Thank you for this article. Too often we are embarassed to point out the blessings that are occuring now..such as the ability to stop running around, to stop all the unnecessary driving I used to do, to change daily habits to be home-centered, and on and on. I think we all can benefit from focusing on the positive, which often doesn’t make the news, without hardening our hearts to real suffering.
I am struck by how profound this simple intention is. As I repeated it, I found myself slowing down energetically…nothing needs to happen today. I also found myself opening…even when the unexpected or perhaps the unwanted happens, I could consider it part of a ‘normal’ day, and be grateful. A normal day is simply today, however it unfolds. and that somehow gives me solace. It breaks the anxiety that always hovers unseen. Thank you for this direction.
I can review my day in my gratitude journal before going to sleep, so that I remember all the blessings.
A little fern plant that I bought during the wildfires two year ago, to help clear the air, is still alive…not bigger, not smaller, just present in my room, helping. My altar in front of my bed reminding me we are not alone. The electric heater, loaned to me by my landlord, keeping the room warm.
The first thing i notice is how far away from my heart I have been living; the second thing that I notice is how grateful I am to find my way back because of the silence and stillness.
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