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  1. Michele

    Not sure where my reflection went?

    7 months ago
    1. Barb C

      I see one from you on the second page. I’ve noticed when posting, especially replies to someone else’s message, that it sometimes jumps me to another page if there are two.

      7 months ago
  2. Robin Ann

    Allows me to be more aware of my surroundings and appreciate my connections to all living things.

    7 months ago
  3. Anna

    Thinking of our dear friend Christine, I believe this site creates connections between all of us and for this I am grateful, because I know wonderful people, and Christine is one of them.
    Remembering Christine and all other dear friends on this site, I reflect on the connection of our hearts, across the ocean, the countries of the world, and I am grateful for it.
    I also believe that we are linked to loved ones who are no longer here, on this Earth, and I pray to them, firmly trusting that they can help, especially those who are suffering.

    7 months ago
    1. Carol

      Yes, our dear Christine is a blessing to us all.

      7 months ago
    2. Pilgrim

      Beautiful, Anna. Thank you.

      7 months ago
  4. Don Jones

    This life is a curious and mysterious happening. I am grateful to be part of it.

    7 months ago
  5. A

    When I realize and think that everything is connected, all people, all places, all animals and I am grateful that I am able to experience so many different activities and people. From taking a curling lesson Saturday with a huge group and I only new one person, but I connected with those that I spoke to. To dinner with a new friend last night with whom we have things in common and are going to pursue those interests, to going to church with a friend and sharing a message that reminds us that ALL things belong to Him. We merely are custodians whilst we are on this earth.

    7 months ago
  6. Antoinette

    Thanks for writing all these thoughtful comments. I am currently in the hospital for the third day due to migraines. I’m grateful for the support and care I receive here. I also appreciate that people are so kind. I’m feeling out of sorts and it scares me a lot. It has been a long time since I had to go to the hospital for migraines. I am working on letting go of the flood of thoughts that arrive each second. I pray that they disappear like all thoughts and that I don’t linger in them in limbo.

    7 months ago
    1. Nannette

      Antoinette, Sending healing prayers and love your way. I do hope today is a better day and soon the migraines will be in the past. Wishing you well, my friend.

      7 months ago
    2. Michele

      Speedy recovery to you Antoinette.

      7 months ago
    3. Carol

      Antoinette, May you forsake analyzing and just breathe. From the bottom of my heart, I believe there is a part of you that has never been afraid. May you rest in its embrace.

      7 months ago
    4. Joseph McCann

      Healing Kindness your way Antoinette.

      7 months ago
    5. Robin Ann

      Praying you get some relief and answers soon!!

      7 months ago
    6. Pilgrim

      Holding you in prayer, Antoinette. Many blessings.

      7 months ago
    7. Anna

      I am sorry for you, dear Antoinette. May yo keep on, surrounded by kindness. You deserve it.

      7 months ago
    8. S
      Ana Maria

      Sending healing prayers your way. Migraines are exhausting. May they find a medication that works for you.

      7 months ago
    9. Linda

      I am so sorry you are suffering, Antoinette. I hope your migraine wears itself out soon.

      7 months ago
  7. Linda

    My mind is all over the place these days. The one thing that helps is to breathe and be thankful.

    7 months ago
  8. Barb C

    I could turn this question around: How does thinking of my connection to all life remind me to practice gratefulness? It’s a spiral for me, I think. Pay attention. Notice. Be grateful. Pay attention. So often the things that prompt me to feel spontaneous delight or gratitude or joy are things in the natural world I’m a part of.

    My long-held belief about who and how I am in the world is grounded in science. The particles that currently make up my body are connected to other particles across the universe at distance my mind can’t grasp. What I do affects the energy in the entire universe! And I would rather increase the net positive energy than increase negative energy. (I don’t let the laws of thermodynamics intrude on my life stance.)

    Feeling gratitude is connection. Connection is gratitude.

    7 months ago
    1. Michele

      Happy birthday Barb!

      7 months ago
    2. Carol

      Beautifully said, Barb.

      7 months ago
  9. Carol

    Gratefulness is a practice, a perspective, a way of life and this journey called life is not about understanding.  It is about accepting “what is” in each moment so life can breathe us, comfort us, teach us to live each question, solve each difficulty, be an instrument of peace. At-one-ment not atonement is what will keep this world evolving.  It is an energy that beats in my heart and in your heart.  Unfortunately, it is you and I who can color it with judgment and limit it with fear if we do not trust it enough to teach us the wonders of love.

    When we realize what it means to be fully human,we will manifest divinity just as Jesus did. When we realize what it means to be fully human, we will move from longing to belonging, knowing we are neither separate from or superior to the rest of creation.

    Practicing gratefulness keeps me honest with myself. It promotes the willingness to see that my vulnerability is also my strength.

    7 months ago
    1. Joseph McCann

      Hello Carol, once again your reflection is thoughtful and thought provoking. Thank you.

      7 months ago
    2. Barb C

      At-one-ment is what it really takes to truly understand when we have harmed another and to make amends. Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg’s book On Repentance and Repair: Making Amends in an Unapologetic World is wonderful on the topic of accepting and moving forward in relationship. Not quite on point to today’s question and yet it is; feeling separation makes space in which we allow harm to enter our relationships, whether it’s with other human beings or other living beings.

      7 months ago
    3. J

      Carol, I am so moved by your words. Thank you for sharing.

      7 months ago
  10. m

    Practicing gratefulness reminds me of my connection to all of life by helping me to recognize that I have my own journey. Especially in terms of coming to mindful awareness of how I want to manifest my life, I have to be grateful for the simple fact that I am literally attracting everything into my life, so I am reminded to be grateful for all of these answered prayers! Even if my mind is not always in the right space, gratitude does help me recognize that I have come a long way in this journey of life and that there are already a lot of blessings here in my present moment.

    7 months ago
  11. Charlie T

    Practicing gratefulness forces me to
    acknowledge the world outside of
    my head. And by doing that, I am
    reminded and made aware of my
    connectedness. And not only to life,
    but also the sun, the stars, the moon, and
    the whole cosmos that we are part of.
    When I think of life here in earth, I think
    of the spark that we all carry. Every living
    thing has this current running through it
    and passes it on like a baton in a relay race.
    All living things have the same impulse
    running through it. That is our connection.

    7 months ago
    1. Joseph McCann

      So true Charley T.

      7 months ago
  12. Nannette

    Gratefulness is a reminder to be a good person, to be aware of each living moment…and to be truly thankful. Today’s question is very appropriate for me….Thank you!!

    7 months ago
  13. Yram

    It let’s me pause and appreciate!

    7 months ago
  14. sunnypatti

    Gratefulness keeps me grounded and with that, I am able to stay conscious of the energy that I am a part of – that we are all a part of.

    7 months ago
  15. Kevin

    Being grateful and practicing gratefulness allows me to see and fully experience all of what life has to offer.

    7 months ago
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