The following notes are a sample of ways I chose to turn around my daily interactions with myself and the environment. Over time they became effortless, natural and utterly life-enhancing.
- Smile at everyone. I began this practice when I lived in New York City. What better place to exchange a quick token of warmth with another. Walking a fast clip down along Upper Broadway in my old neighborhood seemed a safe bet. Most folks smiled right back, no questions asked. Some don’t get it, just forget it. Some are grumpy, some days I’m grumpy. Mostly I smile and mostly everyone else does too.
- Ask for Forgiveness – Forgive Someone. I’ve done plenty I’d rather not have, failed a friend, family. I’m deeply sorry. Mending old ways now. Learning the hard lessons, fessing up. Becoming clear. To those who may have crossed me, I forgive you. There is a method of repairing broken pottery with liquid gold which renders the object more beautiful then before, let’s heal our hearts with molten gold.
- Hug someone, some creature, some tree, touch someone. Babies left unheld don’t grow properly, misshapen, malnourished, sunken. In a way the arms are extensions of the heart, we use them to express love, affection. When we hold another being with tenderness we are both the better for it. Healed.
- Take a Walk. Walking is almost a “cure all”. Creativity is enhanced, we get inspired. A funky mood get a lift with a jaunt in the park or woods. The heart is happy, the spine sings, rivers sparkle, blood flows.
- Do good, be good, share the gratitude. No matter the thickness of my wallet over the years I’ve made a point of giving. To buskers, homeless, even if they look like addicts, could have been me. A gently worn coat to the cold homeless woman. A check when I’ve had a windfall. I’m so deeply grateful for all I have. It’s an honor to share.