What is your practice?
Dedication is the birth of dignity; dignity is the maintenance of dedication. And willingness is the joy of the freedom that follows…
I am reading ‘The Surprising Purpose of Anger’ by Marshall Rosenberg. Non Violent Communication provides wonderful skills for integrating mindfulness into daily interactions and relationship.
“NVC focuses attention on whether people’s needs are being fulfilled, and if not, what can be done to fulfill these needs. It shows us how to express ourselves in ways that increase the likelihood others will willingly contribute to our well-being. It also shows us how to receive the messages of others in ways that increase the likelihood that we will willingly contribute to their well-being.”
We are all practicing something in this life, in every moment.
Our human minds are inclined to see what’s wrong, what’s lacking, what’s imperfect. This tendency gives us practice in contraction, in closing our hearts.
There is also the possibility of choosing to practice opening our hearts and reaching for connection.
It is a disciplined heart that chooses, again and again, the practice of inviting true connection, and the joy that this brings.
This discipline is not confined or oppressed in its flavor. This discipline is more like a dedication; a dedication to holding everyone’s needs as precious, and to treating self and other with dignity.