Category Archives: gratitude

A Brand New Habit

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It’s up to me.
I choose how I go through this.
I choose my response.
The old habit may be to panic,
catastrophize and focus
on what could go wrong,
but this habit isn’t helpful.
It isn’t life-affirming,
or empowering.
It doesn’t enable me
to offer my gifts to the world.
Why not breathe?
Why not practice gratitude
for what could be
an incredible opportunity
for awakening, for transformation?
Why not envision
a realm of infinite possibility?
Let’s collectively create
a brand new habit called:
awakening to our blessings,
envisioning possiblity,
offering our gifts in service
to the greatest good!

Gratitude Day 39 of 49: Celebrate

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A gathering of beautiful friends
brings me back to a natural rhythm,
closer to my true nature, more authentic.
Food prepared consciously
nourishes our bodies and souls.
Sitting with beloveds and sharing a meal
attunes us collectively to our shared visions.
Moving into a mode of celebration
opens our eyes to the abundance that is here now,
opens our hearts to the recognition
that it is a gift to be alive.
I choose to move towards
those who are willing
to recognize the good in their lives.
Those who give thanks
are way more fun to be around
than those who can’t see
any reason to be grateful!
I’m glad to be one of the happy ones
who chooses to see the good in life.
I am blessed to openly celebrate
how wonderful it is to be alive.

Gratitude Day 38 of 48: Prayer

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There is so much wisdom in surrender,
knowing that I don’t know,
opening to guidance,
keeping the faith that there’s a reason,
relaxing deeper into trust.
When I could finally let go
of the life I thought I had,
the life I felt entitled to,
I finally had the space to welcome
my real life, as it is, right now.
Then the real healing could begin.
I had to let go of my marriage
and I had to let go of my anger
toward my children’s father
for abandoning the marriage.
I had to let go of control
(I had none to begin with).
When everything fell apart
and there was nowhere to go
but through,
I learned to get clear and sober
and fill my mind with prayer.
I learned to turn everything over
to a power greater than myself.
I turned over my thoughts,
words and actions,
my hopes, dreams and fears,
my beliefs, perceptions,
my ideas of success and failure.
Somehow, grace pulled me through
the darkest nights of my soul;
somehow I survived the changes
that took time…
I am grateful for prayers,
sacred words spoken
that bolster my courage
and soothe my bodymind.
I am grateful that my whole life
has become a prayer.

Gratitude, Day 36 of 48: Healing

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One day he said, “I want a divorce”

and went down to sleep in the basement.

I thought I would die.

I didn’t.

I lost sleep, I lost weight.

He moved out.

He introduced our children to his girlfriend.

I thought I would die.

I didn’t.

I asked why God would let me suffer.

I worked hard.

I secured a rental home in my kids’ school district.

I kept praying and meditating.

I want it to get easier.

I want the healing to go faster.

It won’t.

Life takes its time.

Healing takes its time.

My job is to surrender now.

Gratitude, Day 35 of 48: Difficult People

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Life delivers lessons

whether we’re ready to learn or not.

Sometimes difficult people show up

to reveal to us where we’re still stuck.

We should thank these people.

If we’re interested in evolving,

the most difficult people

are our greatest teachers.

God bless our teachers,

whoever they are,

however they arrive,

however difficult they are,

however bitter the lessons they teach.

In the end it all leads us back

to our own sweetness

and the love that holds us

in every moment of our learning.

Gratitude, Day 34 of 48: Travel

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First there was resistance, then anxiety,

but I took a deep breath and began packing.

A few hours later I’m on a flight to Houston,

gazing out at the immense sky landscape.

Traveling is a chance to let go of the routine and embrace the new,

but it’s also a chance to see where I can’t let go, where I’m unwilling to change.

To all my fellow travelers on this journey called life:

I wish you well.

Keep breathing and let the love flow through you.