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I can appreciate what this body can do: still breathing, still standing despite a lot of mileage
By just being grateful for all that is. Being mindful with others, compassionate and kind. Grateful tonight for the support in having had the chance to experiencing some stillness during meditation together with a friend, who for the first time sensed this for several moments. Her eyes were shining in joy and she was very happy and grateful when she left, and me also. A joint venture 🙂
As every day begin with my readings, meditation. As I enjoy my morning coffee, look outside my windows and see the world n it’s glory. The sun shining, the birds twittering, the geese flying overhead, hearing the drip of melting water. All are a signal that spring is sticking its head out and soon the summer will be back.
I can embody gratitude by looking for the good in the midst of chaos.
At times it can seem like what is holding us down is meant to break us but at the end of the day, we don’t see how it is building us up as individuals. It is crazy how we become so focused on the storm that we forget to dance in the rain.
A quote I have found peace in and has allowed me to accept my circumstances and has motivated me to keep pushing through and overcome is written by Pat Benatar…
“I’ve enjoyed every age I’ve been, and each has had its own individual merit. Every laugh line, every scar, is a badge I wear to show I’ve been present, the inner rings of my personal tree trunk that I display proudly for all to see. Nowadays, I don’t want a “perfect” face and body; I want to wear the life I’ve lived.”
― Pat Benatar, Between a Heart and a Rock Place: A Memoir
Coincidentally, before coming here yesterday I read this quote by Tomas Tranströmer, Swedish poet and 2011 winner of the Nobel Prize, expressing another version of this tree-ring metaphor: “We always feel younger than we are. I carry inside myself my earlier faces, as a tree contains its rings. The sum of them is me. The mirror sees only my latest face, while I know all my previous ones.” I like both of these! And I’m definitely living into Pat’s quote.
A favourite artist of mine . Those words touch my soul.
By stepping OUT to the day rather than stepping IN to the day. Manifesting a bloom and flowering rather than an entanglement and closing down.
Beautiful image. Thank you.
Taking a pause and living slowly and mindfully. Stop the autopilot.
Love this! It sounds like a rallying cry: Stop the autopilot! ✊🏻
Remembering, practicing, returning …. to Pause. Breathe. Ground. Root. Connect. Gather Course correct. Go….
Celebrate. Give thanks. Let go… at the end of the day…
I can embody grateful living today by counting all my blessings all day long. Thanking Source for a new day, 1st thing, is how I start my day. This simple but huge acknowledgment sets me right for the day ahead. I have so much to be thankful for. Thank you to All who share here, I am grateful for this community. ❤️🙏❤️
Working day is over. I am very tired, but by making my daughter smile I can show my gratefulness that she choose me as her father
I have been using part of e.e. Cummings poem each day because it spoke to me:
How should tasting, touching, hearing, seeing, breathing,
lifted from the no of all nothing
human, merely being,
I AM embodying grateful living today after discovering that my car still drives ok after it was rear-ended in its parking space yesterday 🙂
Coming here every day as part of my morning routine starts the day off right. This day, like yesterday, holds too many meetings packed close together. I can make one of them a walking meeting and go to a big nearby park to be in the woods with birds and squirrels and appreciate my body moving while I listen. Walking the short loop around the block in our neighborhood isn’t a “big” walk but it offers a reset and recharge between meetings. I meant to do this yesterday and just couldn’t–today I will make a point of it and admire the blooming trees in my neighbors’ yards.
Each morning I start my meditations by reciting this prayer in both English and Spanish:
Thank you Abba Father for this miracle of another day of life.
Gracias Papito Dios por el milagro de un otra dia de la vida.
No matter what mood I wake up in, this ritual never fails to fill my heart with grateful trust for whatever the day may bring. ♥
May all manner of things be well with you and your family, my friend. Blessings and peace!
And with you as well dear friend ♥
By being more present. By opening my heart to giving and receiving kindness. By acknowledging our connectedness to all living things. Starting with this amazing group of people. I’m grateful to have found this.
dear Charlie T . . . ♥
As the snow melts and the sun tries to send its warmth through the icy wind I see the Canada Geese returning and I thank them for making the long trip, coming back as a beacon of spring and I tell them how grateful I am that they made it back and that they survived their dangerous journey. Grateful living can mean to notice the “little” things and feel blessed to experience them as a gift.
You do not have to be good
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely
the world offers itself to imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting –
over and over announcing your place
In the family of things
excerpt from “Wild Geese” ~ Mary Oliver
Thank you for sharing this, Blossom. It’s beautiful. 🙂 <3
Dragonfly, I so appreciated your share, I felt my heart open up, wild and free as the wind.
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