A Quiet Swim in Rönningesjön
On my way to the quiet beach by the lake, I saw a coot, a black water bird with a white beak. She had four little chicks swimming and squeaking by her, amongst the green reeds. I smiled at being able to soak in the beauty around me. My heart leapt as I was about to have one of my rare swims alone since arriving in Sweden this year. I love being in the water with my twins, but there’s not much chance to swim further out in the lake, even with my fiancé there, as a certain little person notices and calls out ‘mummy’ keenly and often, until I come back to the shallows.
The beach was secluded, there was a breeze across the water. I felt quite brave to swim on this cool afternoon, though it had been warm earlier, now the wind was picking up and the sun was behind the clouds when I went into the water. I embraced the fresh coolness upon my skin and swam out to the water lily pads. I stayed close to the shore to fully enjoy the yellow water lilies, and the overhanging boughs of willows that almost kissed the lake’s surface. It felt invigorating to swim in the alive water, so different from an indoor pool, naturally clean, consciously untouched by chemicals or pollution, as it is an environmentally protected lake. Above the lily pads, I saw five damsel flies dancing together, electric blue bodies and ethereal wings, like tiny fairies of the lake.
A black crested grebe swam by, and a tern, a sea bird, flew overhead.
I felt free and light. When I came back to the shore, my mind was clear and calm, as though cleansed by the healing waters. I walked back past the two horses, through the wildflower meadow, called hästängen (which translates as horse field), admiring such a huge variety of flowers and different coloured butterflies twirling around, and bees alighting upon them. I felt grateful for this experience, before greeting my children, heart and soul momentarily renewed by serenity and graceful nature.
The word gratitude is derived from the Latin word gratia, which means grace, graciousness, or gratefulness (depending on the context). In some ways gratitude encompasses all of these meanings. Gratitude is a thankful appreciation for what an individual receives, whether tangible or intangible. With gratitude, people acknowledge the goodness in their lives. In
the process, people usually recognize that the source of that goodness lies at least partially outside themselves. As a result, gratitude also helps people connect to something larger than themselves as individuals — whether to other people, nature, or a higher power.
In positive psychology research, gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships.
People feel and express gratitude in multiple ways. They can apply it to the past (retrieving positive memories and being thankful for elements of childhood or past blessings), the present (not taking good fortune for granted as it comes), and the future (maintaining a hopeful and optimistic attitude). Regardless of the inherent or current level of someone's gratitude, it's a quality that individuals can successfully cultivate further.
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I first saw this quote in the book “The Mind Illuminated.” Before referencing it, the authors (Yates, Immergut, and Graves) wrote that with a practice like meditation, “small measures repeated consistently produce huge results. The only place for great effort in meditation is in adjusting your schedule to actually spend more time practicing. Realize there are no failures in meditation, except for actually failing to do the practice.”
Once you get into the habit of showing up for your practice, the process will shift from feeling like something you have to do to something you want to do.
Stick with it!
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Jeg har tit gjort mig selv til et offer. Når jeg følte verden var imod mig, når jeg fik ondt af mig selv, følte mig hjælpeløs og at nogen skulle komme og ”redde” mig. Denne strategi hjalp mig ikke videre, løftede mig ikke, tværtidmod
Det sker heldigvis sjældent, for jeg ved det har konsekvenser når jeg sætter mig selv i en offerrolle. Jeg kommer til at fastholde mig selv i mit mindreværd og bliver passiv.
Jeg ved nu, at det der reelt virker og løfter mig, er når jeg tager ansvar for mine følelser og formår at møde mig selv og mit mindreværd med fuld accept. Det får mit system til at falde til ro og mit mindreværd erstattes af en indre styrke, vilje og handlekraft. #tagansvar#mønsterbryder#mindfulness#nærvær#handlekraft#løftdigselv#nybegyndelse#blivtrygigen#selvværd