Good morning lovely people…..the sun is shining here today on the east coast U.S and I am grateful. What is it about the sun? When I stand outside soaking in the warm rays of the sun I feel as if my body and spirit are being bathed in love and healing. I think those are the words I’m looking for? Not sure quite how to articulate this but nonetheless….good morning Brother Sun and thank you!
Speaking of healing….I am grateful for the therapeutic massage that I had yesterday. These massages are so good for my fibromyalgia, as well as my anxiety.
I am grateful for the little part-time job that was gifted to me so that I can get these massages on occasion. My teacher’s pension (Mary you can relate to this!) is too meager to support this therapy and insurance doesn’t cover it (Let’s not even go there! haha). So thank you God for dropping this job in my lap. And it has the added bonus of being a work-from-my-little-farmhouse job! This is my happy place and when I take breaks I can watch the plethora of birds at our feeders, or take a short walk to visit with the cows or the horses (depending on which path I take).
I choose to be thankful for the emotions that are welling up inside me this morning and I will take some time today to try and identify them..and then honor and embrace them…and let them be what they are. The reflection from my “guru” Henri Nouwen yesterday inspired and encouraged me in this practice and I like to share this gift with all of you. ~With much love.
“We all must hold the cups of our lives. As we grow older and become more fully aware of the many sorrows of life – personal failures, family conflicts, disappointments in work and social life, and the many pains surrounding us on the national and international scene – everything within and around us conspires to make us ignore, avoid, suppress, or simply deny these sorrows. “Look at the sunny side of life and make the best of it,” we say to ourselves and hear others say to us. But when we want to drink the cups of our lives, we need first to hold them, to fully acknowledge what we are living, trusting that by not avoiding but befriending our sorrows we will discover the true joy we are looking for right in the midst of our sorrows.”
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!
And right back at ya Aine! Has your husband started his new job yet?
~Have a sunshiny day 🙂
Thank you so much Chad…how thoughtful of you! And your icon always makes me smile 🙂
Hurray!! So happy to hear this news Aine 🙂
I hope that you have special plans to celebrate….and know that we are celebrating right along with you!
Welcome TallulahSpirit…and what a lovely name 🙂
I love the candles too….I light them often and for many reasons. Sometimes simply to give thanks but also with special intentions for loved ones.
This sacred community has been a very special gift in my life and I’m sure it will be in yours as well. We are happy you are here!
Ursula…I have a copy of this canticle in my sunroom and often pray it in the morning as I look out over the farmland and the birds at our feeders. St. Francis is very dear to me.
I pray almost daily his “Lord, make me an instrument of your peace” prayer….it often brings me to tears it is so beautiful. My oldest daughter gave me a necklace that has part of the prayer on it…and I treasure it! (I think you will be taking a little piece of me with you on this pilgrimage…haha)
Ursula…I can picture you on this pilgrimage with these prayers on your heart and bringing you so much joy.
This is wonderful news dear Ursula. I am so very happy for you! Go with full assurance that this is what you are meant to be doing. You have your doctor’s approval and beautiful advice from the doctor leading this pilgrimage…letting go and trusting God. I have a pretty red stone that sits next to my computer keyboard…and on it in gold letters it says “Let Go and Let God”. This is not easy for worriers like us…but you have this community of friends who will be holding your body and your spirit up in prayer.
All will be well dear Ursula…God is with you and will bless you and surprise you with joy.
Abbondanti benedizioni mio amica
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.
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