… and remember how as a child your arms could rise and your palms turn out to bless the world. (Tobar Phadraic, David Whyte)
I have every basic need met in my life – a good and secure living space, food to eat, clean water to drink (well, I filter it first), a good retirement income, a good health care team and insurance, family and friends who care about me. So a really hard day for me cannot compare to the hard days of those who struggle in more ways than I can count or imagine. This is always good to remember, and an important remembering that leads to action.
Ursula, thank you for the meditation links with Louise Hay. I did listen to these. The ones in which she speaks at a “normal pace” are more to my liking – for some reason I have little patience with the slowness of actual “meditation” audio. I did also find one called “affirmations and power thoughts” and one called “taking mental control” that seem to speak to where I find myself. So thank you so much for recommending her work. I have a pretty good team who works with me on the colitis, including a good nutritionist. I haven’t made it to target weight, but not because I’m not trying to gain. I believe I need more muscle for that. (I was down to scary weight about 4 years ago.) I have quite a way to go when it comes to finding my way forward mentally and in the area of joy. So that is what I hope to move toward. I am in the process of letting go of a lot of hopes and dreams and facing some realities about what I am physically, socially and financially able to do. So that is my story. I thank you and others for being here and providing support, inspiration, and reminders of the way forward. It is surely a process, and harder than I anticipated. But the grace I find in this gratefulness community has been vitally important. Thank you so much to you Ursula, and others who have been with me in this – Aine, Anna, Diane, Linda, Kevin, Maritz, and those whose names I have inadvertently neglected. I feel like I am praying the Litany of Saints when I write/speak your names. Namaste!
A lot of people. Lately, the people on this page and in the gratitude lounge in particular.
I don’t know that I measure my life, actually. And I’m not sure it would be of any use or benefit for me to pull this fabric apart, separating clock time from moments. Maybe this is the “retirement” in me. But I want to be aware of moments as they are unfolding, and yet I don’t want to lose the structure of clock and calendar. My Mom had Alzheimer’s, and eventually didn’t know day, time, month, etc. There was no structure at all. This is not my desire. Truth be told, it is more my fear than anything.
Truth, trust, and reverence for life as the path opens along the way.
Happy Earth Day, everyone! I am overflowing with gratitude for this wondrous planet we have been given as our primary home. Out of all the structural homes in which I have lived, it is outdoors on/in this planetary home where I have found the most support and grace. She has been my primary teacher all of my days. I am grateful to share Earth with all of you, with all of the creatures and landscapes, weather and seasons, as our common, primordial home. Namaste!
Trees, spring bulbs coming into bloom, children at play when they don’t know anyone is watching, puppies, the first strawberries of summer.
Aine, I haven’t read this book, so I looked it up. It does have a daunting page count, but my library has a couple of copies currently on loan. I will keep checking for their return. Thank you! Music and nature may be even more healing for me than anything else, so I try to remember that always.
Diane, Henri Nouwen has written with great generosity and wisdom, speaking his truth and vulnerability in ways that have been meaningful to so many. I read most of his books and did a teaching session on him a few years back. The preparation and sharing turned out to be such a gift for me. Wounded healer is a phrase that surely describes Henri and so many of us, I imagine. Thank you for the reminder!
Thank you so much for offering this here, to me and to others, Ursula. I will spend some time with it. These are tough days.
Joining the circle of prayer for you and your husband, Alicia. Know we are here.
Many thanks, Ursula. That is one of my favorite scripture passages, resonating so much truth. Healing cannot be rushed, it seems, and may be deepest and truest, perhaps, when we move through bravely and openly, experiencing it all to its depths. This is what I think I am learning from all of you, and from this living and paying attention to everything that is happening – such as feeling the emotions and the pain, and noticing the bright spots along the path. Be well, Ursula.
Welcome back, Mavorneen! We are happy to hear from you. Love the bracelet! Gratitude can be pretty difficult for me, too. I don’t want it to be an empty platitude I can come up with without much thought, but a genuine expression. I am only a beginner. So no pressure!
Thank you, Mary!
Aine, thank you! You describe this beautifully, this flow that is going on with me and for which I could not find the words. I am going to copy this down. I have never thought about or tried acupuncture – a little freaked out by needles – but I am becoming far more open to alternative/ancient healings. Not much of that where I live, but I did a search and see practitioners within 45 minutes, which is a very doable drive. I am going to think about this. Or maybe not so much think as open myself. But I am grateful that the flow has begun, as it has been bottled up so long that I have barely known who I am now. I am very grateful. Namaste.
Sending prayers and positive energy your way from Michigan, Aine. Gorgeous weather here today, too!
Thanks, Maritz. I had never heard of this, so will do some research.
Hi Ursula, thank you for asking. It is quite early here. I am doing ok, a work in progress. I have not yet found my way in retirement, but I am starting to see just glimpses of my own voice. This is just a minefield time of year for me when memories of loss and pain pile on. And I’m thinking my physical therapy is setting loose a lot of blocked feelings and memories, if that makes sense. I can weep just out of the blue, but at the same time be open to the smallest glimpses of beauty. Perhaps for the last few years I have been living somewhat robotically, going through the motions, getting through the days, giving expected responses in a career/ministry which no longer fit or supported my spirit. I am grateful for the tiny glimpses of beauty, and the releases of deep pain, and know that they are all part of this healing. You are very kind to ask – thank you for your good wishes!
Thank you, Diane. Yes, spring does seem a sweet gift this year. Namaste!
Thank you Kevin, Mary and Anna.
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