Tag Archives: awe

Dear ALL THAT IS

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Dear ALL THAT IS,
THANK YOU SO MUCH
for all of the blessings
that are continuously pouring
into my life, and
THANK YOU
for giving me
the EYES to SEE them
the EARS to HEAR them
the TONGUE to TASTE them
the NOSE to SMELL them
the HANDS to TOUCH them
the VOICE to SPEAK them
the BRAIN to UNDERSTAND them
the HEART to LOVE them
and the LIFE to LIVE them!

Nature Saves Me From Myself (Again)

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I was caught in a story today,
a story about not being prepared enough,
organized enough, motivated enough,
not a good enough planner,
not thoughtful enough.
It was a story about being selfish,
self-centered,
wrapped up in my own interests…
not good enough.
And then the plant spirits called me outside.
The sun shone on me,
the breeze blew through me,
and I thrust my hands into the earth
again and again.
When I looked up,
there were beautiful plants
in all our pots and containers
and an hour had passed.
The anxiety was gone,
and so was the self-effacing self-talk.
Thank you Nature for saving me again.

Dance in the Rain

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If we have a rigid view
about how things are supposed to be
how could we ever be delighted
by the way things actually are?
What sounds better–
mumbling, groaning, frowning,
complaining because it isn’t sunny
OR
stepping out into the rain,
smiling, looking up to the sky,
opening your arms wide
and dancing?
If you don’t like what’s happening
find a way to reframe this moment
to bring your awareness back
to how truly blessed you are.
Look at where you came from,
going back thousands, millions of years.
Think about how many ancestors
had to survive
to make your life possible.
Feel awe contemplating
the utter improbability
of your birth–
out of all the beings
who could’ve been born
from your mother and father,
it was YOU who was given life.
What a gift it is just to be here.
Now go and dance in the rain!

Say Yes to Life

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As my eyes open to see
this beautiful life
and my heart opens to feel
the waves of gratitude
washing through me
I stand in awe
of how incredibly simple
it is to be happy.
It’s so exciting to say
I have everything I need
to be happy
and to really mean it.
This is true wealth:
loving what you have
and needing nothing else.
This gratitude practice
will give you a lifetime of joy.
You don’t have to do anything.
Just breathe and be still,
look around you.
Isn’t life beautiful?
If you cannot say yes
to this question,
look again,
and keep looking
until you can say yes
with your whole heart.
Say yes to beauty,
awe, gratitude, simplicity.
Say yes to life.

In Awe of the Ordinary

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As I open my eyes and look around
I see so many reasons to be grateful.
My hands on the steering wheel–
I have hands,
I have a car,
I can drive.
This road will lead
to where I’m going;
it’s amazing that this road was built,
asphalt stretching over so many miles
that I may travel quickly and easily.
The simple things
can bring us great pleasure
if we can become fully absorbed in them,
fall in love with them,
full of rapture,
in awe of the perfectly ordinary
nature of our lives.

Understanding and Enthusiasm

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Understanding brings enthusiasm,
let me explain.
When you’re in the dark
you have no choice.
You’re in a trance,
at the mercy of circumstance.
But when you shine
the light of awareness,
you awaken.
With understanding
of this amazing reality
comes awe–
awe at the absolute beauty
of this world.
And with awe, enthusiasm–
this energy to open, to connect
to express the best of who you are.
Look deep, my friends.
Look deep into the well of being,
shine the light of your awareness,
awaken,
and let your understanding blossom.