H.U.G Corner: Thought of the Week - 11/27/18

Location : South Houston Hospice

Quiet Mind: One-Minute Retreats from a Busy World

When we take daily time to remember who we are and what is important to us, we can be more open to life. If we are not open, we miss so much! Being open means the realities of life have a way to get into you, the gates are open and you won’t miss what you don’t want to miss.

One of the ways to open all your pores is to find an image that signifies "open" to you. An image is instantaneous, takes little effort, and has a powerful effect on us (Picture is worth a thousand words).

Here are a few examples of images of openness that might get you started in finding your own:

  • A dish antenna: open to all the signals of the universe
  • A sapling: stretching to reach the sun and rain
  • A whale, huge maw agape and swimming though krill
  • A Magnets: attracting your opposites
  • A child: knowing that everything is possible

When we race through life never stopping, openness is difficult because too much goes through us without making any difference in our lives.

In the words quotes above, Thoreau uses the analogy of bathing. Perhaps that could be the image for you: When you are immersed in a tub or standing under a steady shower of water, no part of you is missed. You are open.

Pick a metaphor for openness (perhaps from the list above). Three times today stop and recall your image.




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