Writer and therapist hailing from North Texas, on the ancestral lands of the Cherokee, Seminole, Creek, Wichita, Comanche, and Tawakoni.
Practicing gratitude helps soothe my nervous system and helps me return to a stance of abundance rather than scarcity. It means I let go of fear when I’m able to move toward gratitude.
I have more moments of joy and peace when I am able to practice gratitude. I see that all life is a gift, even my loneliest moments. Gratitude feels like a gateway to another world.
My breath, my cats, indoor plumbing, and heat and air conditioning, thought that may not be basic! I’m also grateful for the trees, earth, sun and sky I get to take in everyday from my home office!
Being outside is the only time I feel safe and that I belong in the world. I especially love the mountains.
I practice self-compassion and I think that being kind to myself helps me extend kindness to others. I am finding that meditation helps me to rest in stillness which is helping me connect deeply with others. I think paying attention in this way is a healing force in the world!
What a great question to begin my Sunday…I released several lies recently when I went to the mountains and they revolved around letting go of perfectionism, shame, and owning my true belonging to the world, the Divine, and humanity. Today I release the lie that I must be happy all the time and welcome all my emotions!
Pine and fir trees remind me of my times spent hiking and feeling deep peace. Most recently I hiked in Colorado and I’ll often recall the hiking to relax and sometimes the smell of pine forest arises. It’s a powerful reminder of my belonging to the earth.
My heart is softening in compassion for others, including myself. I’m a lot more aware of my need to practice forgiving myself rather than just focusing my energies on forgiving others. I’m catching myself more often when I’m being hard on myself and moving toward myself with compassionate action. It’s wonderful!
That’s right! Amen to that!!!
Wowie! What an experience! So sorry for your loss but I’m amazed at this gift you received!!! Karel sounds like he was an amazing person!
One time I caught a whiff of pine forest when I was actively recalling a trip to the mountains! I was floored! That sensitivity you have has pros and cons, doesn’t it?!
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