This question reminded me of the story of Jesus feeding the multitude. Although from time to time I don’t feel in this way, I believe that I have everything I need for life in abundance. Perhaps time is the most scarce one in my life right now. Yet, I’m hoping that sharing my limited time in service helps my mind and heart to open wide to the abundance I have not yet known.
Peace for our nation and whole world as well as inner peace for myself.
Spending time with my son, who will fly back to Texas tomorrow morning, is giving my life meaning at this moment. Also, I’m writing my autobiography for him just in case he wants to know about his mother in the future long after I’m gone from the earth.
I cultivate gratefulness within myself by daily practice as I know how easy it is to start falling away from the path of grateful living. When I’m practicing gratefulness, without any particular reason people around me seem to become grateful.
I would like to live the rest of my life by being true to myself even though doing so may make me vulnerable from time to time.
I’d like to come up with a system to incorporate all of my grateful practice, yoga & meditation, walking, and so forth into my daily routine. Recently I enjoyed spontaneity a little bit too much and am walking slightly off the path I hoped.
I could not get out of bed until almost 8 am. I had a restless night perhaps because I had a cup of decaf coffee around 9 pm, or perhaps because I tried to push myself hard to finish one more thing last night. Either way I will be kind to myself and let the chips fall where they may.
27 years ago I and my boyfriend (now husband) crossed the country by driving a tiny Honda Civic from California to New England when there was no cell phone or GPS but the maps provided by AAA. I had started anew after leaving everything behind and am still living in the same town we had settled. As we’re facing another chapter of life, the memories from this road trip give me encouragement and comfort.
Daily morning walk with Penny the Collie has helped me not be taken over by fear. Coming to this site has given my faint inner light more oxygen. As for Penny, belly rub is all she wants for my gratitude. I’ll share my experience in gratitude practice with my friends and refer them to this site.
Being an introvert, I welcomed this year’s unusual opportunities to be alone without saying NO to social events. Yet, I missed lively conversations with dear friends. I’m grateful that I have learned the importance of belonging to communities including A Network for Grateful Living.
I think that listening to others opens endless possibilities of friendship and learning from each other. When I say to others “Tell me more” from my curiosity, I always see sparkles in their eyes. After listening to their stories, I recognize the Light within them.
My friends say that I’m insightful and intuitive. I know these gifts come from my attentive listening to others and heightened awareness. I’ll keep using them for others who ask me for advice. I’m grateful for the friendship these gifts brought to me.
At 8:10 am, 26oF, blue sky and bright sunlight. Everything is still covered with snow except pavement. I love this winter morning scenery, which is serene and peaceful. Bare trees are telling me to shed excess in my life.
I visit in my mind again and again the mountain range in my old hometown thousands miles away. When I was a child, it was covered with snow in winter and looked very close to us on a clear day. I always talked to the mountain when my mind was troubled. By somehow I always knew what I should do next after talking to the mountain.
The gift of this new day to be alive on Earth.
I’d like to understand how fear-driven thoughts have crept into my mind so that I could free my mind from the self-created web of fear as well as I would know when to be bold and when to be cautious .
Over two years ago I was struggling to shake off my mental fatigue after finishing a big project. I practiced yoga & meditation, and prayed daily. Yet my mind was still filled with negative energy. One day a friend of mine who practices grateful living suggested to me that I write down three things I’m grateful for every night before going to bed. I bought A GRATITUDE JOURNAL by Brother David Steindle-Rast and placed it on the nightstand with a pen. For the first month or so, it was har...
Over two years ago I was struggling to shake off my mental fatigue after finishing a big project. I practiced yoga & meditation, and prayed daily. Yet my mind was still filled with negative energy. One day a friend of mine who practices grateful living suggested to me that I write down three things I’m grateful for every night before going to bed. I bought A GRATITUDE JOURNAL by Brother David Steindle-Rast and placed it on the nightstand with a pen. For the first month or so, it was hard work to find even one thing I was grateful for that day. Soon I was able to come up with three things with ease. One year later I realized that my life had turned into joyous dance and people around me including my family had become more grateful for what I do. I don’t need to know how and why. I’m just grateful for this mysterious shift.
Two days ago Penny and I walked the frozen trail nearby. It was below freezing temperature with a clear blue sky. Suddenly I was blinded by brightness. As my eyes got used to it, I could see the sunlight coming through between the trees and reflecting on the surface of a shallow stream. I was astonished by the powerfulness of the sun, the center of our solar system, a dwarf star. By somehow my mind zoomed out from the trail to outer space.
I must be very optimistic. I still rejoice in the beauty and miracle of nature every day. For example, the cherry tree on our side yard has so many hard shelled flower buds on its branches under below freezing weather. Those buds were formed before the tree shed its leaves. I dream of spring with the flower buds.
Thank you, Mica. 🙏🏻
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