Good morning lovely people. In the Christian faith tradition, today is the feast of Julian of Norwich. So, in her spirit, I wanted to remind you all of her words…they are timeless:
“But all shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well.’
~Have a peace-filled day everyone and I will try and do the same.
Good morning lovely people. I have had a challenging week emotionally. But I am still mindful of my many blessings and the grace that is showered upon me each day.
I am grateful for the sunshine today. Good morning Brother Sun!
I am grateful for the birds that show up at our feeders all day, every day, no matter the weather. When I come downstairs to get my morning coffee…I look out the windows in my sun room and they are there to greet me! So many different birds of every size, shape and color since we moved out of the suburbs and into farmland. Good morning birds…thank you for visiting me every day!
I am thankful for technology…even though most times I push back against it. Every day I can hear my daughters voices since we all downloaded “WhatsApp”. It really is science fiction that my youngest daughter is in Spain and yet I can wake each morning and hear her voice in a message she left me. And my oldest daughter does the same each evening on her way home from work. This is a miracle in my life as talking on the phone just exacerbates my tinnitus. Now I can “chat” back and forth with them every day no matter how this affliction is presenting itself.
I am choosing to be thankful for dentists! I have an appointment this morning and although, to be honest, I’m not looking forward to it…I am thankful that people actually chose to do this for a living so that I can keep my teeth healthy and strong. The older I get the more I realize how important that is! And while I’m at it let me give thanks to my mother who, despite the fact that we never seemed to have enough money growing up, she still managed to faithfully get my brother and I to the dentist regularly so that I can have this luxury of a healthy mouthful of teeth!
I am thankful for the dairy farm down the road from me! I have a love affair with cows…they never fail to make me smile. I greet them each day….Good morning cows! Thanks for being cows!
I am grateful that our lovelable old mutt Wesley seems to be sleeping better the last couple of nights…which means that I sleep better too! It’s challenging to get a good sleep with fibromyalgia and I am always grateful when that happens! Thanks Wesley!
I am grateful for all of you and that I was led to this community. It is the one that God has chosen for me right now and it is a safe place to be. I’ve been in search of a community where I feel that I belong for a long time, and with disastrous results at times. God is teaching me some sacred life lessons since moving out to rural NJ. In my solitude I am learning to wait, let go, and be still and trust. And I am learning so much about myself and how my ego often gets in the way of me being totally at peace with who I am and my desire to live an authentic life. I have had a lifelong need for approval from others to feel good about myself….I am seriously sick of living that way! So I am thankful for the painful but necessary lessons.
I feel compelled to keep on writing but will stop now….the dentist is waiting for me! 🙂 I will sit in that chair and give thanks!
~Have a blessed day everyone!
Chad…so glad to hear this news and may I say that you remind me of me! I often get myself in a knot over things that turn out to be nothing…and like you, I believe it is God working to exercising my faith muscles! And boy do my thoughts “run rampant”!! Totally can relate to that.
Your sharing has reminded me that we are all “wounded healers” here in this space. By sharing so openly and authentically we help to heal not only ourselves but others as well. For me personally it is healing because I am always tempted to think and believe that I’m the only one who struggles with…..whatever! It helps me feel less alone and more connected when I see that “Oh, I’m not the only one!” It is a relief that often brings me to tears.
Thanks for sharing Chad and for being a “wounded healer”
Aine….I love, love, love your “reminder card”! I am going to shamelessly copy your idea…and your list! We are like-minded souls for sure Aine!
And I am truly grateful for your friendship cara Anna! And like you……I am learning so much more here in this beautiful community than I ever have before. This site, and all the people on it, are a priceless gift to me in my life….especially at this stage of my journey.
By the way Anna….I love to read!!! I love having an actual book in my hands (no technology!), turning the pages and being totally absorbed in the story…it’s one of my “happys”!! 🙂
~Blessings dear Anna
Good morning Gary and welcome to this sacred community! Thank you for sharing….I think that everyone here can relate. I too, have been engaged in a lifelong search for peace. I am learning, in large part because of this community, how to live gratefully each day despite any “outside” circumstances. I’ve come to believe that living a truly grateful life is the key to the peace I have been searching for.
There is so much wisdom, compassion and grace to be found here. So glad you are here with us!
Good morning dear Ursula. I hope you are well today? I haven’t visited here in the last day or two and I’m so grateful that when I did this morning…there were all my lovely friends waiting for me! I’m reminded once again of the sacredness of this community and how precious it is to me in my life.
I have been an amateur “birder” for years and, to my delight, when we moved recently to a farmhouse in the rural part of the state, I had many more new and different types of birds coming to our feeders! We get woodpeckers every day here! I love seeing them eating the suet when I come downstairs for my morning coffee 🙂
~Have a beautiful day my friend!
Aine….so happy to hear this news as I read over the posts from the last day or two. I finally am able to spend time here this morning after a couple of challenging days…your good news makes me smile..inside and out! Please let us know how the meeting goes today and yes….prayers and good vibes still coming at you!
Pilgrim….I think we are getting your Midwest sunshine here today on the East Coast! After days of rain and overcast skies! Weather patterns are so interesting, arent they? When my daughter was going to college in Kentucky, I knew that whatever weather she was having would arrive here in NJ in a day or two.
I hope that there is still some sunshine left where you are Pilgrim!
And, by the way, I am grateful every morning for the birds that visit our feeders ….trees, and birds, and cows…they are my “happys”.
Good morning Chad…I’m with Aine. Give yourself permission to be a bit worried. The thing that is so wonderful and inspiring is that, in the midst of your worry, you are choosing to believe that things will work out the way they are supposed to. You are trying to exercise your faith. And you are reaching out to others for prayer and encouragement and support instead of giving in to the understandable temptation to worry.
You’ve given my spirit much-needed courage this morning by your sharing………please let us all know how things turn out.
Good morning Aine. Yes, I did see it……wow! I wonder if it was written just for me?
I wish my brain had an on/off switch. I “think” myself into such a state sometimes………the polar opposite of “free”!! Guilt, shame, regrets, self-loathing…..well you get the idea. But, honestly I feel like my heart has been cracked open many many times. I’m going to choose to believe that this is necessary on our journeys….we must “die” to our small, false self over and over again. The “peeling away of the layers” as you put it recently. As a matter of fact, what you said in that reply to me is eerily similar to today Word For The Day…. Let me remind me of your words Aine!
“I do believe, though, that each of us going through this sort of thing is engaged in a process of peeling away the layers of what needs to be lifted in order for our hearts to find freedom”.
Thank you for sharing your wisdom and grace with me Aine. I am paying attention to all the ways that God speaks to me.
Juan…your post is so joyful and wise and exactly what I needed to read this morning! I love your positive attitude and your insights. I especially love that you encourage us to just be who we are. All we need is between our ears….that made me smile because it is so true in my life. My thoughts are my own worst enemies sometimes…but your approach to acknowledge them and let them be and then let them go and to not be frustrated or upset by them…..is like a soothing balm for my soul. God is so not finished with me yet!
Have a blessed day Juan!
I wasn’t here yesterday but am reading these posts regarding those we have not
heard from in awhile. I add my thoughts and prayers for all of our “old” friends who are missed here in this sacred space. And I’m reminded once again of the miracle of this community… and I am so grateful to be a part of it….it is truly a gift.
Have a blessed day everyone…and to those who may be reading this whose voices we have not heard in awhile…know that you are loved and missed.
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!
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