One Apple A Day #879 – Spirituality

Where do I start with a topic like spirituality?

For sure, so much has been written that you or I would ever be able to read it all. So, I don’t believe I have anything original to add. I wrote about spirituality before, sharing my story with this subject.

I believe that spirituality is a subjective experience. So, talking about it is also talking about myself and my beliefs. 

And of that, I can definitely offer a unique perspective, if someone is willing to listen or read it.

Time is running out, and I haven’t even started.

The word spirit has its roots in the Latin “spirare”, meaning “to breathe”. 

And to me, spirituality is like breathing. 

Something subtle yet essential for my life.

We all breathe the same air, but breathing is a subjective experience.

When I think about it, I feel part of something bigger than me. I also sense that what happens within and around me are deeply connected.

One Apple A Day #878 – Wisdom

The word wisdom originates from the Proto-Indo-European root “weyd” meaning “to see”. I love this connection because to me being wise is not about knowing more or having more experiences.

Wisdom is the ability to see more. To see the nuances in everything. To see the invisible connections and recognise the interdependence of things. To acknowledge the complexity and the mystery of life.

To nurture our wisdom, we need to engage in everything that expands our vision and helps us see more and better.

Reading, learning, travelling, meeting people, and making different experiences are all opportunities to do that.

One Apple A Day #877 – Communication

This series of morning apples is based on a set of cards created by Dr Ilona Boniwell. Each card contains the description of one strength plus some suggestions on how to activate and stretch it. 

This morning card talks about communication, and reading the description was a fascinating experience. I kept going from “oh yes, I have this one” to “no, that’s definitely not me“.

It was a good reminder that we all have infinite nuances and facets. That is what makes every human being unique. Anytime we use a map or model to read a person, we are intentionally filtering out a lot of details. 

It’s a powerful exercise that helps us gain more awareness of ourselves and thus make better choices. However, a map, no matter how accurate it is, is a flat representation of reality. We should never forget that we are not that map. There is a beautiful richness in every human being that no map can capture.

Anyway, even if I definitely recognise in me some characteristics of a person equipped with communication strength, I don’t really resonate with it. However, thanks to this card, I understood that it is a strength I’d love to activate and exercise more. 

One Apple A Day #876 – Motivation

I didn’t know where to start, so I thought it was a good idea to check on a dictionary. It says that motivation is a reason or reasons for acting or behaving in a particular way

I’m not expert in motivation, to be honest, and I would never describe myself as a motivator. 

Plus, this morning, I’m tired, and I had to dig deep to find the motivation to open the laptop and write. Though, here I am.

I’ve learned that motivation is what get me started, but it’s creating a habit or a system that keeps me going. 

Take this daily routine. When I started, I had a clear motive. I jumped into it with energy and commitment. 

That drive was gone after the first few months, but a new habit was born. One I can’t live without. 

Now my motivation to find fifteen minutes every morning to write, even when I don’t feel like it, is the action itself. I have no goals to achieve, just the pleasure of keeping this flow.

I’ve learned that I need to act when I feel motivated and use that drive to create habits that will sustain me after that motivation dries out.

One Apple a Day #875 – Beauty and Excellence

“Beauty is truth, truth beauty,—that is all

               Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.”

from Ode on a Grecian Urn by John Keats

Beauty is everywhere, but can you see it?

Beauty and excellence are attitudes that drive our attention.

There is so much around us that we can’t process everything. We naturally filter what receives so we won’t get overwhelmed by this flood of information and signals. We welcome in the things we recognise, the ones that resonate with our energy and vibration. 

That’s why beauty and excellence begin within us. The more we practice these attitudes, the more we teach our filter to recognise and receive the beauty around us.

If you feed anger, envy, resentment or ugliness within you, it will not only transpire in your words and actions, but it will also inform what you will notice in the world.