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One of the things that has changed in a BIG, BIG way for me is the tenor and tone of my life. I used to feel agitated by so many things. I was quick to anger and holding onto resentment was my hobby.
As a result of finally finding a truly effective spiritual practice, I now feel peaceful and harmonious most of the time.
That’s the gift I’ve given to myself. The first step in the direction of living harmoniously was for me to decide to focus on loving myself. Of course, that included being loving TO myself in every way I could think of, and most especially in my thinking kind thoughts about myself.
Along the way I learned to call myself “sweetheart” and “darling.” I took that from the teachings of Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh who was a teacher to me through his books and retreats. He calls everyone “darling” and it’s so sweet, and I could use that sweetness in talking with myself.
Where there’s so much turmoil in the world, and it’s so widespread, it may SEEM like there’s nothing we can do to make a real difference, but please don’t buy into that perspective.
Our decision to be loving, kind and harmonious to everyone in our lives ripples throughout the universe.
Let’s join together and DECIDE that this is how we can help and make a STRONG commitment to making loving choices and living in a harmonious way.