Reflections

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  1. Anna

    This site.
    Greenery all around.
    The mountains that surround my region, embracing it like a mother with the newborn child.

    2 weeks ago
  2. Avril

    Like Robin Ann, when I hang out here I feel gratefulness in my bones. When I practice “Stop, Look and Go”, I orient to gratitude. I also feel gratefulness overflow when I express it outwardly by thanking others.

    2 weeks ago
  3. Robin Ann

    Visiting this site and reflecting but also having plans to look forward to or friends and family to gather with. Being in nature normally does also.

    3 weeks ago
  4. O.Christina

    Kindness does, and stillness; When realizing in time that there was some misunderstanding like in translating this question. Wishing all a good night´s sleep.

    3 weeks ago
  5. C
    Carissa Thomas

    Being out in nature without phones or anything.

    3 weeks ago
    1. L
      Loc Tran

      Carissa, great answer. It’s that time of year. The warm months fly. Sooner than later, it’s winter. Everyone’s attached to their phones these days with myself included.

      3 weeks ago
  6. Dolores Kazanjian

    Seeing my husband and dog napping. in almost the same position, curled up with the dog at his feet. (On the floor – this is the only dog I’ve had that has no interest in going on the bed).
    BTW I love Anne Lamott’s writings.

    3 weeks ago
  7. Kevin

    Music, especially live music, sweeps me up to a place that’s clear, lighter, where all is possible to feel and cherish in a brand new way.

    3 weeks ago
    1. O.Christina

      Thank you, dear Kevin. Bright light may fill your heart and soul with most beautiful life music whenever it is with you and shine inside you with joy. Thank you dearly for the reminder and inspiration.

      3 weeks ago
      1. Kevin

        Hello my friend, and thank you for sharing here. First, let me say that I am always on the lookout for good music, if it’s live, the better! It just does something to my soul that allows me to see things differently, which of course I would be grateful for anytime it happens.

        Secondly, do you remember our friend Christine, from Norway, a pianist and organist who played for her Church and her friends and for folks under care in nursing homes, etc.? if so, I think of Christine frequently because she found spiritual nature through music and shared that with us with her words. She was diagnosed with a severe and fatal type of spinal cancer that she told us would end her life in likely a matter of few months. She said goodbye to all of us and was gone from this platform and I assume from our Planet also, though her spirit lingers among us I am sure. It’s hard for me to mention music of any kind without mentioning our dear Christine in whatever orbit she may be in at this time.

        3 weeks ago
        1. Yram

          Yes, I have thought of her also.

          2 weeks ago
        2. Nannette

          I think of Christine often. Thank you, Kevin for putting it down in words. She was a very special person…and is very much missed.

          2 weeks ago
        3. Michele

          I think of Christine too and wondered about her. I had always hoped we would have heard from her friend to let us know when she passed:(

          2 weeks ago
        4. Carol

          I, too, think of Christine often.

          3 weeks ago
          1. Kevin

            it warms my heart that we all remember Christine would love and all of who she was. Period.

            2 weeks ago
  8. Carol

    A visit, a text, a call from my son. He’s my mentor and my teacher. He truly knows how to be present to and alive in the moment and be thankful for every moment he’s given. His life has not been easy but due to his commitment to being grateful for life itself, it has awakened a grateful perspective on life in me. I love Neil Douglas-Klotz’s translation of the Lord’s Prayer from Aramaic to English because it does not promote the duality of success or failure, of win or lose, of right or wrong but calls us to ripen, to bear fruit. My son is ripe!

    Translation of the Lord’s Prayer from Aramaic by Neil Douglas-Klotz
     Abwoon d’bwashmaya
    O Birther! Father-Mother of the Cosmos/ you create all that moves in light.
    Nethqadash shmakh
    Focus your light within us–make it useful: as the rays of a beacon show the way.
    Teytey malkuthakh
    Create your reign of unity now–through our firey hearts and willing hands.
    Nehwey sebyanach aykanna d’bwashmaya aph b’arha.
    Your one desire then acts with ours, as in all light, so in all forms.
    Habwlan lachma d’sunqanan yaomana.
    Grant what we need each day in bread and insight:
    subsistence for the call of growing life.
    Washboqlan khaubayn (wakhtahayn)
    aykana daph khnan shbwoqan l’khayyabayn.
    Loose the cords of mistakes binding us,
    as we release the strands we hold of others’ guilt.
    Wela tahlan l’nesyuna
    Don’t let us enter forgetfulness
    Ela patzan min bisha.
    But free us from unripeness
    Metol dilakhie malkutha wahayla wateshbukhta l’ahlam almin.
    From you is born all ruling will, the power and the life to do,
    the song that beautifies all, from age to age it renews.
    Ameyn.
    Truly–power to these statements–
    may they be the source from which all my actions grow.

    I

    3 weeks ago
    1. Barb C

      This is beautiful. Thank you for sharing it.

      2 weeks ago
    2. Kevin

      Thank you, Carol, truly.
      Last week while officiating at a memorial service I was introduced to Bobby McFerrin‘s rendition of Psalm 23, which he wrote upon the passing of his own mother a few years ago. You can find it on YouTube. It is stunning, simple, beautiful, and free of the patriarchy so prevalent in the Old Testament.

      2 weeks ago
      1. O.Christina

        Thank you, Kevin.

        2 weeks ago
      2. Carol

        Kevin, Thanks for alerting me to McFerrin’s rendition of Psalm 23. Enjoyed listening to it very much.

        2 weeks ago
  9. Charlie T

    Keeping a grateful perspective is
    something that I must continually
    nurture and practice. But, having
    said that, sitting here on a beautiful
    sunny morning, with time on my hands,
    my wife sitting nearby, the cats roaming
    around, the roses blooming just
    outside my open front door, a cup of
    super delicious coffee just finished,
    and a little spontaneous road/camping
    trip to a redwood forest in todays
    plans, it’s would be nearly impossible
    to not no grateful.

    3 weeks ago
  10. Chanel Adams

    My meditation and prayer practice. Also, finding ways of being of service to others, as the Word of the Day says:

    “Gratitude begins in our hearts and then dovetails into behavior. It almost always makes you willing to be of service, which is where the joy resides.”— ANNE LAMOTT

    3 weeks ago
  11. A
    Adrian Arvizu

    Early morning stillness.

    3 weeks ago
  12. Pilgrim

    Spring is in her glory here in West Michigan, the beach, the trees and all the greenery, all kinds of birds and other visitors to the backyard. So much beauty.

    3 weeks ago
  13. J
    John

    Both a short hike in the desert here (Phoenix) and a return home.
    I realize again the beauty present in a desert environment, whether saguaro, or lantana, and when they are in bloom, it is like seeing an infants first smile!
    When I return home, I appreciate my toaster or my coffee pot or both even more, and eventually, the thermostat!

    3 weeks ago
    1. L
      Loc Tran

      John, that sounds fun and some good exercise. Adventures have a way of making us appreciate our routine more. There’s no place like home.

      3 weeks ago
  14. Barb C

    Paying attention.

    Taking time to reflect on what I learned from something that was challenging or didn’t go well.

    Being aware yet again of how fortunate I am in so many ways, which reminds me of my privilege, which brings determination to work for justice.

    3 weeks ago
  15. Maeve

    The green of plants and trees, especially now in spring with their yellow-green new foliage. Always am thankful for this after our long winter.

    3 weeks ago
    1. L
      Loc Tran

      Maeve, spring is fun and a relief for sure. As far as winter goes, I’m fortunate to have come out of a short one this year coming from Minnesota. 2022-23 was a brudal one with snowstorm after snowstorm.

      3 weeks ago
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