To the extent that we are mirrored, encouraged and acknowledged for our achievements and our creative pursuits, we are unified within ourselves. To the degree that we are perceived through a distorted mirror, we are torn asunder and may search for approval at a cost to our real self and creativity.
Eyes on the prize. In general, in most of life's situations, it is a good idea to look where you want to go and point in the aforementioned direction. I've lived in the Sawtooth mountains for the past 12 years, immersed in a community of uber athletes and outdoorsmen
Listening is not just about what you hear around you. It's also listening to your inner voice. And it's "listening" to someone's body language and how he or she is expressing him/herself by remaining silent. Much can be heard without anyone saying a word if you are perceptive.
Sure it looked wonderful at first glance. Yes, it was beautiful, sparkly, alluring and enticing. And, it might be perfect for someone else, or even for me on another day or for another purpose - I could have bought it and hung it on the wall.
Choose awareness of your thoughts over being absorbed in the sensations they produce as they carry you along to get what they want. The aim here is simple: reclaim your attention in order to be where you are, and then just quietly notice all that you can about yourself.
We can wake ourselves up by increasing our oxygen level by breathing deeply. Or conversely, we can put ourselves to sleep with a kind of meditation of shallow breathing, and repeating silently the words to the rhythmic "in" and "out" like a mantra.
We can't force someone to forgive. Therefore, the road to forgiveness may also involve understanding the person who has harmed us. This requires starting off on a journey that may entail a close examination of the person we need to forgive. The journey can be long and torturous.