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Our One Year Anniversary

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Hello all! I missed it last week but I wanted to mention that this community has now passed its one year anniversary. Thank you to all who have contributed along the way. It is so wonderful to connect with others on this beautiful subject and practice - especially during the times we find ourselves in.

With that said, I'd like to offer a few reflection questions to ponder. Feel free to answer any that speak to you:

  • When did you join this community and what drew you to it?
  • How has your personal practice changed in the past year?
  • What is one piece of wisdom you could share with the 'you' of one year ago?

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It is wonderful to have you in the community @ockert! I am happy to see your updates about the 100 Day Challenge 🙂

I'll start off by answering some of the questions:

I joined this community right as it began, coming on as the community moderator. When Sean mentioned that he was planning this community, it seemed quite aligned to something I had been feeling at the same time, which was this yearning for a community with which I could talk about mindfulness, spirituality, and all the things that fall under these umbrella terms. 

Over the past year, my own personal practice has ebbed and flowed with each month. Sometimes I am more drawn to silent practice; at other times, I love guided meditations. Sometimes I prefer stillness; sometimes I long for mindful movement. Right now I find myself called to talks and mindful movement. 

One piece of wisdom I would share with myself of one year ago... Hm...

I think I would remind myself not to rush - to be wherever I am, however I am. And to tend to that self with patience, kindness, and compassion.

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As I was watching the Video RE: The 7 Attitudes of Mindfulness with Jon Kabat Zinn & when he spoke of the Letting Go attitude, I was reminded of the Serenity Prayer from a Religious perspective:

God, Grant me the Serenity to Accept the things I cannot change, Courage to to change the things I can, and the Wisdom to know the difference. ( Dr. Reinhold Niebuhr). I am usually reminded, those "things" I can change 99.9% of the time, is my attitude! The "Wisdom" for me was usually failings from wanting that Control!

Hence, the magic has been knowing the difference between Controlling a situation, yet, however, Managing a situation.

(Sidebar, Gillian---the re-editing the Italics worked today).

Edited by Rick @ FinestCoaching
Testing the Editing via the Italics.
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