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Don't Go Back to Sleep


On Oct 26, 2014 Kristin Pedemonti wrote:

Staying awake means being mindful and being present. It means seeing the gifts in being broken open. I have been broken open several times; back in teen years my father tried to kill himself 5 times. For me this was a gift of Compassion for other's suffering, making NO assumptions about what someone else experiences in their own life and letting go. When I left home for college at 18, I was determined to live a life seeking joy and sharing joy with others to uplift. After my divorce I also felt reborn. I practice staying awake by remaining present. Even in the darkness, it too shall pass. One day at a time. Being the the present also helps to alleviate some stress and others feel your presence and appreciate when you are fully there for them. HUG


On Oct 28, 2014 KNM wrote:

 This reminded me of a lovely quote that says it all...

"Mindfulness is simply being aware of what is happening right now without wishing it were  
  different........... 
              Enjoying the pleasant  without holding on when it changes ( which it will)                 
              Being with the unpleasant without fearing it will always be this way ( which it won't) "
                                                                                                                     by James Baraz 

 
On Oct 28, 2014 Nancy Daniels wrote:

 Thank you for sharing. This was really helpful. 

 
On Oct 28, 2014 Kristin Pedemonti wrote:

 Thank you KNM for the quotes, I collect those and resonated with what you shared. Here's to being aware of what is happening w/out wishing it were different.
Thank you Nancy Daniels. HUGS to you both.

 

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