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Gratitude, Day 35 of 48: Difficult People


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 23 of 48


I’ve always been a sensitive person,
wanting to understand myself, my world,
who I am, why I’m here.
I’m glad I found my way to my journals;
I didn’t always have someone readily available
to hold space as I explored the contents of my mind.
This ability to tune into my thoughts and feelings
and put them to words
enabled me to also articulate them clearly to another.
When I can share who I know myself to be with you,
and you can share who you know yourself to be with me,
then we create a space for authentic relationship,
whether we are friends, family, colleagues or intimate partners.
These days I am only interested in authentic connection,
with you, with me, with this world.
Self-awareness made this connection possible.
I am grateful to my teachers who led me to this space
of self-exploration through meditation, therapy,
contemplation, writing, being.
I am grateful to know that my Self is bigger
than this woman I am, in this body as it is,
with this mind, with this identify.
Self-awareness taught me that I am this world,
I am you, I am this universe.
Only gratitude now, as the self within me
reminds me that nothing more needs to be said.

What You’ve Been Waiting For


Always learning,
and what a privilege.
Teachers everywhere,
never in short supply.
Just look around you;
open your eyes.
Listen, feel,
taste all these gifts,
constant miracles.
Inhale the scent of possibility,
throw your arms open wide
and dance on the edge
of your own becoming.
Look over the edge
into the great abyss of the unknowable;
There is nothing to fear!
When you take the big leap
you will fly
or you will land in the arms
of the loving divine.
Either way,
it’s beautiful, it’s perfect,
and it’s what you’ve been waiting for
your whole life.

Grateful Awareness


I notice I’m thinking
and it’s a relief.
Now I’m not caught
in the thought any more.
Now I’m free.
I notice a thought
that could lead to great unhappiness
if I were to believe it.
I choose not to.
With my mind free
of these unhappy thoughts,
it’s clear enough to perceive
how wonderful this moment is.
I look around,
notice I can walk,
notice there is food;
I can hear laughing and talking.
All at once I feel incredibly grateful
for all of the teachers
who have made this moment possible,
who have opened my eyes,
who will open them again
if need be.

May the Teachers Guide Me


May the teachers guide me on this path
that my heart remain open
and my mind clear,
that I remember who I am
and where I’m going,
that only the clearest intentions
motivate me forward,
that my thoughts words and actions
be of benefit to all beings,
that my presence might help
alleviate the suffering of this world.

Perfect Teachers


You don’t have to go looking
for the perfect teachers,
the ones with the right wisdom to wake you up–
they follow you wherever you go.
They are beside you,
in front of you,
behind you,
above you,
below you,
circling you always.
Open your eyes and heart and mind,
and see the Teachers, always there.
You cannot escape them,
even if you move into
a new apartment
or arrange
a marriage annulment.
They remain attached, in sight
even if you put on kingly robes
and make an entire nation crumble
with your might.
The question isn’t
Where are my teachers?
Are my eyes open, my ears?
They are your hopes and fears
your neuroses, your reactivity,
the words you say,
your actions,
your deeds–
awareness of all of these,
this is what feeds your growth.
How much you open,
how much you awaken
determines what you can learn
in this lifetime of yours.
Do not search for the perfect teachers
out there, somewhere.
The perfect teachers are in you.

Welcome Your Teachers


Welcome your teachers,
especially the ones whom you’d rather avoid.
That old story about being comfortable,
about staying clear of difficult people–
set it aside for a moment,
and look into the great mirror of being.
Do you need to have others agree with you
to feel confident about your own thinking?
Does everyone have to look the same as you
for you to feel comfortable in your own skin?
Turn and move closer to the disagreeable people.
They have much to teach you
if only you can be willing to listen.

This is All a Dream


Don’t set up the target for an arrow,
looking for places to point your aggression,
to lay your blame for this intensity
that has erupted in you.
You have a choice.
All obstacles are teachers.
All events are learning opportunities.
Do you want to strengthen the habit
by giving your attention to it,
or can you sit with the anger,
be humbled,
and feel compassion for those
who experience the same intensity?
Connect with your heart…
the sense of ME melts,
becomes less sticky,
less solid
and now you can see
that this is all a dream.

Students and Teachers


Pay attention to the things that bother you
about other people–
they may be friends in disguise
revealing hidden aspects of yourself,
teaching you about the places
that need your awareness,
your understanding.
All of the uncomfortable moments
provide great learning opportunities
if we stay, open our eyes and hearts, and listen.
We are all mirrors of each other.
What I judge in you is a reflection of myself.
Let us open our arms wide
and invite the whole world in.
We are all students.
We are all teachers.

I Breathed


This morning
as I sat in stillness and listened,
I received these instructions
from my Teachers:

Breathe in,
Welcome the moment as it is,
Breathe out,
release expectations.
When you can let go of your ideas 
of how things should be,
you have space in your mind
to enjoy them as they are.

So today I was reminding myself,
Breathing in, I accept this moment as it is.
Breathing out, I let go of expectations.

Breathing in, I welcome this moment with open arms
breathing out, I feel gratitude for what is

Breathing in, I feel love in this moment, exactly as it is,
breathing out, I express this love in my thoughts, words and deeds.

And you know what?
I remembered to breathe!
And you know what else?
It felt pretty darn good!

It helped me to relax
when I felt hurried to get out the door
and was on the verge of expressed irritability
because my kids were moving so slowly.

But I did not yell.

Instead I said aloud:

Breathing in, I welcome this moment as it is,
Breathing out, I let go of expectations.

I breathed.

They watched me breathe and were curious.
They heard me repeat the words and grew silent.
I slowed down, let my shoulders drop away from my ears.
They took a deep breath with me;
we all relaxed and enjoyed the drive
to meet my mom for lunch.

I might just go pat myself on the back now.