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  1. O.Christina

    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it required a conscious decision to take an active step for to come out of my inner more or less constant internally withdrawn corner.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!

    12 months ago
  2. KC

    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!!!!

    12 months ago
  3. Malag

    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.

    12 months ago
  4. d
    db82258

    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……..

    12 months ago
    1. Carol

      As Eckhart Tolle teaches: Don’t turn a situation in to a problem!”

      12 months ago
  5. Hot Sauce

    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.

    12 months ago
  6. Elaine

    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.

    12 months ago
  7. Don Jones

    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.

    12 months ago
  8. Mica

    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!!

    12 months ago
    1. Carol

      I relate!

      12 months ago
  9. pkr

    I would have to say everyday.

    12 months ago
  10. Carol

    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.

    12 months ago
    1. Mica

      That’s wonderful, Carol, that you are responding to your medical test results with awareness and gratefulness! I’m impressed.

      12 months ago
      1. Carol

        thanks, Mica

        12 months ago
    2. pkr

      Blessings, love & a hug sent to you Carol. Wishing you a peaceful day. 🙏❤️✨🙏

      12 months ago
      1. Carol

        Thanks…it was a good day

        12 months ago
  11. Holly in Ohio

    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!

    12 months ago
    1. Michele

      save your peels and throw em in the warm bath tub:)

      12 months ago
    2. Mica

      ‘raise my eyes above my laptop screen’ – what a lovely image, Holly – thanks 🙂

      12 months ago
  12. Marnie Jackson

    It allows me to see the lessons in hard circumstances and choices

    12 months ago
  13. sunnypatti48317

    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!

    12 months ago
    1. Mica

      Thanks, sunnypatti, for sharing your wonderful experience 🙂

      12 months ago
    2. Holly in Ohio

      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. 🙂

      12 months ago
      1. sunnypatti48317

        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!!

        12 months ago
  14. Kevin

    Being grateful, be it last year, yesterday, or ten minutes ago, has impacted everything I do for the better.

    12 months ago
  15. Dusty Su

    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.

    12 months ago
    1. Mary Pat

      That last sentence of yours gave me a new perspective-thank you!

      12 months ago
      1. Dusty Su

        Yes, did for me too Mary Pat.

        11 months ago
    2. Michele

      You write so beautifully Dusy Su. This made my heart smile.

      12 months ago
      1. Dusty Su

        Thank you. Quite an experience.

        12 months ago
    3. Mica

      So so wonderful, Dusty Su – thanks for sharing!

      12 months ago
      1. Dusty Su

        Thank you, Mica

        12 months ago
    4. Carol

      Dusty Su, Thank you

      12 months ago
      1. Dusty Su

        Thank you too, Carol

        12 months ago
    5. Holly in Ohio

      Powerful writing, Dusty Su! I started crying… good tears! And one has to wonder if the therapy was not mutual. 😊 Love this! ❤❤❤

      12 months ago
      1. Dusty Su

        We both got the prize I believe, Holly. Thank you.

        12 months ago
    6. R
      Robyn Therese

      What a beautiful reflection ✨🙏✨

      12 months ago
      1. Dusty Su

        Aww, thanks.

        12 months ago
    7. Kevin

      This is beautiful, Dusty Su. Thank you!

      12 months ago
      1. Dusty Su

        Thanks so much, Kevin.

        12 months ago
  16. Michele

    Seeing the unbelievable aftermath of the KT tornadoes really is upsetting and mind blowing. Mother Nature is very powerful. I’m grateful for her and all the beauty, yet have respect and knowledge of her power. Thoughts and prayers to all those victims and families.

    12 months ago

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