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.
My human contact is limited today. I will smile and say cheerfully “Good morning/afternoon” and “Have a nice day” to every single person I’ll encounter during my walk with Penny. I will make a couple of phone calls to those who have been housebound since the pandemic started.
First, I just continue my daily practice with a fervent determination. In addition, I try to figure out the truth by soaking myself in meditation as well as nature rather than reading the information provided by media outlets. If rioters who stormed the Capitol yesterday are human beings, I must have something in common with them genetically even though I’d like to believe that I have nothing in common with them.
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.
I can celebrate the light of Christ within me today even though I thought I had lost it from time to time this year.
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.
Being mortal helps me take a moment to savor the beauty in nature and people around me. I realize that each day is a gift. Time to time, though, I drift away from grateful practices until I realize that my grateful living requires regular practices.
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.
I just imagined I’d be sitting in your car and being nourished spiritually. Thank you 🙏🏻
Thank you, Mica. 🙏🏻
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