Reflections

Please log in or Create a Profile to post a comment.

  1. Hermann-Josef

    A great saint once said:“Know thySelf and be free“. Who am I ?

    2 years ago
  2. dragonfly

    Everybody, including myself. I always feel like a skipping stone on the surface of an enormous lake, touching the surface just briefly and moving on. Only seeing quick flashes without fully grasping anything significant about those I encounter let alone looking below the surface into the depth of their being. I would want to learn so, so much more. Yet I don’t quite know how or if it is even possible to ever break the surface and see what lays beneath, hidden deep within and outside my limited vision that only allows me to see what I want to see, what I was taught to see.

    2 years ago
    1. Malag

      That’s an interesting analogy.

      2 years ago
  3. Don Jones

    I am feeling thinking is a happening on a single plane. I am drawn to being, a happening on infinite planes. As Peter Gabriel so aptly puts it in his beautiful song, Solisbury Hill:
    I did not believe the information
    (I) just had to trust imagination
    My heart going boom boom boom
    “Son, ” he said “Grab your things, I’ve come to take you home”

    2 years ago
  4. alara

    The grateful me, the forgiving me, the peaceful me, the kind me, the accepting me, the joyful me. I do not know this person well, yet!

    2 years ago
    1. Holly in Ohio

      I like this… getting to meet one’s ‘higher self.’ What a great idea! 🙂

      2 years ago
  5. Charlie T

    Everything! But mostly, people’s stories. I like to know how they have dealt with adversity and the things that have inspired and changed them. At this stage of my life, my focus is more about how my head and heart work. I guess what I’m really trying to learn is, how to change.

    2 years ago
  6. Mica

    I’m learning more about Millie Dresselhaus, a wonderful talented physicist whom I had the pleasure of hosting when she came to my university to give a seminar and a meeting with women in science many years ago. I’m reading her biography.

    2 years ago
  7. KC

    Alice Walker

    My mom and her story.

    My ancestors and their stories and truths, especially but not just the women, as their stories and truths have been largely lost. Knowing the women’s and men’s stories are very much interwoven and one, i guess I want to learn more about the whole stories, beyond gender differences. Oy! 🙂

    2 years ago
  8. Barb C

    For me it’s my husband. We will have been married 15 years this year. Over the years he’s shared some stories and insights but he’s uncomfortable with “excavating” his feelings. I don’t want to make him uncomfortable but I would like to have more insights into what’s happening inside his head. We don’t have any problems and it’s not that he doesn’t tell me things, it’s just that I feel as if there’s another layer there. I got us the book 8 Dates, which is a set of prompts for deep conversations on topics that the marriage counselor authors found at the heart of marriage problems in their clients. The first one… well, let’s say the second one went better. Time for the third.

    2 years ago
    1. Mica

      Hmmm, Barb – it sounds like you’re making him uncomfortable..

      2 years ago
  9. Carol

    “Know Thyself” comes to mind. Self awareness grants me the option to grow into the person I was meant to be.

    2 years ago
  10. Ed Schulte

    My I CHING’s cast Hexagram covers this question very well!

    Cast Hexagram:

    42 – Forty-Two
    I / Expansion

    Whirlwinds and Thunder:
    When the Superior Person encounters saintly behavior, he adopts it; when he encounters a fault within, he transforms it.

    Progress in every endeavor.
    You may cross to the far shore.

    SITUATION ANALYSIS:

    Get ready to ride a tide of accelerated growth toward self-actualization.
    A joyful awareness of the best within you, coupled with an acceptance of your Shadow, will provide a greater repertoire, a much bolder vision, and new depth and clarity that will compel you to expand your horizons.

    2 years ago
  11. Javier Visionquest

    I’d like to understand what happened that changed my bright, happy, and creative young son into someone anxious, fearful, obsessive and depressed.

    2 years ago
    1. Michele

      How old is he Javier? Being a parent is hard and not easy to say the least. All you can do is keep trying to be there for him.

      2 years ago
    2. Holly in Ohio

      It is a challenge sometimes, to get our children to talk to us. Sometimes it is just an age, a difficult age, one that seems won’t end, but does. Having gone through something similar, though, might I suggest a couple of things? I found sometimes the cause in a change like this is bullying, either in person, or online, and often they are ashamed to admit they are being bullied. If they are older, they might be someone they like at school who isn’t returning the affection. Sometimes “guessing” is the only way to get them to start talking, and sometimes, as with one of my kids, they couldn’t easily express themselves talking… they couldn’t think that way, but when I got him to start writing out his anger, I found he could express himself surprisingly well and thoughtfully, and then he felt heard and then we could talk things over. Making art is also a good way to express, if maybe you could paint together, and making art is also very healing. It is almost impossible not to express yourself in some way while making art.
      I will be thinking of you and your son, and wishing you all the best. 🕊

      2 years ago
    3. Charlie T

      I’m so sorry you and your boy are going through this Javier. He’s lucky to have someone so thoughtful looking out for him.

      2 years ago
    4. Mica

      How sad, Javier – ‘sending warm wishes to you and to him! He reminds me of my younger granddaughter, sadly –

      2 years ago
  12. Mark Piper

    Embarrassing as it is vulnerable… whether it’s my natural disposition, the affects of two-plus-years of the pandemic, or simply my station in life (thirties, two young kids, wife, and a mortgage) or any combination thereof I hate to say it but I’ve recently realized what I want to learn more of is whatever will ensure the wellbing of my family. That is, I’ve switched from wanting to learn more about that which inspires and fascinates or feed and satiates curiosity and self-actualization to prioritizing the learning of professional skills and abilities. Feels disappointing, but it remains accurate.

    2 years ago
    1. Mica

      Very practical, Mark – you’re in what the yogis called the ‘householder’ stage of life, before the stage when you can go off on spiritual journeys or whatever

      2 years ago
  13. Laura

    My grandparents. All four died before I was born or while I was quite young. And I’d like to know my ancestors who were the first arrive in North America. I know their names but that is all. What made them decide to leave their homes? What sustained them?
    And there are the people in everyday life who through their demeanor or allusions to past experience just make me want to know more.
    I’ve always been curious about what makes people tick, how they overcome, where they find joy.

    2 years ago
  14. Pilgrim

    I tend to do this somewhat spontaneously, asking questions while someone is with me, googling a name or group, and such. The other day, knowing my son-in-law had worked with someone from Ukraine at his prior workplace, we had a conversation about what that is like for this man. He moved to this country a few years ago and his immediate family became citizens. But most of the man’s family, which is large, still live in Ukraine. I learned a lot with that question … what it is like to live and work there, and what it is like for them right now, with all that is going on. So I ask, and I listen as deeply as possible.

    2 years ago
  15. Mary Pat

    Definitely my mother and my grandmother….although I knew them, I did not really learn alot about their lives. I would love to learn about their lives, their growing up and what family and friends were like, and just life! And other relatives as well. I have always been curious about that. I have all their normal information you get through ancestory.com, but I would love to know other things about them as well. Great question!

    2 years ago
  16. devy

    I’m focusing more on me. I have learned a lot about myself over the past two years, the reasons why I am who I am. With self healing and acceptance one can then be prepared to focus n others.

    2 years ago
  17. Michele

    I don’t know right now …. I can ponder this throughout my day:)
    Favor – tomorrow is my birthday-turning 53. I remember reading a response on here (I can’t remember who it was, sorry) that gave suggestions incorporating the # – example turn to page 53 in a recipe book, drive 53 miles, do 53 random acts of kindness….iodine is chemical element 53…. I would love if ya’ll offer some suggestions using 53 for me for tomorrow:) I look forward to reading your ideas!!

    2 years ago
    1. Michele

      OMG!!! I LOVED all of these! Thank you everyone for giving me some great ideas:) Yesterday I spent the day with my best friend, Debbi, we went to a Philly Spring Training game – was fun. My girls fly in tomorrow. I”m on vacation for a few days. 53 is great so far:)
      Again, thank you all so much. Gratefulness brought tears to my eyes.

      2 years ago
    2. Holly in Ohio

      What a fabulous idea, Michele! I hope you have a wonderful day and year!
      My suggestion is to rent or stream, The Love Bug (1969). “Herbie,” the living Volkswagen, that races, has the racing number, “53.” ….and ironically… was 1969 the year you were born?
      😄🎂🎁🎈

      2 years ago
    3. pkr

      Happiest of birthdays to you dear Michele. My suggestion for #53; Write down 53 things you are thankful for.
      Embrace your new year. Blessings, love & hugs to you.❤️🙏✨🎂🌸

      2 years ago
    4. Mica

      What fun! Googling, I find that 53 dot com is a bank..
      Weekly jobless claims fell to a 53-year low! on cnn.
      53 by the Sea has Premium Fine Dining
      and more 🙂 – Happy Birthday!

      2 years ago
    5. Barb C

      What a fun idea and Happy Birthday!! At our house we refer to having a birthdayweekmonth so no reason to stop.

      The first thing I thought of is doing 53 sun salutations if you are a yoga practitioner. When my best friend who’s a yoga teacher turned 50 we gathered at the studio and did 50 Sun Salutations to a soundtrack she picked out. All fun rock and roll and songs I listened to as a teenager and it was a blast.

      Take 53 full deep breaths either in a row or throughout the day–just tally did I stop and breathe fully and deeply–and then over the course of the day you get to 53. Make a list of 53 things you look forward to doing in your next year. Walk for 53 minutes. Bike for 53 miles (assumes you could do that of course). Make a glass of wine or other appropriate celebratory beverage last 53 sips. That one depends on what size glass you start with, so plan ahead! Get yourself 53 flowers and put them all around the house. If you have transit service, get on the bus, ride 53 stops or minutes, get off and explore. Try to see or hear 53 birds over the course of the day.

      Great idea! This is giving me ideas too because I turn 60 later this year.

      2 years ago
    6. LisaBeth

      Happy Birthday, Michele! Find 53 things to give away or throw away. Look around your home, closets, vehicle, garage, yard, etc. and do a quick declutter. Throw out the old newspaper, find three articles of clothing to donate, discard ten things from the junk drawer. I always feel so much lighter when I get rid of stuff so I hope it will have the same effect for you.

      2 years ago
    7. Carla

      Michele, May you have a wonderful Blest Day! I’d like to suggest “opening” items that total 53 as the day progresses. Cupboard in kitchen, drawer(s), car door (in your coming & going); doors in your home, etc. May each be a metaphor that you’re open to 53 new entrances this year 🥳🎂

      2 years ago
    8. Mary Pat

      Well, first of all, happy birthday to you a day early! May this next birth year be filled with much love and laughter….and my idea? It is really different but might prove to be something you like……Take a photo of yourself on your birthday tomorrow, and save it. Then, if you have time this weekend, go through pictures of yourself over the years and gather them together. If you don’t have many, ask relatives for pictures of yourself. Put them all in a box and gift wrap it. Next year, when you are 54, open that box back up and take a journey through your life. And then, look at the picture from this year, and remember all those wonderful memories you have….all 54 years of memories…

      2 years ago
  18. Kevin

    These days I am more inclined to pursue learning about someone whose name came up as part of the context of my daily life. It might be a local person, or a name, famous, accomplished, or not, that gets mentioned in the course of a normal day. Sometimes it’s a piece of writing, artwork, or music that has moved me that prompts me to want to learn more about the work’s creator or the story behind the work that made its creation possible.

    2 years ago
  19. Pam

    Who do I want to learn more about? My ancestors I want to interview my parents and have their voices on voice memo on my phone so I can have it to listen to over and over

    2 years ago
  20. Antoinette

    I’m meeting my mom in Italy.
    I keep hearing from people who have lost their parents how they wish they would have spent more time with them. I’m fortunate my mom is still alive and that I can be with her. I would like to know more about her, but mostly I hope to treasure our moments together. I think just being and sitting together is wonderful. I’m grateful I will be able to have this opportunity.

    2 years ago
    1. Kevin

      I’m very happy for you, Antoinette! That will be quite a journey, not only in miles, but for the heart.

      2 years ago
  21. Dusty Su

    My goodness, so many things, from so many people, their languages, cultures, art, writing, photography, stories, what makes them tick. Then being able to be more present, loving, compassionate, a good listener, and on and on it goes. I will die with so much of my curiosity for life’s wonders and mysteries unquenched and not least the beauty of others. That is a good thing.

    2 years ago
  22. O.Christina

    What immediately comes to mind is bout the young generation, the young fellow people, especially related to how they would like to create the future, what their wishes and needs are related to our future society and how to may be be able to support them in this with some of my experience, if possible and adequate.

    2 years ago

Stay Grateful

This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Give yourself the gift of free bi-monthly inspiration including uplifting articles, diverse stories, supportive practices, videos, and more, delivered with heart to your inbox.