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Who have been the most impactful 'silent teachers' in your life?

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This week's question asks:

Who have been the most impactful 'silent teachers' in your life?

For this week's question, it will probably be helpful to describe what I mean by 'silent teachers'. I struggle to find a better adjective. Essentially, I am curious about who you have learned the most from who wouldn't describe themselves as a teacher. These 'teachers' are people (or animals or elements) that teach simply through their way of being or the wisdom they exude. Examples include:

Your babysitter growing up, your grandmother, the lake near to your house, a pet, the majestic eagle, soil microorganisms, and so forth.

What or whom has taught you greatly but whom wouldn't call themselves a teacher?

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Great question, Gillian! I'd say the most impactful 'silent teachers' I have had in my life are Mother Earth herself and all of her inhabitants (i.e., floral and fauna). Mother Nature doesn't rush, yet everything is accomplished.  Being among nature, I have learned to be present with what is and patience. I have learned that everything is connected to everything else. Within that connection, there is a graceful dance flowing with the music of life. 

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Beautiful reflections Cherish! I resonate very much with your words.

Mother Nature has indeed taught me much, but to offer a different answer to the question, I will add that my two dogs have been remarkable teachers of unconditional love, of play, and of presence. And, of embracing the flow of things. They hold onto nothing, are able to relax deeply, and have infinite amounts of love to give. I am truly blessed by their presence.

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Hi everyone-

This is such a thought provoking question.  I think I would say that my most impactful silent teachers are two- my son and my daughter.  I have been reminded by and through them, at each age and stage- of the impermanence and wonder of life.  The container of motherhood has been a learning lab where I have cultivated patience, curiosity, experiencing emotions, forgiveness, humility, and love.

Hope this finds everyone in the community well.

Rachel

 

 

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Thank you Gillian and you’re very welcome! Animals do show us so much! What kind of dogs do you share your life with? 
As a lover of dogs and all animals really, I am surprised I didn’t say anything about them in my earlier post. Well, then again, I am not. I lost my two dogs within a year of each other; October ‘19 and October ‘20. My Kayleigh was a golden retriever and her son was a golden mix. I do have two 15 year old orange tabbies that remind me to not take life so seriously. 
Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts! 

Beautiful Rachel! ❤️

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On 4/9/2021 at 2:51 PM, Rachel said:

The container of motherhood has been a learning lab where I have cultivated patience, curiosity, experiencing emotions, forgiveness, humility, and love.

Beautiful way to put it! Thank you for sharing Rachel. Your words, as always, are very cherished here.

On 4/9/2021 at 9:45 PM, Cherish said:

I lost my two dogs within a year of each other; October ‘19 and October ‘20. My Kayleigh was a golden retriever and her son was a golden mix. I do have two 15 year old orange tabbies that remind me to not take life so seriously. 

Cherish, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Animals are such a special part of the family. 
My partner and I have a mom-daughter pair of dogs. They were strays from Greece so we do not know the breed (the mother was found abandoned in a dumpster and soon after had three puppies). 

Here they are: 

 

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Thank you for your condolences, Gillian. Animals sure are a special part of the family! They also teach us much about impermanence.  Your fur kids are adorable! Bless you for rescuing them! 

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