Since I came to the USA, I have been asked several times by friends and relatives about the differences between my culture and the USA. So I decided to try and sum it up according to my own point of view.
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When life gets challenging, it can be difficult to feel thankful! For too long, we’ve taken gratitude for granted. We say “thanks” a dozen or more times a day: when someone holds a door open, let us pass, take our order... It’s a reflex, a reaction to simple daily transactions. We mutter it, often without really acknowledging the person we are thanking.
With Coronavirus anxiety running high, it's understandable that we do everything we can to think ahead, plan, analyze the facts, etc. But when our head-based fight-flight-freeze reactivity gets the best of us, it's much harder to stay grounded, think clearly, respond with care, and sleep well at night. My recommendation: Mindfulness.
In these stressful times, I really want to be in a meditation retreat right now. Since it's not possible in this situation, I decided to create my own retreat at home on the weekend, and I decided to make it a silence retreat as I really wanted to try one.
Being in a foreign country, without our family, our cultural references, our favorite places, our local food, or a network of close friends, we lack the feeling of being psychologically and emotionally grounded. This can lead to stress and even anxiety.
How often do you get the chance to work on a project with an impact on millions of people? I am happy and grateful to say that I am part of such a project, thanks to Microsoft Airband Initiative.
Last year if you told me I would be serving at Microsoft Redmond, WA. I would probably laugh at you. And yet here I am, spending my second week in Microsoft Headquarters.