I am privileged to be a teacher of children between the grades of kindergarten and 5th grade. I try to promote peace and kindness.
I see each class once a week. This upcoming school year I will try to emphasize this even more. I would like to work on a project that the whole school could work on. But not so much a fundraiser, since funds are very limited for many children. So I am still thinking.
I always say I don’t have enough time, I want more time, and I joke that time is my friend, (not).
But maybe I do have enough time and my complaints about time is just part of my glass half full mentality.
I have time for this moment.
I have time for my life giving breath
I have time to pet my cats and feel their silky fur and I have time to listen to them purr and watch them eat and groom and play in their wonderful catness.
Given that my husband stays well and comes home to me tonight, I have time to tell him I love him and spend the evening with him.
I have time for the important things.
I have worries and regrets and I have time to do what I can and then give it all over to God.
I have time for the eternal now.
I am going to experiment with looking at the spaciousness of time today- the glass which is half full.
Maybe I’ll just switch glasses, my measure of what is enough, and watch my glass overflow.
What would gratefulness do? That is much like asking what would love do.
Gratefulness would be joyous and savor the moment.
Gratefulness would focus on what is beautiful, or comfortable, or delicious, or inspiring, or life affirming.
Gratefulness would make sorrow bearable.
Gratefulness could be the saving grace for all of us.
I will take a few moments now to ask God
and to ask myself for whatever help I might need
to live the precious moments of my life in gratefulness.
Pilgrim, I didn’t see your link to the YouTube morning prayer song by the group Pilgrim. Did I just miss it?? I could try to look it up but I thought you might just have it handy. I would love to hear it!
Many blessings to you Pilgrim.
Gargi, I don’t know about downloading the guided relaxations from
Self-compassion.org. website onto your IPad. I just play them from the website. I can check with my husband. He might know. Or maybe some techie person on this website can answer your question.
Have you listened to the self compassion/loving kindness one. I love that one.
All my best,
I agree with Margaret- Enough is as good as a feast! Thank you Deb. I am going to remember that one.
What a gift she is!
I was thinking just the same thing Jill. Aine has created this safe gentle world for her pets.
In many ways we can do this for ourselves. It starts with mindfulness, gratefulness, and giving love.
Thank you Kevin! Thanks for being such a reliable, wise and kind voice on gratefulness.
I always love to read your your responses and don’t feel that I”ve finished reading until I see what you have to say.
Aine, I absolutely agree with you. We can learn so much about being in the moment from our animal friends. These guys and girls really know how to relax and feel their comfort. It is as though they become the comfort. ( Like the question “what would grace do?”, how about the question,” What would comfort do?” I think comfort would lay down with our animals.)
I see you are new to this site. Welcome Elizabeth!
I also live in Florida, and I have a fairly big corner lot with lots of dried up grass.
I have also thought of planting Natives, but haven’t done anything with the yard for quite a while. I do have some time for this as well, and yes all of this is a privilege.
Thanks for the reminder!
It is amazing how much better it feels to share than to wish for more. Thank you for the reminder.
On another note I absolutely love your icon!
You are very kind Gargi. I helped you a little and you have helped yourself a lot. You have a lot of understanding about yourself and about spiritual matters. You are also so kind to everyone on this site. I can tell a lot of people care about you very much already.
Peace and love to you, Gargi,
Happy birthday Pilgrim!
Beautiful, Always Learning, just beautiful.
Just beautiful! I love the way you are receiving the rain with arms and hands open and reaching out. I would have this enlarged and framed if I were you.
PS You are very photogenic!
PSS Oh, is this water from a waterfall??
Beautiful, Kevin. Thanks so much for showing them!
Kevin, this is so beautiful!!!
Is it a photograph of some kind??
Dear Gargi, I am so happy to feel a little better already. Be patient with yourself, Gargi.
And if you start feeling impatience be patient with that too. I can tell that you already have learned a lot about this path we are on to feel our connection with God and to see our lives as gifts. We have so much to be grateful for if we can just remember to stay conscious and be mindful. Try to relax into life and receive the gifts as they come. Try to flow with life. And most of all, be very kind and patient with yourself.
Much love and peace to you Gargi.
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