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Just right now, being able for the moment being to share after having been cut off from the Internet. As well several days back, my experience has been shifted profoundly, when gratitude and joy for having had the opportunity to joining friends who all shared from their heart was leading to overcome an old painful soul´s blockage of not being able to really partake/ not being part of…. Silly enough, I had not been really aware that, instead of my shy and anxious waiting for an invitation or for permission from extern, it required a conscious decision to take an active step for to come out of my inner more or less constant internally withdrawn corner. I was kindly and lovingly helped again, and it was a central support for a central problem I held. It was a wonderful arriving in really being with people I treasure. Deeply grateful for this gift of love. It will move things inside to a better place. Thank you dearly to all of you for being here and sharing from your heart as well. It is such a help and support. Wishing you all a lovely weekend!
I attended the Celebrating Sufficiency mini retreat on Tuesday with Kristi, Cheryl and others from the gratefulness community on Zoom. It was such a gift, and welcome reminder to keep rooting in and returning to gratefulness as an anchor in source and what matters most. Wow!
Deep gratitude for your generous offering and lively, spacious presence. You gave me the courage and conviction to once again set aside much of the inner and outer messaging around December which can block my receptivity and commitment to the people and things that really matter. Thank you!!!!
When queuing for a long time to get the third vaccine shot. I was in discomfort but I frequently reminded myself how very fortunate I am that this is accessible to me.
Puzzling painful dilemmas, finally seeing how I liked to create and acquire problems for myself has made me silly happy and very grateful. My, oh my, who’d a thought……..
As Eckhart Tolle teaches: Don’t turn a situation in to a problem!”
Even when I have struggled with difficulties, I have found that, most recently, paying attention to how much more resilient I have become has helped me to put my struggles into perspective so that I can appreciate how strong I am in the face of obstacles.
I’m experiencing this season of Advent/Sostice with much less angst as I follow with intention the path of grateful living. Typically the season was fraught with feelings of inadequacy and big time FOMO. Being grateful has shifted my perspective to celebrating and appreciating the amazing fullness of my life.
I am grateful for the guidance of my Guru. The awakening and unfolding at a depth I cannot put words to. Sometimes gentle, sometimes like falling down a flight of stairs. He speaks to me beyond thoughts and words – more like seeing into a dazzling darkness. The way he brings me into openness and wonder with the ever unfolding mystery. Tears of gratitude freely fall.
I am grateful for this site and https://ggia.berkeley.edu/ and other resources as I sort through my many journals of the past decades. We have so many wonderful resources for dealing with problems besides journaling now! That was once supposed to be the ‘magic bullet’ but I just wrote about the same problems day after day after day. ‘The Artist’s Way’ and its ‘morning pages’ was a big influence on me, but now I agree with my memoirs teacher that it didn’t actually have much value. I write about wanting to write, even at the expense of sleeping, but actually feeling a resistance to writing. Good grief. So many pages that need to be shredded now! Thank heavens for gratefulness!!
I would have to say everyday.
I’m in the midst of a lot of medical tests and most of the results have not been uplifting. It has not depressed me but rather made me more aware of every thing. I’m grateful for each day, each task I am able to do, each chance to connect with others. It keeps me focused on the present moment by moment.
That’s wonderful, Carol, that you are responding to your medical test results with awareness and gratefulness! I’m impressed.
Blessings, love & a hug sent to you Carol. Wishing you a peaceful day. 🙏❤️✨🙏
Thanks…it was a good day
During the holiday season it is so easy to dwell on specters of the past. It is also easy to get caught up in expectations of the future, or to somehow find ways of feeling dissatisfied with the present. Gratefulness brings me back to the present with all its pieces in view, to reality, to lovely small joys that are here when I don’t clutter my mind with the past and future. If I raise my eyes above my laptop screen, I see an orange I placed on the table to have this morning. The orange makes me feel happy. Oranges are like stored sunshine. I smile when I think of eating that sunshine, here in winter. 😊
Good morning, friends!
save your peels and throw em in the warm bath tub:)
‘raise my eyes above my laptop screen’ – what a lovely image, Holly – thanks 🙂
It allows me to see the lessons in hard circumstances and choices
Recent times? Last Friday I helped my husband with a holiday market on Edisto. It’s our favorite island and we love the community. He was asked to be the food truck, and of course he said yes. Anyhow, it was a super busy day. They asked him to be there not only for the market, but for the first half of the movie they were showing at dusk. By dusk, we were exhausted. The chef (who prefers sticking to catering and house parties) was ready to say no more festivals. He was fussy and tired (and probably hungry), and I was getting sucked into that energy, agreeing that it was too much work, too stressful, etc…. then we got home, counted our sales, and couldn’t believe how successful of a day it was! And the next day, he got some orders for Christmas food and a gig that has him cooking numerous meals for a very wealthy family who is already talking about hiring him permanently for all of their gatherings. The hard work, the getting into the community via these “stressful” festivals is all paying off. My husband is doing what he’s always wanted to do professionally, and I love seeing the business blossom as it is. The heart never leads astray!
Thanks, sunnypatti, for sharing your wonderful experience 🙂
It does sound like intense work, but as you noted there are more benefits than the money, and it will allow the two of you to have more freedom with the days you are not working the truck. It is still a new business and I hope for the two of you and the chef that it will become more comfortable when worn in (like shoes get worn in). I think your insight into Friday is wonderful. 🙂
My husband is the chef! That’s why it’s such a big deal and stressful because it’s his dream, and while it’s coming true, he is still a bit scared. But it IS working out, and it’s so awesome to watch him grow and thrive doing what he’s passionate about. He and I both know we have so much to be grateful for. I love it!!
Being grateful, be it last year, yesterday, or ten minutes ago, has impacted everything I do for the better.
Today at hospice, I got to play Chief Pamperer and I am grateful for what it taught me.
I have little to zero skills in making finger and toenails look nice. In the past I have washed hair, shaved, trimmed beards, and bathed those who needed it. But nails scare me. I cut my baby daughter’s thumb when trimming her nails three decades ago. The thought of which still traumatizes me today. So, upon hearing that nail care was to be my duty, along with hand and foot massages, I inwardly freaked out, but jumped to it anyway.
Massages were a breeze—I have had plenty of practice in hospitals through the use of lavender oil to remind patients that their bodies can still provide pleasure even though chronically ill. But with trimming, cleaning, digging under and then painting digits pretty pink, I had to go slow, as in Zen, mindful in the moment, every moment, slow. Little did I know that as we sat in such close spaces, sacred doors of intimacy would fling open. Laughter, listening, cheeky chatter, signs and silent messages, dignity, autonomy, and a myriad of emotions were also to follow.
One gentleman’s hands were tight balls of curled up, shrunken, unused tendons. As I cut his nails, he screamed out, “You’ve hurt me! You’ve cut my finger off…” I nearly fainted. He burst out laughing at how he’d tricked me. I growled, “You better never do that again…you could kill me!” We roared and roared till our sides hurt. It was pure therapy. After I had finished his nails and a long massage, his hands lay unfolded in his lap, completely relaxed and beautiful. When asked what his day’s highlight was so far, he promptly replied, “You!” Of course, I promised to do his feet next week.
A cleaner told me he is a favorite. He’s kind, humble, has a wicked sense of humor, and on top of it all, is always inspiring. The staff actually vie to feed and care for him. So, if like me, you ever wonder if you’d suffer lack of care if you couldn’t care for yourself, get in the habit of being so friendly that everyone wants to friend you now… My new friend’s code of conduct spoke volumes and proved to me that needing care is not necessarily a burden — no one wants to be a burden — but can be a part of a wonderful handshake.
That last sentence of yours gave me a new perspective-thank you!
Yes, did for me too Mary Pat.
You write so beautifully Dusy Su. This made my heart smile.
Thank you. Quite an experience.
So so wonderful, Dusty Su – thanks for sharing!
Thank you, Mica
Dusty Su, Thank you
Thank you too, Carol
Powerful writing, Dusty Su! I started crying… good tears! And one has to wonder if the therapy was not mutual. 😊 Love this! ❤❤❤
We both got the prize I believe, Holly. Thank you.
What a beautiful reflection ✨🙏✨
This is beautiful, Dusty Su. Thank you!
Thanks so much, Kevin.
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