. 
It also feels good for me as a listener to take the time in that moment of deep listening and not reacting to the worldly time, just being in the time of natural space.

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Day 20. Walking Meditation

Q.) How did shifting your attention to finding your feet impact your attention, energy, or focus? 

I was much more aware of any muscular-skeletal  imbalances in my left shoulder and right foot, of any insignificant sounds that I would not normally hear, e.g. the refrigerator, the actual sound of silence in the room, the sound of my breath and the steps on the carpet and surprisingly I noticed the position of furniture and their spaces in between them. After the meditation the body felt calmer and the  breathing deeper And I had a feeling that my feet were more connected to the ground.

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Lovely reflections, Jane! Some of these recent sharings of yours really touch on the power of mindfulness to help us better understand one another - to come back into an embodied understanding of our shared humanity. 💗

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Day 21 Compassion (or walking meditation?)

Same as day 20 plus I experienced the benefits of practice of “lifting, moving, dropping”. By having this in mind it is actually very difficult to drift off with your mind- it seems like an effective method to stay in the present moment  and to slow down your breathing and lower any stress levels. Lifting moving dropping….Lifting moving dropping…..Lifting moving dropping…..love it. I noticed Day 21 has the same video content as one day before, but is is titled as Compassion. However, by doing it twice I experienced additional insight in my walking meditation.

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Day 22 Focused Attention

How does this shift the experience of doing the task?

My focus of attention was “eating at lunch break”.  I noticed that when I was somewhere else with my mind while eating and while I was in conversation with somebody, I was not aware of the actual process of eating, the joy of eating, not aware of my appreciation and gratitude of the food on the plate, and I was not able to follow the conversation properly with active listening and responding wisely. Honestly, I felt I was missing a piece of life and reality if I am not in the present moment🙈🙉🙊

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On 8/25/2021 at 4:49 AM, jane508 said:

Day 22 Focused Attention

How does this shift the experience of doing the task?

My focus of attention was “eating at lunch break”.  I noticed that when I was somewhere else with my mind while eating and while I was in conversation with somebody, I was not aware of the actual process of eating, the joy of eating, not aware of my appreciation and gratitude of the food on the plate, and I was not able to follow the conversation properly with active listening and responding wisely. Honestly, I felt I was missing a piece of life and reality if I am not in the present moment🙈🙉🙊

This reminds me of something I once read by Jan Chozen Bays. It was something like:

"If you want to have a party in your mouth, the mind has to be invited." ☺️

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