Ah, grateful for it all!
Here is a poem, it is actually… A reply DASKALOS gave to a participant in the audience after she asked why her efforts to effect a “healing” on another person didn’t cause what she intended. It came out poetically and made it easier to explain to her that she / and any other Human / cannot be a “Healers” but they can to an instrument / channel / by which the Holy Spirit and Logos can do their work if it is karmically appropriate on that other person. I take free, I give free, And ...
Here is a poem, it is actually… A reply DASKALOS gave to a participant in the audience after she asked why her efforts to effect a “healing” on another person didn’t cause what she intended. It came out poetically and made it easier to explain to her that she / and any other Human / cannot be a “Healers” but they can to an instrument / channel / by which the Holy Spirit and Logos can do their work if it is karmically appropriate on that other person. I take free, I give free, And God is looking after me.” DASKALOS ( London, 1993 04 25 )
I just finished listening to that podcast with Naomi and Krista last week. I was so moved by hearing her recite her own poetry and knowing the background stories of them. I haven’t been a lover of poetry for long…but lately…it just moves me. Thank you for this offering!
Last week (Easter week), two signs of spring — return of the kingfisher to a farm pond nearby and first sighting of a dragonfly all golden in the sunlight — brought me back to a long beloved poem, As Kingfishers Catch Fire by Gerard Manley Hopkins. I was delighted to find a very moving recitation/video of it (by Evan Koons) right here on the gratefulness website. Thank you for providing this link!
Truly, I continue to be surprised and enriched by the beautiful collection of poetry ...
Truly, I continue to be surprised and enriched by the beautiful collection of poetry (and reflections on poetry) offered here. You do an amazing job, dear Gratefulness Team! I also want to say that Dale Biron’s e-course A Fierce and Enduring Gratitude was a joy.
Finally, I especially treasure Brother David’s thoughts on poetry and so was even more delighted this past week to find here his essay titled O Gaia: Nature and the Poetic Intuition, which I will reread and reread and share, I am sure. His explanation of the vow of ‘stabilitas loci’ helps me cherish the particular circumstances of my life at this time; so I take this in as an affirmation, “When you can’t go far, go deep.” My heart overflows with gratitude for all of this.
Thank you for your reflections and generous appreciation, dear Grateful Sea. It warms my heart to hear that you are taking delight and comfort in your discoveries on our site – wonderful. And thank you for surfacing “O Gaia: Nature and the Poetic Intuition,” a rich find and a good reminder. I have added it above to our list of poetic resources. Love that you loved Dale’s course and all else. May these treasures continue to enrich your life. Thank you!
What an extraordinarily resilient person you are, dear Margaret. A true inspiration and a bright role model to many. Thank you for sharing your story and your heart so generously.
Hello Creek, Br. David has often said that there are many things that we can’t be grateful *for* — certainly depression/C-PTSD could be included in that list (along with war, violence, etc.) — but that it may be helpful to open to the possibility that we can be grateful for an *opportunity* that the situation may provide. “Healing comes when you see the opportunity for growth that a painful situation has provided.” I love that you write “But I can appreciat...
Hello Creek, Br. David has often said that there are many things that we can’t be grateful *for* — certainly depression/C-PTSD could be included in that list (along with war, violence, etc.) — but that it may be helpful to open to the possibility that we can be grateful for an *opportunity* that the situation may provide. “Healing comes when you see the opportunity for growth that a painful situation has provided.” I love that you write “But I can appreciate that tears can be a cathartic release.” This simple acknowledgement of appreciating the cathartic release of tears is beautiful and points to the part of you which is already open to opportunity. You ask about other places on the site, and perhaps by now you have explored further and found some articles, videos, Q&As, poetry, or practices that have been helpful. I like Sheila’s encouragement to click on ‘explore’ and then visit ‘new to gratefulness.org?’ to orient yourself. We encourage you to roam around, there’s a lot here! Also under ‘explore’ you can click on ‘Areas of interest’ and there you will find an area called ‘healing the mind’ which may be helpful. Lastly, many in our community have told us how comforting they find our ‘Light a Candle” feature which can be found in the list under ‘Practice.’ Sometimes sitting quietly with an intention and ‘lighting’ a candle can soothe or transform a moment. In fact, I’m going to go there now to light a candle for you. It will ‘burn’ for 24 hours and will carry my wish that you find peace. With all well wishes to you, dear Creek, from Saoirse on behalf of the gratefulness team.
Thank you, Sheila, for your warm-hearted appreciation of our offerings. We are delighted to know that you find the articles, practices, etc. on our site inspiring – wonderful! With a deep bow on behalf of all of us on the Gratefulness Team, Saoirse
What a wonderful idea, Niels! If you would like to contact the folks at Look for the Good to offer your services, you can do so by emailing them at email@example.com.
Thanks, Ed. I appreciate your highlighting Yeats’ experience of his “body of a sudden blazed,” – electric and Rumi’s “Be like melting snow…” such a vivid transmission of oneness – a lovely complement to Colette’s warm invitation to embrace our oneness. With warmth and gratitude.
Ah yes, these two stanzas are so powerful. Thank you for sharing here, dear Ed. For those who would like to read the entire poem, we have it posted here at: https://gratefulness.org/resource/vacillation/
Thank you, dear Chuck. We are grateful to you for all that you do and are as together, we serve our vision of a peaceful, thriving and sustainable world held as sacred by all.
Thank you, dear Sheila. We can indeed feel your deep care and gratitude and we are inspired and grateful. What a joy to hear that our site is expressing beauty and peace in the world. Thank you for being part of this offering. With a grateful heart on behalf of the Gratefulness Team, Saoirse
Thank you so much for all of this, Ed. Inspired by your response to Pierre’s video we have gone ahead and posted it on gratefulness.org as its own page. You can find it at this link: https://gratefulness.org/resource/simplicity-blessing/
Wonderful – thank you so much for this transcript, Ed. A deep bow to you!
Thank you for your comment, Ed. I believe this is the link you are referring to – Pierre Pradervand on Simplicity: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ZM0n-ZHE-I
Thanks, dear Grateful Sea, your note is warmly appreciated! An arcing rainbow is exactly the image we too have paired with the quote. Beauty all around.
We too love the quote “The arc of the moral universe is long but it bends towards justice,” and have it in our Word for the Day library. Did you know that the quote is a paraphrase of a quote by Theodore Parker? Interesting. Here’s some information about Theodore Parker. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theodore_Parker Thanks for reminding us of the quote. It is powerful and hopeful indeed!
Thanks for asking, Suzana. You might try #Gratefulness or if related to this practice #GratefulDay and #GratefulYear. Thanks!
Great tips, Chad, thanks! Love the reminder to put out the trash! Hope you and yours have a heartful Thanksgiving!
Wonderful, thanks for this lovely poem, dear Carol!
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