Dearest Ursula….how can I thank you enough for this wonderful meditation by Louise Hay. I just finished listening to it and the tears have not yet dried from my face….this was obviously something I needed to hear! Her words reminded me of Psalm 139…..”I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made”.
I have always believed that on some level the negative and self-critical thoughts that clamor around inside my head are contributing to the challenges that I have with my chronic health issues. Thank you so much Ursula for sharing this wonderfully affirming meditation. I hope that it will continue to help and heal you on your own healing journey. I imagine it being wonderfully affirming for you with both your health and your family relationships.
Remember always how worthy you are of being loved simply because you exist.
Hi Ursula…I haven’t yet but will be home all day tomorrow and plan on listening to it as part of my morning meditation and devotion time. I am really looking forward to it! I will write you back after.
Ursula…I was so happy to see the good news of your x-ray! And, having raised two daughters…let me share something my own mother used to say to me often. I sometimes forget it but have learned that it is so true.
The saying is: “This too shall pass”. And it will pass Ursula…Just be sure during these challenging times to be kind to yourself and take good care…
Pilgrim…It is an honor for me to be here for you in some small way. And your words have so often encouraged my heart and spirit. When I am here in this sacred community I feel less alone with my afflictions and my foibles. The love and encouragement and sharing that you and others have extended to me has healed me in many ways…..my afflictions are still with me but you said it best….the grace found here is invaluable. I love and appreciate your authenticity Pilgrim. I believe that everyone here is a “wounded healer”….a term that I have adopted from my guru Henri Nouwen.
I am 62 years old and sometimes I am tempted to believe that I will never be able to change and become the woman that I believe I was created to be…It feels as if I have been on this journey forever! But this community gives me hope…and you have been a “wounded healer” for me many many times Pilgrim. Thank you for sharing yourself, your struggles, your wisdom, your gratitude, your heart, with me and everyone else here.
Aine…I love Qigong! I am so happy that I discovered it when I retired from teaching and we moved out to the country. I have been going to a wonderful class with a lovely group of women every Thursday morning…when I can make it (still working part-time). For years I tried multiple (and I do mean multiple!) times, places, instructors (including my own sister-in-law) in an effort to “like” Yoga. I even tried it again when we moved to our current location. I finally have accepted that Yoga just does not do it for me….and I am ok with that. I thought I was “supposed” to like it, wondering what was “wrong” with me that I just hated it!! (not too strong a word to describe my feelings about it)
Anyway…Qigong is perfect for the aches and pains in my muscles from fibromyalgia and I am so relieved to have found something that agrees with me and resonates with me emotionally. I am intrigued by the DVD because practicing it more regularly would be much better than my once a week (sporadic) class. Thank you so much for telling us about it here…I will for sure order it from Amazon as a mother’s day present to myself.
BTW…..so love your bench!!! How whimsical…I would imagine that it does make you smile whenever you see it. 🙂
Ursula…I just got home from work and am so tired but I decided to check in with my wonderful friends here. I was not surprised to find that you are sharing something healing and loving here with all of us. It is so like you to do that!
I am looking forward to watching it in the morning before I start my day. Thank you so much Ursula…I have heard of Louise Hay but never have listened to her meditations.
And I hope that you will love yourself enough to take the time to nurture your soul and spirit…you are certainly deserving!
~Much love and blessings
Alicia…I add my prayers to Mary’s and Pilgrim’s. Hoping that you are feeling all the love and light being sent your way.
Good morning Mavorneen…I think we all can relate to the ups and downs, twists and turns, and comings and goings of our gratefulness journeys! I myself have those days when gratitude is a “hard nut to crack”…love that visual! And I will echo what Pilgrim said about empty platitudes. I am slowly learning to accept wherever I might be at any particular time, emotionally and spiritually. It really is a journey and we are really all just beginners! (quoting Pilgrim again).
I have a quote on my mouse pad…it’s by Rumi, who never fails to touch me deeply.
“That which is false troubles the heart, but truth brings joyous tranquility”.
Perhaps we all need to honor our own truths with acceptance and equanimity…again, I am just a beginner!
Much love to you Mavorneen…love your bracelet!
Good morning (here in the US) Maritz! It sounds like you are having a wonderful time on your trip. And what a happy surprise that you have discovered you have an extra day for old friends, sunshine, and smiles! 🙂
~Blessings to you on your journeys!
Good morning cara Anna. I too have been just reading and responding to others lately. Just like you, I am nurtured by what others share and feel close to and so grateful for everyone in this sacred community. I like what you said about your “gratitude growing inside”. I think we have to honor wherever we may be on this gratitude journey…we are all in this together but yet in some sense we each travel our own unique and different journeys alone.
Thank you for helping me on my own gratefulness road cara Anna.
ps. I desire so much to visit Italy…the town where my beloved Nana was born. Bedonia in the Parma region. Your description of Milano makes that desire even deeper.
Aine! 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 feathers—
That perches in the soul—
And sings the tune without the words—
And never stops—at all—
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!
Pilgrim….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. 🙂
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.
Ursula…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.
Dearest 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.
Dearest 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.”
Be at peace my dear friend…we are walking this journey with you.
~Abundant blessings upon you this Holy season.
Ana…what a beautiful list of blessings. Light, love compassion and forgiveness…may we all be graced with these. Thank you!
Hello 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. 🙂
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!
Hello Maritz….we already have a special connection! I also moved recently (to a smaller home in a rural area) and have yet to find a group of kindred spirits here. But on this site I have found my new spiritual community too! I am very grateful to have been led here.
~Many blessings to you in your new home 🙂
Oh Ursula…please don’t apologize. We are here for each other no matter if it is the darkest hour of the night…or the dawn. I am so sorry for the news you received regarding your health…my heart is hurting for you. You are so very brave Ursula and, despite your challenges, you are always so willing to extend love and compassion and encouragement to this community. I am so very grateful for you and your example is truly an inspiration to me. I wish I could do something to take away your pain….I hope that you know that you are not alone. This community is with you…but more importantly God is with you Ursula. I know sometimes it doesn’t feel like it….I struggle myself with feelings of abandonment during times like these.
My spirit is encouraging me to share Psalm 23 with you…lately I have been reciting it while going on my walks. I often cry as I recite it because it moves me so deeply. Ursula..you may be walking through the valley right now but I pray that you will not fear. I pray you will find rest and refreshment as you lay down in green pastures and are led beside the still waters. I pray your soul will be restored. Ursula….goodness and mercy and love is following you all the days of your life.
I am praying for you and will light a candle for you to have peace in your heart.
~Blessings dear friend.
Thank you for your reply EME…….Kirtan sounds like a wondrous experience. And I have a love and appreciation for traditions and rituals that are part of many different faiths…..learning of them and participating when possible only enriches our lives and opens our hearts to the connection between all of “kindred spirits” as you said.
I have all my life been a seeker but lately the small still voice inside me has been telling me to wait. To sit in silence and solitude and trust that what I need will be brought to me. This is so unlike me and yet, I wonder if God has brought me to this new place in farm country for such a time as this.
For now, this sacred community, which was gifted to me, is enough.
Have a blessed day EME 🙂
Yes Anna…that is correct! I’ve had to remind myself that there is indeed “Glory in the grey” many times during the past couple of months…including today! But we had warm sunshine the last 3 days and for that I am grateful.
I too miss our “old friends” and hope they feel our love and blessings from afar. I think also of dear Charla….her posts never failed to make me smile 🙂 I hope she is well.
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