Nurturing Thurs – Our Mud

79th edition

6-26-14

“The lotus is a flower that grows in the mud.
The thicker and deeper the mud,
the more beautiful the lotus blooms.”

(Buddhist chant)

Without our mud — we cannot bloom!

 

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Meg Evans
Carol Carlisle
Inside the Mind of Isadora
Jacqueline King
Pocket Perspectives
Hugmama
Crowing Crone
Lady K’s Lounge
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Laurie’s Gentle Healing Notes
Cee’s Photography
Firebonnet

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What is Nurturing Thursday, you ask?

In this amazingly competitive society of ours, how many of us truly feel good about ourselves? How often do we extend to ourselves … the same courtesies, considerations, nurturing, forgiveness and understanding we would a loved one, a friend, or even a stranger?

Our culture tells us we need to be special and above average to feel good about ourselves. Yet, it is not possible for all of us to be above average at the same time. Don’t we usually know of someone richer, more attractive, “more together” or successful than we are? Even if we discount the material aspects and consider the more spiritual facet, don’t we know of those who seem more at peace, more aware or living in the moment. Even when we do manage to feel a strong sense of self-esteem or self-confidence, we are not able to consistently hold on to it. For most, our sense of self-worth bounces around like a ping-pong ball, rising and falling strongly tied with our latest success or failure.

In an effort to eliminate labeling ourselves as “good” or “bad”, and clearly accept ourselves with an open heart … to treat ourselves with the same kindness, caring, and compassion we would show to a good friend … I would like to incorporate more self-compassion and self-kindess in my life.

To “give this planet a much needed shot of fun, support and positive energy” … I am dubbing Thursdays as Nurturing Thursday … a spin-off of the suspended Occupy Blogosphere started by Amy of SoulDipper.

If any of my readers are interested in joining the nurturing, I applaud and welcome you to do so … the more the merrier!!

 

 

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About becca givens

Becca is an artist, poet, and animal communicator. She delights in cooking, nurturing, and sharing a rich spiritual life with others on the Path.
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22 Responses to Nurturing Thurs – Our Mud

  1. hugmamma says:

    What an inspiring image…beauty thriving in the midst of ugliness. Love it!

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  2. hugmamma says:

    I’m always celebrating mothers…and their beloved offspring…
    http://hugmamma.com/2014/06/30/nurturing-thursdays-mothers-day-every-day/

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  3.  Insightful words on how a gorgeous flower such as the lotus blooms among an imperfect situation like mud.
    I had similar thoughts about losing ourselves in our own higher expectations of who we should be.
    I think it’s a constant struggle to stay in the YOU that you are.
    Great nurturing ….
    Namaste
    http://insidethemindofisadora.com/2014/06/28/nurturing-yourself-with-your-inner-fire/

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    • becca givens says:

      I didn’t realize the condition necessary for the lotus to blossom — but it makes for a wonderful analogy in our journey! Thank you for stopping by, and for contributing to NT! xoxo

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  5. Gerlinde says:

    Oh, how much I needed this today. Thank you so much.

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  7. John says:

    More mud!!! 🙂

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  8. I almost posted an lotus flower for today quote about meditation. Beautiful image and true words.
    http://piecesofstarlight.wordpress.com/2014/06/26/nurturing-thursday-sing-dance-meditate-twice-as-much/
    Happy Thursday

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  10. Meg Evans says:

    Yes, much to be learned from a simple flower! Enjoy your Thursday. 🙂
    http://megevans.com/2014/06/26/seen-and-unseen-nurturing-thursday

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  11. So True Becca. We all have our shadows. And only the brightest of light illuminates them 🙂 much love Sue xxx our shadows. And only the brightest of light illuminates them 🙂 much love Sue xxx
    Sent from my BlackBerry smartphone from Virgin Media

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  12. What a beautiful post. Happy Nurturing Thursday 🙂

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