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Day 57: My commitment to participation

December 10, 2023

“You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestation of your own blessings.” – Eat, Pray, Love

Although I’ve been writing this blog for a while, I’m still not great about applying the lessons I’m learning into everyday life. I am not doing what this lovely quote in Eat, Pray, Love suggests. I’m thinking about it. Sure. But when the chips are down, I’m still stuck.

I have countless dreams – for the month ahead, the year ahead, my entire life, my children’s lives… but I’m not sure I fully understand how to relentlessly participate in the manifestation of those dreams. Exactly what do I need to do?

That’s the question I need to answer.

This is part of my job when I work with clients – both corporate and individual. I have to help them figure out exactly how to close the gap between where they are and where they would like to be. Once they have clarity, it’s much easier to figure out how to move forward, and also identify when and why they’re getting stuck.

To help me figure it out, I went back through all the blogs I’ve written in the last 57 days to capture the lessons I’ve gathered so far. These are the ones that stood out for me.

  1. Habits practiced daily are necessary to build the “muscles” needed for joyful living.
  2. Joy and gratitude can often be found together, and a gratitude practice can open the door to greater joy.
  3. Without a gratitude practice, it’s easy to miss the good things in life and focus much more on the negative without meaning to do so.
  4. Judgement blocks joy – no matter who or what we’re judging.
  5. Mind chatter blocks joy.
  6. Compassion and empathy are conduits to joyful living because they bring greater connection and meaning to the important relationships in our lives.
  7. Anything that we “hold too tightly” cuts off our access to joy – whether we hold tightly to the craving for it, or the idea that it is ‘good’ or ‘bad’.
  8. Joy involves the connection to something greater than ourselves.

It was my intention to create a list of practices today that I would commit to as daily habits for the next 12 months, but I think I needed this step first, otherwise I’d likely have made a list of things I could for the sake of doing them.

Tomorrow, I can figure out what habits I’ll need and also how to practice those habits in ways that help me embody these lessons and become someone who IS relentlessly participating in the manifestation of her blessings.

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