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  1. Tak0yakii

    Learning about how my mind, my body and my spirit all correlate together.

    2 years ago
  2. Malag

    Learning for well being: I do that on an ongoing basis
    Learning for curiosity or pleasure: same.
    Learning so as to change something in me: I realised long ago that that just rejects me and is a recipe for pain.
    Learning for career development: I have no immediate aspirations.
    Learning a skill to help others: this is where I’d like to develop more. I have some thoughts but I am still exploring where this one will fly.

    2 years ago
  3. Love Abundantly

    I would like to learn how to let go when it’s necessary.

    2 years ago
  4. d
    db82258

    the word for today spoke to me, keep one still secret spot within your heart, the secret place, too often I give that up

    2 years ago
  5. Melissa

    I would like to learn how to enjoy life in the moment and still be connected with such huge events like climate change, the pandemic and a war going on. I am in many groups working on climate change resilience, helping to send aid to Ukraine and staying with the science on the pandemic. Yet it is so stressful knowing these events are happening. I need to learn more how to lean into the moment of grateful joy when it is here.

    2 years ago
  6. ADP

    I need to learn more patience with life itself. All this uneasiness in the world and country is so stressful. I want to enjoy and live life to the fullest. The older you get the more precious time is.

    2 years ago
  7. Peter

    I am a first time visitor to this site, and am anticipating my community to continue to expand exponentially.
    2022 has begun well for me, complete with a crisis that shook me to the core. Now, for the first time in my life I have asked for help. And I am receiving so much. I only needed to ask.
    I am not alone!
    So far I have been asking to learn the ways of much needed self-compassion and being present in this moment. So much help, so much access, and so many people thanking me for asking of them, so that they can help.
    Bless us all

    2 years ago
    1. sunnypatti48317

      Hi Peter! Welcome!

      2 years ago
      1. Peter

        Thank you sunnypatti. I am grateful for you seeing me.

        2 years ago
    2. Michele

      Welcome Peter

      2 years ago
      1. Peter

        Thank you Michele. Welcome is a word I hear frequently as I travel my path. Our path.
        I would also like to learn to cook.

        2 years ago
  8. Diane

    Although I have been visiting here daily for some time now, this is my first post here.
    I am still learning and growing in so many areas…but I would say at this time in my life I would like to continue on my journey towards radical acceptance. Embracing each present moment, event, happenstance just as it is, knowing that there is serenity waiting for me there.

    2 years ago
    1. Pilgrim

      Dear Diane, it is late for me to visit here, but I am happy that I did and found your words. And I found in the Lounge your quote from Rumi … one of my favorites. I have had a rough day in various directions, so I am grateful to have ventured here in late evening. Blessings, my friend.

      2 years ago
    2. Michele

      It’s always nice to read new posts. Welcome Diane

      2 years ago
  9. O.Christina

    To let go of fear would be one of the main emotions I hope to be able to let go of. So many unnecessary reactions due to that in me and in others. It would be freeing for all concerned and in order to be fully available in service for my fellow people.

    2 years ago
  10. Linda

    I think it is learning to age well. To thrive and to make the most of the rest of my life.

    2 years ago
  11. Mica

    How to view myself as a rock in a rock polisher instead of stressing out or freaking out whenever things go wrong. [And how to add emojis with my new computer]

    2 years ago
  12. Emmaleah

    I would like to learn to find a balance between caring for myself and caring for my special needs son. My self care has fallen to the wayside for several years now and I know I need to find a way to better nourish my body and soul while still giving my little one all that he needs.

    2 years ago
    1. Mica

      Warm wishes to you and your son, dear Emmaleah – may you succeed in your aspiration!

      2 years ago
      1. Emmaleah

        Thank you Mica ☺

        2 years ago
  13. M
    Mahua Seth

    After 30 years of difficult marriage I have moved out. I would like to love living alone and find the pleasure of my own company. I would love to explore things which I always wanted but never could.

    2 years ago
  14. Y
    Yram

    I would like to learn how to live more confidently in the tech world. I want to learn how to be a “long distance ” parent and grandparent keeping up strong relationships. I want to learn how to be more gracious with my aging body and “slowed down” mind. I want to learn to be more aware of the Holy One present in me. I am also at the back of the class but slowly moving forward. I thank you classmates for the help.

    2 years ago
  15. Mary

    I would like to feel peaceful in my whole being. ♥️

    2 years ago
  16. j
    joGary

    I recently come across this saying “forgiving yourself is giving up hope for a better past.”

    I’m a perfectionist and I always analyze how well I did something. Did I make the right decision? How did the customer presentation go? What could I have done better? Reflecting on my performance is a good habit necessary for learning and growth. The problem is I have a strong Inner Critic. My Inner Critic will find something that wasn’t quite right and make me relive that moment over and over again.

    It’s time that I give up hope for a better past. There is no past, there is no future. There is only Now.

    2 years ago
    1. Barb C

      Oh, that’s an incredible sentence. I will share that with others in my life who need it.

      My version I landed on after years of rehashing incidents and getting to relive all the same chemical responses in my brain every time–with absolutely nothing changing in the past, of course–is that I need to stop digging the rut any deeper. Yours is much more poetic.

      2 years ago
    2. Mary

      “Giving up hope for a better past.” Thank you. I love this!
      From an over-thinker, with a hard to manage inner critic, I thank you.
      Shaking those inclinations is an ongoing work in progress for me.
      I try to be mindful so that I can deal with the perfectionist in me.
      ♥️

      2 years ago
  17. Mary Pat

    Well, I have started on a journey to deal with my anxiety, and that has been my biggest, so I guess the only other thing is to find a yoga class I can do with my severe arthritis.

    2 years ago
  18. Javier Visionquest

    It’s time that I became a curmudgeonly old gardener. The old and the curmudgeonly parts come naturally.

    2 years ago
    1. Mary Pat

      I wish you well on this journey! It is fun and there is something spiritual about working and being in physical contact with the soil. I can feel it….others have felt it as well. There is a connection made…..good luck!

      2 years ago
  19. EJP

    At this time in my life I would like to learn to be fearless, finding my most inner strength and courage.

    2 years ago
    1. Maurice Frank

      EJP, I hope you find the qualities you seek

      2 years ago
  20. Maurice Frank

    How to release my regrets, almost all minor but all persistent

    2 years ago
  21. sunnypatti48317

    I’m currently in Yoga Teacher Training, as I’ve always wanted to dive deeper into the practice and be able to share it with others who are interested. So what I’ve wanted to learn for years, I am learning now. And I’m grateful to finally find this chapter in my life.

    But I would also like to learn to be a good gardener. Learn to identify plants. Learn more about the soil where I live. I just don’t have the time currently with my job and my studies. It will eventually happen, though, I am sure!

    2 years ago
    1. Barb C

      I’ve been gardening for quite a while (grew up in a family that always had a big vegetable garden and flowers) and am finally doing more actual learning about it. When you’re ready for it, your local county Extension office (if you’re in the US) and the Master Gardener program are incredible resources. Last fall I took a class on “naturescaping”–landscaping your yard to attract wildlife, birds, and pollinators–and another one on rain gardens (I’m in the rainy Pacific Northwest). I have the tools I need to sketch out some plans–now to just sit down and do that!
      My yoga practice is on hiatus right now. What a wonderful thing to give time to so your practice deepens. Namaste.

      2 years ago
      1. sunnypatti48317

        Thank you, Barb. I’m going to do a little research on my local office today since I’m off and place the resource if it’s available. My husband and I bought an old piece of farmland 2 years ago, and while I had a small garden last year, it wasn’t super successful. I did one corner of flowers, and one of the flowers I purchased from a local nursery spread and took over. It was hilarious, actually, and that tiny little plant I bought (pink verbena) spread over about 4 ft and flowered thru the winter! It’s been nice having some color out there when everything else died and browned. I’m on the Southeast coast of the US, so sandy soil and tough to work with, but as life shifts and I can get out of the corporate world, I look forward to tending to my yard more. I also look forward to sharing my love of yoga! Namaste to you as well 🙂

        2 years ago
  22. devy

    To be able to really meditate without thoughts entering my mind. I’ve been practicing for a few years but there still times when the monkey mind still enters. I know to acknowledge thought and let it go but easier said than done at times. A continued practice. I have seen a positive change in me though..

    2 years ago
  23. Patricia

    Yoga and keeping my body as flexible and mobile as possible as I age.

    2 years ago
  24. Kevin

    Knowing that the chronic, and occasionally acute, back pain that I have been living with for twelve years wears me down and limits me from being able to do certain things, I continue to seek new knowledge and methods of effective treatments to lower my pain levels. I’m not looking for outright cures, either, just reduced levels of pain.

    Conversely, I realize too, that I am slowly needling to learn how to live with what I cannot change and thrive as best I can. In this “class,” the student barely has a passing grade, with much to learn, still.

    2 years ago
    1. Linda

      Kevin, my husband lives with chronic back pain, which limits what he can do, including travel. I do agree that learning to live with what you cannot change is a bitter pill to swallow, but it has actually reduced the stress in my husband’s life. He has had many types of interventions, including surgery and alternative treatments, and has gradually learned to live with the limitations. It has brought him some peace. I hope the same happens for you.

      2 years ago
    2. Barb C

      As not-any-kind-of-professional on back pain I share my sister-in-law’s experience with the Gokhale Method, which teaches you to realign your way of standing and moving to what they call “primal posture”. I don’t know what research has to say about them but for her it made all the difference. It helped not only her back but also knee pain she’d been having and eliminated the need for surgery her doctor had been talking about for the knee. She can now crouch down and weed her yard as long as she needs to.

      Again, advice from strangers on the internet is worth precisely what you pay for it, but I wanted to mention it in case it might make a difference for you and you hadn’t heard of it. I’m sure you have all the Google-power you need to hunt down new therapies and that you’ve been doing that all along.

      All the best.

      2 years ago
    3. Maurice Frank

      Kevin, I hope you find the relief you need

      2 years ago
      1. Kevin

        Thank you, Maurice.

        2 years ago
    4. Pilgrim

      Kevin, my dad had similar back pain for as many years as he lived. He passed away at 56 (not from that)I . But I have a sense of what you are dealing with. I honor all that you have done and continue to do/try even in the midst. This is kind of a beacon to me, not to give up, and to keep my sense of humor/irony along the path. I have mentioned at some point that my strongest pain is in my hands. I had the most adaptive surgery available a few years back on my right hand, and am still in the pain injection process with my left. I expect if I live long enough, I will go through that same (miserable!! lol) surgery again. I’m grateful for medical advances and excellent surgeons, but we get to a point … ! sometimes think, “whose hands ARE these, anyway?” Sometimes I find humor in the Crone hands I carry around. Often I find gratitude that they can do as much as they do, even with pain. Sometimes I shout my fury and frustration. (I wonder whether my neighbors hear that ?!) Anyway, I, too, am at the back of the class. But we are showing up, right? Have a good day, my friend.

      2 years ago
      1. Kevin

        For sure, pilgrim, we are in that same class together! Some days I want to make spit balls and send them flying in every direction! I remember when you first mentioned the pain you experience with your hands and I have thought about that more than once thinking, I wouldn’t trade my back pain for that, either!

        Like you, I am grateful for medical advances, even though I feel that they frequently, like spaghetti, toss stuff on the wall with treatments hoping something will stick and do some good, when they really don’t know whether or not a particular procedure will be successful.

        All said, however, I have so, so much to be grateful for in this life and I remind myself of that every day as well. Now, time to sign off and go do some stretches! (maybe I’ll take up man-sculpting and dazzle them all! Yeah, that’ll happen…not!)

        2 years ago
    5. Hermann-Josef

      Dear Kevin as a nurse I know that constant backpain can be almost unbearable from time to time. As an additional treatment some of the patients are practicing a method called TAKETINA by Rainer Flatischler. Most of them say it helps a lot. All the best. Don‘t give up

      2 years ago
      1. Javier Visionquest

        Thanks for the pointer, Hermann-Josef

        2 years ago
      2. Kevin

        Thank you my friend! I will look into this. Thank you again. I am also working with a new physical therapist and so far the work he is doing with me is going very well.

        2 years ago
  25. Michele

    Whiskey, Bourbon and Scotch – their differences and tastes.
    How to sign up for the bill for a 4 day work week.

    2 years ago
    1. Mica

      ‘Such a difficult life you lead’ Michele, as my daughter is fond of telling me 🙂

      2 years ago
    2. Kevin

      Let me know when this class starts, Michele, I’m in!!! 🙂

      2 years ago
  26. Christine

    Bird sounds🐦

    2 years ago
    1. Barb C

      Yes! We moved a little over a year ago–only about an hour south of where we had been living, but a different jay lives here (scrub jay instead of Stellar’s). We like watching birds and my husband knows some of their calls but neither of us is great at identifying them. Last fall I kept trying to figure out a new bird–possibly migrating through, as I hadn’t heard it before.
      Somewhere I read about the idea of noticing the first bird of the day–that is, the first bird that you’re consciously aware of. As it’s getting lighter in the morning I hear the dawn chorus start while I’m still in bed and would like to know who I’m hearing.

      2 years ago
  27. Hermann-Josef

    Thinking the right thing at the right moment. Not to think when it is not necessary. Not being judgmental, but filling the athmosphere with positive , helpful thoughts and deeds no matter how the surrounding reacts. .

    2 years ago
    1. d
      db82258

      Me too Hermann-Josef, must be courteous and polite but how often I have just stood there dumbstruck with the going on’s

      2 years ago

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