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  1. n

    The belief that there is a higher power that is there to ensure that I am and I will be taken care of
    The confidence that I have an active role in connecting with that higher power
    The power of self-observation that helps me to see how my actions and thoughts are shaping my life
    The practice of mantras that helps me change my life positively
    The cultivating of a mind that helps me to be calm and patient in all situations

    2 years ago
  2. Malag

    Mindfulness, meditation, retreats, and when I occasionally do so journaling. Also those close to me reflect some of that back.

    2 years ago
  3. Andrea

    That might sound funny, but what supports me in looking at my life as it is and embracing it as it is is standing with a tree. I have a tree friend. Her name is Esther. I stand with her almost daily cheek to cheek . She teaches me to embrace what is and and whatever comes, she teaches me to have patient and to trust the universe that it will provide exactly what I need.

    2 years ago
    1. Hermann-Josef

      Wonderfull. Thank you

      2 years ago
    2. Malag

      I also find my centre when I am in close proximity to trees, Andrea.

      2 years ago
  4. ADP

    I am struggling with this right now. I have always counted on my husband and my family to support me in life struggles or stressors. My husband is no longer my support and I try not to dump to much on my children, they have their own struggles and stressors. I am going to try and support myself. I like what Haley had to say. I need to look inward and figure out what I need and handle my struggles and stressors myself. Hopefully sharing daily and some meditation, this can be done.

    2 years ago
  5. Haley

    I think I support me. I’ve never felt that anyone else has; well, they have on the outside but not who I am on the inside. I look inwards for support. I’m only 20 and it seems as though people my age don’t “get it” as they say. I love to sit on my apartment balcony and just think. Think about what my stressors are, what’s made me happy today, my family, pets, day-dreaming about my future career. So yeah, I guess overall I look inward to see a direct view of my life and try to sort through what emotions/ actions I’ve perceived and which are reality

    2 years ago
  6. Don Jones

    Perhaps a deep personal honesty, seeing what really is rather than what I might like it to be or influenced by likes and dislikes. A further key context is the pursuit of Truth. A deep, unrelenting yearning to know the Truth.

    2 years ago
  7. Linda

    I am 67 and it seems the years are flying by! I don’t have unlimited time and I want to use what I have left for good. I am probably not doing enough, but I am helping others in several ways, including caring for my husband. It is important to take stock, and today’s Daily Question is a good reminder.

    2 years ago
    1. Michael Mac

      You are not alone Linda! 67, and feeling the same. As Bob Jesse, the founder of the Council on Spiritual Practices, said when asked where do we start, “Do what’s in front of you”. It’s always helped me when I start to wonder what to do or thinking too much about how little time I may have left. Remember, if you are walking the walk, you will touch people in ways you will never know about in ways you could never imagine. Blessings – Mike

      2 years ago
      1. Javier Visionquest

        Ha! I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Bob. He’s my mentor, Chuck Jesse’s, brother.

        2 years ago
      2. Linda

        Good reminder, Mike. Do what’s in front of you. I can do that!

        2 years ago
  8. Elaine

    Gratefulness practice is a core support. It is a reliable guide to being real.

    2 years ago
  9. Mica

    The patio doors and windows I face as I sit here at my computer, showing me the sky as it is at this moment

    2 years ago
  10. Barb C

    Making time for reflection in a formal way is one element. Paying attention to the reality of this moment is easier when I’m in nature, even just walking around the block between countless meetings. And right now, the news reminds me to recognize how insulated I am from terrible events like Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and how lucky I am not to have to pack my belongings and flee war or drought or famine. Waking up to my privilege supports me in examining my thoughts and actions, checking my assumptions, and explicitly recognizing the limitations of my perspective and lived experience.

    2 years ago
  11. O.Christina

    looking at my life directly as it is! with all beauty, responsibility, difficulties, joy and love for what I am allowed to live! and not to forget: Gratitude!

    2 years ago
  12. Hermann-Josef

    Looking without thinking.

    2 years ago
  13. Cathie

    Hmmm, my life as it is vs. as I perceive it to be? Interesting question.
    Taking time for self-reflection, going deep inside myself helps.
    Well, that supposes I am open to my own insights and self discovery.
    And sometimes, someone else’s paradigm of me, can help me “see” my blind spots and therefor shed light directly on things in my life that I might not have seen.
    That being said, if I do not agree with their view – or don’t incorporate that insight into my paradigm then the lens with which I look directly at my life may not change.
    So self reflection and listening to someone I trust can help me look directly at my life as it truly is vs. as I perceive it – I think.

    2 years ago
  14. Charlie T

    Once again, so much wisdom here.
    The things I’ve turned away from and the things I’m turning towards, help to give me some perspective. Seeing the world (including me) as it is, is a goal and a practice of mine. Gratitude is part of that. It opens up the view and adds balance.

    2 years ago
  15. Carol

    The belief that Life itself is trustworthy is what supports me. I need not fight it, flee from it or freeze. Life will show me the way if I’m willing to go with the flow.

    2 years ago
  16. Ed Schulte
    2 years ago
    1. pkr

      Ed, thank you for sharing these words of wisdom & this site. This site, The Gentle Art of Blessing, is exactly what I need NOW.. Thank you kindly. Have a blessed day. 🙏❤️

      2 years ago
      1. Ed Schulte
        2 years ago
      2. Ed Schulte

        You are most welcome per, please feel free to share it abundantly.

        2 years ago
    2. O.Christina

      This is just great and very inspiring. A full YES to it. Thank you dear Ed, thank you dear Pierre Pradervand for this piece of beauty and hope.

      2 years ago
      1. Ed Schulte
        2 years ago
      2. Ed Schulte

        And ” Thank Us ” after all, All we truly have is each other. ( A Sufi proverb )

        2 years ago
  17. Laura

    Pausing to turn away from the daily busyness. Reminding myself that it isn’t just my mundane life but The Life. Journaling also provides perspective, especially when I feel overwhelmed. 🇺🇦

    2 years ago
  18. Javier Visionquest

    Rabbit, rabbit, rabbit!

    2 years ago
    1. Michele

      Thank you – I learned something new:) I mentioned this to my kids and apparently my middle one, Kerry, learned about this in the 6th grade and has been saying it with her best friend, like a competition, who says it first. Now Mama is in on it! Next month the 1st also coincides with a new moon.

      2 years ago
      1. Javier Visionquest

        It’s the only superstition I consciously allow myself and it connects me still with my great grandmother, who would call on the rabbits as her first utterance of the month when I was a kid. . . .for “good luck”

        2 years ago
    2. Michele

      Thanks I never heard of that I just googled the meaning of rabbit rabbit rabbit on the 1st of the month I’ll have to give it a try🙂

      2 years ago
    3. pkr

      Yes, yes, 🐰🐰. Happy March…..

      2 years ago
    4. Cathie

      LOL – I forgot, it is the 1st day of the month!!!

      2 years ago
    5. Javier Visionquest

      y’know those relationships that I’m forever on about? A man is . . . reflections of. . . soul, forty days, the paradox of “hallucinogenics”, blah, blah, blah? I’ve become quite redundant here. Recently, I’ve participated in a few qualitative clinical studies that approach the same or similar queries from multiple perspectives to minimize bias and illuminate blind spots and practicing here at gratefulness.org has provided me such an objective snapshot of my inner landscape. My life “as it is” is only a thin slice, a narrow band on the frequency of my life as it is.

      2 years ago
      1. Mica

        Thank you, Javier and Cathie, for introducing me to this new custom!

        2 years ago
  19. Nelson

    Meditation. Journaling. Taking a break from work, which can be very consuming most days. Spending quality with loved ones and reconnecting.

    2 years ago
  20. EJP

    My faith supports me always.

    2 years ago
  21. Maurice Frank

    My journal which I have written in irregularly but frequently over more than 20 years.

    2 years ago
  22. Patricia

    Knowing that God loves me fully, as I am. I have nothing to fear.

    2 years ago
  23. devy

    M’y daily practice of gratitude and meditations as well as my readings such as on gratitude,.org.

    2 years ago
  24. Mary Pat

    Meditation, journaling, keeping in touch with friends and of course family, and walking in our wooded areas….they are all my lifeline.

    2 years ago
  25. Pilgrim

    For the most part, it is more about Who supports me … my family, my friends and their love, wisdom, patience, and humor. The “What” is the gift of each new day, a true Gift, in fact that may offer surprise and challenge, curiosity and the unknown, to keep things interesting and my brain in motion.

    2 years ago
  26. sunnypatti48317

    My practice – meditation, journaling, prayer, yoga and studies. These all help me stay grounded and allow me to pay attention to what is happening in the here and now. I’m grateful that I learned how to be present!

    2 years ago
  27. Kevin

    Time. As a man closing in on 72 years of life, my “somedays” are now, so it’s up to me to truly know who I am and what I want to be about moving forward with my life.

    Family. My family supports me with love, as I support each family member with love in return. It’s a simple formula and it means everything.

    Spirit. My faith, and that of Spirit, truly knows me for who I am. We talk, and I listen, and never enough.

    2 years ago
    1. Cathie

      Yes, taking time to listen is not something many do in this culture. Thank you for the reminder!

      2 years ago
  28. Michele

    I’m having a hard time with ‘what’, it would be easier if it were a ‘who’ supports me …. my initial thought was my family.

    2 years ago
  29. Antoinette

    The present moment contains everything. Anything else is like the quote of the r day says – a story.
    Have a beautiful present moment friends.

    2 years ago
    1. Carol

      Amen, Antoinette.

      2 years ago
    2. Kevin

      You too, Antoinette. Thank you!

      2 years ago
  30. Christine

    I am convinced that this life is the choice of my soul. So I get support from the inside out. It is up to me whether I use my free will in the right way. A gift to my soul.💛

    2 years ago
    1. Carol

      Christine, I hear you. Blessings always and all ways.

      2 years ago
    2. Laura

      This is beautiful. Thank you for giving me a new perspective.

      2 years ago
    3. Antoinette

      Lovely Christine !

      2 years ago

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