Gratitude Lounge Welcome to our community space to support and celebrate Grateful Living. Please consider reflecting on questions such as these: What am I grateful for? How does gratefulness enrich my life, my community, the world? What is grateful living inspiring me to do? You are welcome to include images and videos to illustrate your reflections… Click here to cancel reply.Please log in or Create a Profile to post a comment. Mary1 week agoMaryI am grateful for a delicious apple that I am eating. I am grateful for sweet children at school, beautiful bbsmiles and faces. I am grateful for the other teachers, all good people to work with, all getting a little weary as the children get more excited, and sometimes less cooperative. I am grateful for fifth graders, many who have failed several times and are two or three years older than the other kids. The older ones are the โcoolโ ones. They can be very difficult in the classroom, but one on one they can be some of the sweetest kids around. I do worry about them getting into trouble as they get into their teens. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to get to know them. I am grateful for the nice weather we have been having for weeks on end. I am grateful for my cats, I am grateful for my new cozy slippers, I am grateful for my home, the trees all around , and the fresh air. I am grateful that I took the time to write this post because I feel more content and more grateful than before I started writing. Wishing everyone health, sunshine, blue skies, and lots of love. Mary 3 Reply Share Aine1 week agoAineIt must be hard, Mary, for teachers to watch the kids who have failed and often believe they cannot succeed for one reason or another. To find a way to build value into them that they can take with them as they move through even more perilous years is a true gift. Teachers often do not realize what a blessing they are to the kids in their classes, with a legacy that reaches far beyond the year(s) they have them. Blessings be upon you for your heart for your kids! 0 Reply Share Mary1 week agoMaryYes, I wish I could do more. I see all children in the school for 45 minutes once a week. Everyone is on such a tight schedule. I have been talking to fifth graders lately about being grateful and being good kind people. These kids misbehave a good bit but they seem interested when I talk to them about these things. There is a good bit of fighting, mostly verbal and also physical this time of year. I try to talk to them about being nice and how much better that feels than being angry. Also how much better feeling grateful feels than feeling angry. I need to talk to them about taking care of themselves and loving themselves. They do seem interested when I talk to them about these things and about their lives. I can do that and hope to change some hearts and plant some seeds Mary 0 Reply Share Ursula1 week agoUrsulaThank you for your beautiful, grateful post, Mary! ๐ธ๐Have a beautiful day! Ursula 1 Reply Share Mary1 week agoMaryThank you, Ursula. I have had you on my mind and am praying for you. I love your cheerful new icon! Poppies? Much love to you, Mary 0 Reply Share Ursula5 days agoUrsulaThank you for your prayers, Mary, I do need them especially now! Yes of course, my favourite flowers! Thanks for thinking of me, at the moment I have many things to do and not so much energy to write on here, but am thinking of the people in this Forum. Best to you, dear Mary! Ursula 0 Reply Share Maritz1 week agoMaritzToday I am in the beautiful, peaceful south coast town of Merimbula NSW! Sending this peace to you all as I enjoy it so much after the noise and rush of Sydney. I am here for another week. So grateful for this , near the beach and warm. Love and healing to all ๐ 2 Reply Share Ursula1 week agoUrsulaNice to read from you, Maritz! Thanks for the beautiful description! As we have no sea here, I enjoy imagining you at that place! I thought of you as you said you were travelling and am glad you arrived safely. Enjoy and take care! Ursula โ 0 Reply Share Maritz1 week agoMaritzThank you Ursula, my postings will be a bit sporadic for a little while! But I am with you all in spirit ๐ 0 Reply Share Mary1 week agoMaryEnjoy your time in Merimbula! It sounds wonderful! What does NSW stand for by the way? I do love life at the beach. People don’t rush around so much. Slowing down and enjoying my surroundings sounds good to me. Peace to you, Mary 0 Reply Share Maritz1 week agoMaritzYes, New South Wales, I am in Australia , Mary. Peace to you also, Maritz 0 Reply Share Ursula1 week agoUrsulaHi Mary! Could it be New SouthWales? 0 Reply Share Aine1 week agoAineToday, I am grateful for hope. Last week, my husband was emailed by the IT Director at the Univ where he is hoping to become employed. He was told they are working hard on getting permission to post the position they want him to apply for and that he hoped to have word by next Wednesday — meaning TODAY. Sooooo, naturally I am a nervous Nellie. :-/ I would like to be bouncing all over DOING things to keep my mind occupied, but my wishes to bounce outstrip my bodies bounce-ability. ๐ It’s kind of like Tigger with his leg in a cast. I have felt very strongly as if the challenges of the past few weeks were a sort of “housecleaning” before something new was ushered in for us. A good job would end about nine years of uncertainty and struggle. It’s hard to believe it has been that long since the 2008 Depression/Recession (whatever you call it, the thing was a mess), but it has. So many were affected all over the globe and still are. Prayers, well wishes, and good vibes (if Juan is around!) welcome!! 3 Reply Share Ursula1 week agoUrsulaBest wishes from me, too, Aine!! The ‘housecleaning’ thing sounds good, I just thought that I need that, too, both literally and figuratively! Keep my fingers crossed, Aine! A big hug, Ursula โ 0 Reply Share Aine1 week agoAineI cannot say the housecleaning is any more fun that with buckets and mops, but the result is worth the effort! 0 Reply Share Mary1 week agoMaryBest wishes on this Aine. Things are shifting in the right direction. Even if this job were not to work out at this time your husband now has some excellent allies who also have friends. And there is also momentum. I don’t know if I am making sense. This just feels right to me. Stay positive. Give this some time. Mary Mary 0 Reply Share Aine1 week agoAineThis feels that way to me, too, Mary, though I am attempting to be “cautiously optimistic.” It is not a done deal yet, but there are signs that seem quite encouraging. And yes, you are making sense! ๐ 0 Reply Share Diane1 week agoDianeAine! I’m so happy to hear this news and I join you in your hope. “Hope” is a very special word to me..in fact, it is our younger daughter’s middle name. Do you know the poem by Emily Dickinson about hope? I read it in college (40+ years ago!) and it has stuck with me. It’s called “Hope is the thing with feathers”. Here is the first stanza: ‘Hope’ is the thing with feathersโ That perches in the soulโ And sings the tune without the wordsโ And never stopsโat allโ I wish I could say that I have always been a person who hopes…sometimes it can be a scary thing, I can’t explain why I feel that way…maybe fear of being disappointed. But perhaps, like Dickinson says, it is perched in my soul even when I don’t feel it? I totally get the “nervous Nellie” feeling and can certainly relate to a body that doesn’t always cooperate! But I love your humor Aine..it always shines through. “Tigger with his leg in a cast”…made me laugh out loud…you do have a way with words! Thank you for sharing that gift with us! Please let us know how things are progressing with this opportunity……prayers! 0 Reply Share Aine1 week agoAineHope is elusive at times, but I think it is even more powerful than we realize. We struggle with it precisely because it IS elusive, not certain. Love the poem. I have another saying that always speaks to me of hope. It is a Chinese Proverb that says, “If I keep a green bough in my heart, the singing bird will come.” I just love that image and all in contains of hope, seasons, and joy. THANK YOU for the prayers. I will post the update above. ๐ 0 Reply Share Ursula1 week agoUrsulaBeautiful poem, Diane! Actually, I share your ambiguous feelings about hope … I now prefer to replace it with conviction or certainty. I visualize things and try to make my doubtful mind TRUST. Not always an easy task, it requires tenacity and much work! Best to you, stay tuned! Ursula โ 1 Reply Share Aine1 week agoAineA friend of mine passed along a question to me from a talk she watched with Michael Bernard Beckwith. The question was, “If my situation never was any different than it is right now, what quality would I need in order to have peace?” The first time my friend asked me this, I said, “I dunno, but I’m thinking it will need to be about 100 proof!” That was, of course, not what she meant. I went home and decided to consider the question more seriously and pray about it. When I prayed, the answer came as Trust, Faith, Hope, and Optimism. Not easy answers! What has been instrumental in helping me reach a calmer, more trusting place has been taking the time to Stop Look Go, especially in scripture, to see all the ways God reassures us that even when we cannot trust our circumstances, we can trust in his love for us. Then I am turned from fear to Gratitude, and my trust is increased by the memory of previous faithfulness and care. In turn, I am finding that this is increasing my ability to envision the things that I want to be in my life and to release the things that I need to get rid of. I hope this makes sense. It is not a neat and clean process, so it may have come out a little knotted. ๐ 0 Reply Share Anna1 week agoAnnaDiane, what a beautiful poem! This definition of hope…strikes me deeply. Thank you for this pearl of your culture Diane. Your attitude towards hope is a grace, let me say…like a pearl you have sought for, and when you have found it you have nurtured and taken care of. 1 Reply Share Pilgrim1 week agoPilgrimPraying for the stars to align in your family’s favor, Aine. 1 Reply Share Anna1 week agoAnna๐๐ผ 1 Reply Share Antoinette1 week agoAntoinetteI’m very grateful for freedom and my deep understanding of taking time to heal. 2 Reply Share Aine1 week agoAineYes, it is not an overnight process, is it? ๐ Even when we wish it happened fast, the reality is that we need time to adapt to the changes, to release the hurts of the past, to gain hope and vision for the future. None of these things is a quick deal. The payoff, of course, is that the time we must spend healing and learning new pathways and patterns means repetition of lessons, which helps cement them with more permanence in our souls. What we learn slowly, we do not forget quickly. Many blessings to you in your healing! 1 Reply Share Antoinette1 week agoAntoinetteThank you Aine, I’m leaning that I’m kind of impatient. I mean I knew I was but I thought being in a rush was the right way to be. That somehow forcing as much as I could to be done in one day was the right way to be. I now know that to be wrong thinking. I guess that’s why they say patience is a virtue. Learning to be patient with myself will help me be that way with others as well. ๐ 0 Reply Share Ursula1 week agoUrsulaThank you for this answer, Aine! Ursula 0 Reply Share Pilgrim1 week agoPilgrimI am grateful for a sunny walk at a local park this afternoon, with everything greening up nicely, flowering trees in bloom, baby birds all about, and not much traffic. A healing balm after some pretty terrible days over the last week. 3 Reply Share Diane1 week agoDianePilgrim….the healing power of nature never ceases to amaze me. And the sunshine and coming of warmer, gentler, greener days is indeed a balm for my soul as well. It has been a stubborn winter….I guess it just makes the spring time that much sweeter this year. ๐ Thank you for sharing…. and your own “stubbornness” in finding joy and expressing gratitude even during the challenging times that inevitably visit us all. You have inspired me. ~Blessings 0 Reply Share Pilgrim1 week agoPilgrimThank you, Diane. Yes, spring does seem a sweet gift this year. Namaste! 0 Reply Share Kevin1 week agoKevinHere’s hoping that a string of better, friendlier days continue for you, Pilgrim. Here’s a bit of “joy” to nudge the day along! 3 Reply Share Pilgrim1 week agoPilgrimThank you, Kevin. This is wonderful, and so colorful! 0 Reply Share Aine1 week agoAineWas this a grandkid project? I bet my friend would love to do this with her grandkids before they are all too old to want to walk around in paint. ๐ She has ten, and the most recent grandkid story she told was of them running around her driveway on Easter pretending to be velociraptors. Joy indeed! 0 Reply Share Kevin1 week agoKevinClose…it was part of a children’s retreat project that I began and coordinated and now staff for several times a year. The footprints are on the cover of large print songbooks that children can read from 15-20 feet away. The woman who made the cover, who now runs the program, has a number of covers for each of her 4 or five books each with different kinds of art and writing on them. I said “close,” because all of our grandkids also participate in this program as well. 0 Reply Share Aine1 week agoAineWhat was it, in the air or something? The last week or so has been challenging here, too. The weather has indeed been a balm for the soul. Hope your week this week improves no end!! 0 Reply Share Pilgrim1 week agoPilgrimThank you, Aine and Mary. I am taking it one day at a time, and appreciating the simple gifts or moments as they surface. Being in this online community helps so much. 1 Reply Share Mary1 week agoMarySo sorry to hear that you have been dealing with so much last week. It sounds like your time outdoors today must have lifted your spirits today. Nothing like fresh air and beautiful weather. Wishing you sunny days and improving health. Much love light and healing to you dear Pilgrim, Mary 0 Reply Share ยฉhad1 week agoยฉhaddespite the difficulties in our lives, as long as we’re still going and still living, we’re… 3 Reply Share Kevin1 week agoKevinTrue-true, Chad! 0 Reply Share Mary1 week agoMaryPraying for you and your husband, Alicia. With much love, light, peace, and healing, Mary 2 Reply Share Ursula1 week agoUrsulaFor all who have “knotted” problems, I have found a prayer and a beautiful iconic depiction of Mary who loosens the knots. The prayer is taken from the book my husband has given to me: ‘In the Name of God’ My dear Mother Mary, wonderful loosener of knots, take my Hands and make them healing. bestow that your Hands through my Hands may bring loosening (denouement), healing and peace. Thank you! AMEN 4 Reply Share Diane1 week agoDianeUrsula…thank you so much for this! It sometimes feels like my body is one big gigantic knot! What a simple and beautiful prayer to Mary, our mother. It is even more special because it comes from a special place…the book your husband gave you! Hope you are continuing to feel “lighter” dear Ursula. ~Blessings 0 Reply Share Ursula1 week agoUrsulaThank you, Diane, yes, I AM feeling lighter. Wishing you that the prayer will also help to undo your knot(s)! Blessings, Diane, Ursula โ 0 Reply Share Aine1 week agoAineBeautiful. Yes, lovely. Thank you for sharing. I did not grow up in faith traditions that honored Mary, though I was baptized Catholic as a one year old. It is only later in life that I have come to appreciate the one who mothers us all. 0 Reply Share Ursula1 week agoUrsulaYou are right, the ‘one who mothers us all’. In the last years I have discovered many variations of her, and it reassures me to pray before a statue of Mary when I find one. Some are especially beautiful. I have also found a book some time ago which told that Mary in her manifold forms has replaced ancient mother Goddesses, and very interesting ethymologic studies prove that in many places we can find old Goddess names which have changed with the phonetic chamges, but sometimes also deliberately by the patriarcal Christian ‘system’. Many old legends have also been changed in a way that good Goddesses have been made bad ones, or women that are punished for their ‘misbehaviour’. This proves that it wasn’t easy to keep people from praying to the Goddesses, but has been pushed through very violently. Whatever, I find the depiction of Mary who loosens the knots very interesting … and who knows which Goddess is behind! Ursula 0 Reply Share Ursula1 week agoUrsulaGood morning, Mary! I join you in this! Alicia, praying for you and your husband … hopefully you are reading and / or feeling this! I’ m sure you do, actually! BLessings, Ursula 1 Reply Share Ursula2 weeks agoUrsuladear everyone, your love, prayers, and candles help me enormously. Miracles are occurring. I feel much lighter, wise women are there to speak with me and give me good advice, do spiritual work for me and support me. My husband has made me a present for Easter: a book with a most beautifully designed cover by an author called Monika Herz (her last name means heart) with the title: Be still, my heart, the trees are praying” … Healing and protecting prayers. This is the first time I have got a present from my husband which I really cherish and which I could take from my heart. I didn’t even know the book existed and I couldn’t have chosen a better present for myself! I found a prayer in the book which I feel is fitting to my situation … Then I asked my husband to put his Hands on my lungs, back and column and to speak that prayer for me. He did, for quite a long time, and it was so good … I wanted him to put his hands on my back for a long time, and this was the first time I could ask. Also, we had some precious time for us without duties, and the children didn’t disturb us at all. Then afterwards, I had an encounter with a wise and spiritual woman who told me I wasn’t ill but transforming … which I had thought before. She encouraged me and told me strenghtening practices. She already had done healing work for me recently, and she is a woman of my mum’s age and a friend of a friend of my support group. I have always wished for the friendship of wom(e)n and also maternal wom(e)n. Now my transformation process is making it possible … I had some challenging situations with my elder son, but all could be resolved with patience and humour … It is like many miracles occurring simultaneously! I am so grateful to all who are supporting me here and elsewhere! You are wonderful! Thank you! PS @ Mary: Thank you for your supportive post. I haven’t acquired anything by Belleruth Naparstek yet but am currently looking her up again! I have found an audio sample. Thanks! PPS @Diane Psalm 23 is also in the book my husband gave to me as a present! ๐ 6 Reply Share Aine1 week agoAineBeautiful. I am so glad for your miracles. Hugs of healing, joy, and peace to you, dear Ursula. Healing touch from a loved one is such good medicine for the heart and the soul, not to mention the body. The process of healing is indeed a process of transformation. We do not emerge the same as we went in…like butterflies. 0 Reply Share Mary1 week agoMaryUrsula, the beautiful gift and time you spent with your husband in prayer is so amazing, the love so pure. You so deserve this. Sending you love, light, and healing, Mary 0 Reply Share Ursula1 week agoUrsulaThank you so much, dear Mary, for your beautiful words! I did listen to a short audio by Belleruth Naparstek, and it felt good and healing. Buying the audios in my country is quite expensive, but maybe I can manage to make a free 1-month-download to try … My husband will do it for me if I ask him, because he has an Amazon account, I don’t. Thank you so much for your wishes and Blessings ๐ Ursula 0 Reply Share Diane1 week agoDianeDearest Ursula…your post warmed my heart and filled me with gratitude for the beautiful gifts that were given to you. I am so intrigued by the book your husband gave you…I love the idea of trees praying for us! I certainly do pray for them as I am a lover of trees. I think that the loveliest of gifts was the time spent with your husband….him placing his hands on you in loving prayers for healing. An incredibly beautiful gesture Ursula and I imagine that it filled you with so much joy. And I’m so aware of the value of friendship with spiritual women….this is why I treasure our little online community so much. Ursula….I am so happy for all of your blessings this Holy season and I will continue to hold you close in my thoughts and prayers. ~Blessings 0 Reply Share Ursula1 week agoUrsulanamaste ๐ and many thanks, dear Diane! Ursula 0 Reply Share Mary2 weeks agoMaryUrsula, I used Bellaruth Naparsteks General Wellness tape regularly when I had cancer as well as when I had cancer treatments. I liked it a lot. I have since purchased one or two more of her tapes, but I found that all you need is one tape because her tapes all use the same format and are very similar. Much love to you Ursula, Mary 0 Reply Share Pilgrim2 weeks agoPilgrimThese are beautiful tributes to you as a person, a woman who is loved and cherished in ways now openly expressed. “Ask and it shall be given; seek and you shall find.” May this circle of loving kindness continue to embrace you, dear Ursula. 1 Reply Share Ursula2 weeks agoUrsulaMay this circle of loving kindness embrace you, too, dear Pilgrim! A big hug and blessings! Ursula And thank you for one of my favourite Bible quotations! 0 Reply Share Anna2 weeks agoAnnaDear Ursula, I feel comforted reading your last post. Keep on. I am grateful that you have these possibilities, for your healing. It is a wonderful thing to read about your husband’s love, Ursula, it moves me to tear. He is a gift. Where is the beautiful lake in your new icon? I’m asking that because I travelled Austria and saw a lake near Salzburg, and also a lake in Karnten (I can’t put the double points onto the letter “a”, using IPad…, I want to say Carinzia)….wonderful places Ursula! 0 Reply Share Ursula2 weeks agoUrsulaDear Anna, you are right, I am blessed with these possibilities, and there are people who give them as free gifts to me (or in some cases I pay but not much, especially for the spiritual advice and healing techniques). The greatest gifts in life are almost always free gifts, and as an acknowledgement, I can give something back to the person or to someone else. That’s how life works: we get something when we are in need, and we pass something on to someone else, or we share when we have abundance. As I said recently here in this gratitude lounge, taking and giving is always mutual! You are right, my husband IS a gift, and I didn’t always recognize that. I think we are growing together, especially at present. We were quite young when we met, we both come from traumatized families (his parents were WW II generation and his mother a refugee from Bohemia, and my parents born towards or immediately after the war in difficult circumstances, with multiple trauma, too. I think I am here to release some of those, that’ s how I understand our family story, and not only since yesterday, but I understood that when I was a small girl.) Well, we are growing together, very much. We have both been through so much, especially in the past years, each fighting for himself, and we weren’t really able to be a big support for each other. I hope now we are on our way to change things in a positive sense, for our own sake and that of our children. The lake you are referring to is Traunsee (I had to ask my husband because I didn’t remember). It is situated in the Lake District, in Upper Austria, but the Lake District belongs in part to Salzburg and to Styria, too, My very favourite lake near Salzburg and in the Lake District is Wolfgangsee, where Brother David lives currently in a monastery when he is not travelling abroad or in the USA. You are right, these are wonderful places, and Carinthia (Kรคrnten) too, where I always passed my summer Holiday with my parents on Ossiacher See. Benedizioni di Pascua, ed un grande abbraccio, cara! 1 Reply Share Aine1 week agoAineUrsula, my father was born in Tscheb (now Celarevo) in 1941. That was in what used to be Yugoslavia, now Serbia. He is Donauschwaben. They were refugees, too, landing in Bavaria and eventually coming to America. Our family carries the scars of that trauma, too, generations down. War and the forced evacuation and loss of everything one called Home is a soul wound that requires much healing, deep healing. What was lost can never be returned, so part of the healing involves learning to go on from where we are to build a new, good, healthy life for ourselves and those we love. Sadly, those of us in the generation or two following often bear the brunt of the unhealed wounds. It is a challenging and deep honor to be called to heal them, but wow, what a ride. I am glad that you are both on this healing journey together. My husband, too, joins me on this path. I am profoundly grateful. The load is always lighter when shared. Peace, love, and light to you, Liebe Ursula! 0 Reply Share Cintia2 weeks agoCintiaGiving thanks for new day coming and a new opportunity to forgive myself and others. I failed with a person (and my family) because I couldn’t find a way to help. The alcoholism is a situation that I realy feel unable to understand. I try, but in most part of the time I do the wrong thing. Sounds impossible to help and sometimes I ask myself if the person would like to be helped. I would like to learn about to respect his decisions. In this situation I realized my selfishness, and it did hurt my heart and my consciousness. Guilty. But, guilty for what? On the other hand, I believe the journey, in the life, is to learn, in every moment with all events and with all people. So, yesterday I dedicated a time praticing a deep reflection in order to accept this situation. I said a pray during the night. Heart to heart with God. Today I feel better and I’m grateful for. 3 Reply Share Aine1 week agoAineOh, Cintia, the deep desire to heal in another person what they must wish to heal for themselves is a painful thing. There is no good way to get that answer “right,” and so we tend to feel guilty for no reason. Sometimes, we want better for another than they want for themselves. I second the suggestions from Ursula and Mary, both Richard Rohr and the information from AlAnon might be very helpful for you. Rest assured, you are not the first to walk this path with a loved one. Help is available from those who have walked it, too! Many blessings to you! 1 Reply Share Cintia1 week agoCintiaThank you Aine for your nice feelings! Thank you ๐ Many blessings to you 0 Reply Share Ursula1 week agoUrsulaCintia, have you ever heard of Richard Rohr? He is a spiritual guide and former priest. He has written many books and started transposing a 12 step program for Alcoholics Anonymous into a spiritual practice for all people and all sorts of addictions an difficulties. I found only two books in portuguese by him and donโt know if they are about the 12 step program (one is called โA libertaรงao do Egoโ). But to start you could have a look at a YouTube clip โRichard Rohr Breathing under Water. Spirituality and the 12 steps.” I have just found it and he introduces in min. 11-12 with talking about how he met with Al Anon people โฆ probably, you can take something from it. Good luck! 1 Reply Share Cintia1 week agoCintiaHi sweet Ursula! No, I haven’t heard about this author until now. I searched and I found the book!! Thank you! Fraternal hug 0 Reply Share Ursula1 week agoUrsulaWishing you the best, Cintia! You are a strong person, and don’t forget to be good and loving to yourself! So you can also be more loving with others despite difficulty! I am learning that changing my own attitude and love for myself is already making some changes in those around me. Paciรฉncia! Blessings dear Cintia e um grande abraรงo (is that correct?), Ursula I understand Brasilian Portuguese a little bit because many years ago, there were masses in both Spanish and Portuguese in a Latin American Community in which I participated … but I might sometimes mix up with Spanish which I really have learned ๐ 0 Reply Share Mary2 weeks agoMaryHi Cintia. Alcoholism is a serious disease. This is not something you can fix for another person. You may have heard of the organization Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). This group is for Alcoholics. Alanon is the organization for the families and friends of Alcoholics. Do not feel guilty for not being able to fix this in another person. Look up Alanon if you want to know more. Google it and you will find much info. Much love to you Cintia! Mary 1 Reply Share Cintia1 week agoCintiaHello Mary!! Thanks for your nice feelings! My fraternal hug, tks ๐ 0 Reply Share Anna2 weeks agoAnnaSweet Cintia, don’t feel guilty! I think that yours is one of the hardest challenges, but you have no fault, I am sure Cintia. You are like your flowers. 1 Reply Share Cintia2 weeks agoCintiaThank you dear Anna!! Happy Easter! With fraternal love ๐ 1 Reply Share Ursula2 weeks agoUrsulaHi Cintia, Feliz Pรกscoa! Happy Easter, and I am glad to read from you again! I understand your difficult situation the other day, I know very well to feel guilty because you think you have failed in a specific and difficult situation. But I am learning to heal and I have learnt that the only thing guilt does is harm ourselves! Just today I met with a wise woman who told me to say, each time a difficult situation with another person or with myself (also pain, be it physical or spiritual) is surging: “I am sorry. I forgive you. I love you. Thank you that you have shown me that.” Remain centered an breathe, always remembering that your breath goes in the vertical way, between heaven and earth! She told me this is essential, because this way you only breathe divine energy. Look at the difficult issues, don’t push them back but look at them and then let go! I feel you are a very brave and wise woman, Cintia, and I am sure you are on your good path! Blessings, Ursula 1 Reply Share Aine1 week agoAineWow, that is so profound and challenging. It puts me in mind of The Four Things That Matter Most, a book I read a couple years ago. I struggle with this with those who have hurt me the most deeply. I do not wish them evil, but I cannot be around them anymore without hurt to myself. I can grow, though, to say them in my heart. Forgiveness is a process, sometimes a lifelong path. 1 Reply Share Cintia2 weeks agoCintiaHello dear Ursula! Happy Easter! Thank you. Thank you so much for your very nice words. I’m felt embracing for you ๐ Blessings and my best wishes 0 Reply Share Ben2 weeks agoBenHi gratefulness community, itโs been awhile since Iโve been on here โ Iโve been realizing that the inauguration and all the divisive, oppressive and environmentally disastrous changes in the government kind of sent me into crisis mode, and Iโve had a hard time coming back to my center in basic loving care for myself since then. Showing up here again feels like a part of centering again โ reading these posts help me remember what a gift everything is, and how this awareness is the center of a healthy relationship with myself and everything happening on the planet thatโs so direly in need of healing. So, back to basic baby steps in gratefulness for me. The blue sky. The sunlight. Seeing colors at all. Tasting these veggies Iโm eating right now โ carrots, broccoli, cauliflower. And sardines! A card from a friend next to my kitchen table, with kind appreciations written in it, given freely for no particular occasion or reason. How my head can move around on my neck, all the intricate muscles that make this possible. Little leaves unfolding from branches here in New England. Itโs amazing how just writing this now, I feel something open in my awareness, a relaxation of seeking so much and a sort of basking in the extraordinarily-ordinary sunshine of beingness. To see how simple this opening can be is surprising after all this time not practicing gratitude as much (except in lists at night to myself). I believe sharing it somehow deepens the experience. Maybe itโs remembering that we are all gifted with life for a precious moment, and that this shared reality is so much stronger than what divides us. Thank you to anyone for reading my long post, and accepting me back after a long hiatus. Blessings! 2 Reply Share Antoinette1 week agoAntoinetteHi Ben, Welcome back! Happy spring. Peace to heart and open mind. 0 Reply Share Ursula2 weeks agoUrsulaDear Ben, so good to read from you again! I am glad that you emerged back after a long silence and I understand you were in shock … but it is good that you are back in life, with all of us! And that you cherish the Beauty in life again! Welcome back and Happy Easter! – Ursula 0 Reply Share Diane2 weeks agoDianeHello Ben…so good to “see” you again! You have been missed….but I totally understand how recent events may have thrown you off center. I was thinking that the world needs gratefulness…and people who are in touch with their blessings and the gifts they have to offer…now more than ever! I can tell you honestly that your reflections have always helped me to stay in touch with all that is rich and beautiful in my life….so thank you for that. ๐ I am reminded of one of my favorite quotes…it’s from Mother Teresa…one of the truly extraordinary humans to grace this world, in my opinion. She said: “Not all of us can do great things. But we can all do small things with great love. So encouraging in these times when we may feel so powerless and overwhelmed. Have a blessed day Ben! 0 Reply Share Ben2 weeks agoBenWhat a beautiful quote!!! Thank you for sharing that, and your appreciations, that really means a lot to hear. So good to remember the power of the small things we can all do with great love, and how they touch us. Blessed day to you Diane! 0 Reply Share Anna2 weeks agoAnnaDear Ben, it is so good to see your icon and to read your post! As always, a deep post, by a gentle soul! I am glad to see you Ben, I worried for you, like Mary! Welcome again. 0 Reply Share Ben2 weeks agoBenThank you so much Anna, it’s moving to hear you were concerned for me, though I regret causing any worry. Thanks for reading my post too, and welcoming me back. ๐ 1 Reply Share Mary2 weeks agoMaryBen! So good to see you back! I was concerned that you were sick or that something was wrong. I do worry. I always found your sharings to be inspirational. So very good to hear from you! Much love to you, Mary 0 Reply Share Ben2 weeks agoBenThank you so much Mary. I’m sorry to cause any concern, and touched to hear you were thinking of me. It’s good to be sharing inspirations, as you’ve done for me as well. <3 Ben 0 Reply Share Pilgrim2 weeks agoPilgrimWelcome back, Ben. We are very glad for your return and your posting of gratitude for all of us to share. Blessings to you! 1 Reply Share Ben2 weeks agoBenThank you Pilgrim, it’s good to be here and I really appreciate your warm welcome. Blessings to you! 0 Reply Share Ana2 weeks agoAnaHappy Easter everyone! May all of us find light and love in the midst of darkness and suffering; compassion and forgiveness in the midst of indifference and cynicism. 1 Reply Share Diane2 weeks agoDianeAna…what a beautiful list of blessings. Light, love compassion and forgiveness…may we all be graced with these. Thank you! Happy Easter! 0 Reply Share Pilgrim2 weeks agoPilgrimThank you, Ana. Happy Easter to you, as well. 0 Reply Share Ursula2 weeks agoUrsulaThank you, Ana! I love your icon, the colours are just beautiful and it is so harmonious! โ 1 Reply Share Anna2 weeks agoAnnaThank you dear Ana! I appreciate your wishes, you are so kind! Compassion and forgiveness, our common wishes for this world. 2 Reply Share Ursula2 weeks agoUrsulaToday and last night I was and am full of questions: Shall I go on fighting, as some suggest, although my life has been full of struggles? Shall I stop the struggles – but does that mean to give up and then the cancer can defeat me? I have somewhat lost the ground under my feet and it is the first time in all the years of my illness that I do not know how I can go on, or if it’ s too late? It’s a long time ago that I felt as helpless as now … 0 Reply Share Diane2 weeks agoDianeDearest Ursula….I so wish that I could ease this suffering in some small way for you. Perhaps just reminding you that you do not walk through this dark valley alone will be of some help. Remember the 23rd Psalm Ursula and pray it even when you may not totally feel it. God is walking beside you…do not fear. And for the times when you lose the ground under your feet, He is there to carry you. And this whole gratefulness community is with you in our prayers, in our hearts, and with our tears. I pray you will be filled with loving-kindness…towards yourself because you are a beautiful and precious soul. I pray you will be well…in your body, mind and spirit. I pray you will be peaceful and at ease…knowing that you are loved unconditionally and eternally. Ursula…I want to share this with you. It is something that I read when I was in a dark place and had so many questions, doubts and fears, as you do now. For some reason it touched me deeply. It is by a Rainer Maria Wilke, an Austrian poet. He wrote: “Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.โ Be at peace my dear friend…we are walking this journey with you. ~Abundant blessings upon you this Holy season. 0 Reply Share Anna2 weeks agoAnnaUrsula, it is 15.38 here, and also where you live, I’m going to the church for a prayer and I will hold you in my heart, I will be there with you, in that deep silence of this special Saturday, before the Holy little Sepulcher of my church. I feel we are here on Gratitude Lounge at the same time, dear friend. 0 Reply Share Ursula2 weeks agoUrsulaThank you so much for your prayer, Anna ๐! I am going to the Church in the evening at 19.30, to what is called Resurrection Service. We always have a washing with water, as a renewal of our baptism. My wish and prayer is that God will wash my sins and hopelessness and despair and all illnesses away and fill me with his Holy Light instead. It is also an anniversary tonight as my younger son was baptized aged 7,5 at this same Church, in this same Easters Night. May light fill all souls and relief being brought to all oppressed and desperate beings! ๐ โจ 1 Reply Share Anna2 weeks agoAnnaDear Ursula, I feel a deep emptiness in my heart, before your pain now. Ana and Pilgrim words are moving me to tears. May these words soothe your sorrow, take them like a balm for all the wounds that you are holding now. May the light smoothly get into your courageous soul, day by day, even when you are not aware of that. May you find places where you can rest, laugh, sing, hope. May you feel comforted, try to figure that, like other people here, I am sitting beside you, my hands holding yours. Anna 0 Reply Share Ursula2 weeks agoUrsulaMille grazie, Anna! Namaste๐ ! Ursula 1 Reply Share Ana2 weeks agoAnaDear Ursula, I journey with you as you grapple with your questions. I embrace you as you are feeling helpless. I sit beside you and pray that you find comfort, consolation and healing. Ana 0 Reply Share Ursula2 weeks agoUrsulaDear Ana, I am deeply grateful for your support and comfort! Thank you so much for your loving kindness! Ursula ๐ Happy Easter!