This evening I had some Brazilian friends round for dinner, they are sisters. We had a lovely time. They taught my sister and I some new words in Brazilian, I taught them some new gluten free recipes and we had a brilliant catch up. Perfect.
Without knowing it, they taught me how lucky I was with my relationships. They miss their mum terribly, to the point where they are altering their house to be able to accommodate her when she comes to stay. By contrast my mum and dad live just up the road. We see each other daily, they do so much for me and I love the closeness that we have. I wouldn’t swap it for anything. Having a friend wistfully talking about their mum, who is miles away, really made me realise how fortunate I am.
Our friends speak so fondly of their home country but say that England is now their home and that they always long to return if they go back to Brazil, this is despite the longing they feel for their family when they are here. I am so grateful not to have that split loyalty. I can really feel the benefit of feeling settled and at home and not worrying about where I belong. Is makes my life seem simple, easy, uncomplicated.
Who ever we meet and where ever we go there is always something to be learnt. If we can start to see others as our teachers then our learning never ends and we continue to grow. Learning to love others to the full and to appreciate our circumstances are two of the most important things we can ever develop. Becoming stuck in our ways is perhaps the worst thing that can happen to us. To be happy we need to have the flexibility to adapt to new ideas, to take on new concepts and to make new friends. Most of all we need to count our blessings at any given moment.
Mindful living allows us to be broad minded and to avoid the trap of tunnel vision. When we meditate we can chose to train the brain to be broader in outlook and to think outside the box. We become creative and start to see opportunities, where before they may have passed us by. A little more focus and a little less automatic pilot can go a long way to making life seem better. Come on a Revitalise day to learn how to get away from auto pilot and start to really enjoy all of the opportunities that life throws at us.