My goal is to be a whole lot more like my dogs, able to live in the moment and just be grateful.
I’m grateful to be alive. I’m grateful for the love that surrounds me in my husband, good friends, and my animals. I’m grateful for the helpers to come fill in the gaps in yard work or projects. I’m grateful that what we need comes when we are ready to receive it. Enough is always available.
My resistance. And apparently the only way to shift it is to listen with attention to it and allow it to express what is really going on.
And a little bit of The Breastplate of St. Patrick
I bind unto myself today
The virtues of the starlit heaven,
The glorious sun’s life-giving ray,
The whiteness of the moon at even,
The flashing of the lightning free,
The whirling wind’s tempestuous shocks,
The stable earth, the deep salt sea,
Around the old eternal rocks.
I bind unto myself today
The power of God to hold and lead,
His eye to watch, His might to stay,
His ear to hearken to my need.
The wisdom of my God to teach,
His hand to guide, His shield to ward,
The word of God to give me speech,
His heavenly host to be my guard.
(There’s a bit more of it at http://www.prayerfoundation.org/st_patricks_breastplate_prayer.htm , but I thought this bit was just beautiful as a visual!)
Right now, I am grateful for pieces starting to fall into place, needs being met as they arise.
As you all know, I love my dogs. Well, my fifteen and a half year old Springer was really doing poorly from the end of last week on with an array of symptoms that scared us both. I had already begun looking for a veterinary acupuncturist for her, as what the conventional vet had offered did not help her. I was having no success, and feeling a bit scared I was going to lose her. Then the right person popped up at the right time, just the perfect answer.
We took our Lily to her last night, fearing the worst, but left relieved and hopeful, with a dog who was already improving.
Then, too, we have many painting projects to be done, and my husband has zero time to get them done on top of everything else. Even if I were twenty years younger and well, this would be a huge task for me! I was feeling very overwhelmed by this.
Again, I sent out feelers in a number of spots and had an answer come back when needed. It looks good for the first room getting done this weekend!
So I am grateful that what I need is being supplied when I need it!
I found this site because everywhere I turned, the answer to helping my life improve was the same: practicing gratitude. Regardless of the spiritual path, that was the common denominator.
In answer to your questions, for me, I think it was some of all of that, a composite of reasons that all came down to the same thing. (I’d say the friend who referred me was probably God, actually, since no one I know had ever heard of this site!) I had never had a lot of trouble being grateful or stopping to smell the roses, so to speak, but I had never thought of it as a discipline that could change my life if practiced faithfully.
During a time of suffering, suddenly that message was just about everywhere!
Well, when the same message comes up that often, from that many different places, and that decidedly, it is always a message from God/the Universe to me. So, I think I did something brilliant like googling “How to practice gratefulness,” and up popped this wonderful site. 😀
My husband does not come in here, but he is very much desirous of increasing his own peace and gratitude. He is an engineer (computer systems), and his whole career has been centered around his talent for being about to troubleshoot. That, naturally, means looking for what is wrong so it can be fixed. However, he likes how he feels when he is in the moment, peaceful, and grateful, so he is working on it, too, in his own way.
I posted this a couple months ago, I think before you joined us. I loved this, and I think you might enjoy this TEDTalk. The presenter has some wonderful practices that help us cultivate gratefulness for those in our lives. 😀 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZIGekgoaz4
Wow, Gina. I will pray for your friend, and for you.
There isn’t much that says “enough” than watching a much loved pet asleep in a sunbeam. They give themselves over so completely to their moment, in peace and safety, no worries, no thinking about what they “need” to do when they awaken. For them, there is only the acceptance of being surrounded by love, care, and a world of goodness. I think I could learn a lot from my dogs and cat! 😀
Greetings and Welcome, BKC! It is a great group here, very caring and with so much to offer one another as we travel our individual journeys, yet never alone. Welcome!
It is always encouraging to read your posts, Diane. 😀
Maybe start playing with that macro lens to capture what is in the moment — at the height you can currently reach comfortably. So…instead of forest floor full of flowers, maybe we get to see a really artistic shot of a doorknob or what lies out the join of two window panes. 😀
Some times we want better for those we love than they want for themselves. I, too, have people in that category for me. It is very hard to let go, but it really is only letting go of what is not ours anyway. So, we release with love, and work on us. Blessings and hugs to you, Mary. You are not alone.
Oh, dear, I know that I-feel-quasi-human-so-let’s-do-everything-at-once syndrome. I hope you are recovered well by now and happily enjoying reunion with your daughter.
I hope you have a wonderful time with your friends at the gathering and that they are properly thrilled with your beautiful grounds. 😀
Very good words, Anna. 🙂
Perhaps what it really boils down to is that those who taught us a pathway that causes pain probably taught us what they were taught, doing the best they could do with what they were given, even if it was not enough — for them or for us.
When we look back at family patterns through an aerial view, so to speak, it sometimes becomes easier to see why things went the way they did. Some years ago, my Tante told me that my Oma was the daughter of an alcoholic who abruptly left her and her mother in Yugoslavia around 1914, taking her older brother to America and never being heard from (or apparently missed) ever again. She married a man, my Opa, who was not an alcoholic but who was angry and depressed for much of his life, having survived two world wars and a forced emigration to Bavaria and then to America. While it does not excuse people from their choices and actions, it explained a lot.
That is a very apt name for them. I find that practicing them does help focus the mind and calm the spirit.
I know! My dogs would be too busy checking out if there was anything edible left on the plates to pose. One of them snagged an empty cat food can to lick out the other day, and by the time we found this, it had a puncture in one side and the label was missing. 😛
Excellent! I wish you freedom from pain so you can enjoy all you love!
Beautiful! I especially love the one where he is looking out over the valley, no doubt thinking deep thoughts! Having you go on this pilgrimage has been so exciting for all of us in here following your experiences. I hope you will share highlights with us when you are ready. 😀
What a wonderful story of resilience and redemption. Lovely! I do love a happy ending! 😀
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