Posts tagged ‘Gratitude’
“There is a vastness that quiets the soul. But sometimes we are so squarely in the midst of life’s forces that we can’t see what we’re a part of.” – Mark Nepo
May your walls become windows.
Inviting the light in, exposing your soul, broadening your view.
See the expanse of the universe and your place in the vastness woven in this very day.
Beyond circumstances, distractions and swirling thoughts into the rich soil of life.
Let the light in, open the windows, plant seeds, harvest joy.
Someday is today.
Fully participate in it.
Walls to windows.
“Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.” – Carl Sandburg
Before you enter the day, set the course.
Prepare and plan how you will spend the coin of your time.
Floundering in the past.
Playing out the future based on the past.
Fully present in now, planting seeds and harvesting seeds planted yesterday.
What to attach to and what to detach from is the inflection point.
Check in through the day to stay the course.
Look up and around to take in beauty in reach.
Spend your coin wisely.
“Let a joy keep you. Reach out your hands and take it when it runs by.” – Carl Sandburg
Do not let this day pass without witnessing, cherishing, praising, singing, laughing, dancing, embracing.
Be a collector and keeper of joy, delight, possibility, optimism, dreams, action and gratitude.
Stand ajar to capture now.
Focus on the light around and abound.
Rapt attention. Deep gratitude. Anchored in now.
“Forever is composed of nows.” – Emily Dickinson
“Your problem is how you are going to spend this one and precious life you have been issued. Whether you’re going to spend it trying to look good and creating the illusion that you have power over circumstances, or whether you are going to taste it, enjoy it and find out the truth about who you are.”― Anne Lamott
Loosen the vise grip of doing, approval, permission, low expectations, judgment, worst case scenario thinking, fight-flight-fear, assumptions, busy, productivity.
With open arms, enthusiastically enter the space of purpose, ease, fun, presence, gentleness, joy, awe, observation, sweetness, anticipation, understanding, unfolding, becoming, depth over width.
Sacred ground beneath your feet. Stop running, be found and shine right where you are in this moment.
Sing, dance, play. Shine.
“I think joy and sweetness and affection are a spiritual path. We’re here to know God, to love and serve God, and to be blown away by the beauty and miracle of nature. You just have to get rid of so much baggage to be light enough to dance, to sing, to play. You don’t have time to carry grudges; you don’t have time to cling to the need to be right.”― Anne Lamott
“Be slow to speak, and only after having first listened quietly, so that you may understand the meaning, leanings, and wishes of those who do speak. Thus you will better know when to speak and when to be silent.” – Saint Ignatius
Between thoughts and actions lies a threshold, a still point. Guide the direction of your thoughts and attention, anchor in gratitude and abundance. Cross the threshold to actions that contribute, create and multiply. Choose response over reaction. Amplify positive over negative. Release energy over exhaustion.
Observe. Listen. Learn.
“If you make listening and observation your occupation you will gain much more than you can by talk.” – Robert Baden-Powell
“Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strength.” – Charles Spurgeon
A simple act.
Easy to do.
Carry yourself lightly.
Lay down work at day’s end.
Weave play throughout.
Mark progress and growth.
Create joy, swim in it.
Greet each day and person with new eyes and fresh smiles.
Gratitude in extracting happiness from common things found in this very moment.
“Be thou the rainbow in the storms of life. The evening beam that smiles the clouds away, and tints tomorrow with prophetic ray.” – Lord Byron
“Flowers… are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty outvalues all the utilities of the world.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
When thoughts limit, restrict, bind, move out, step back to see the expanse, beauty and brilliance.
In a flower, in another human, in the universe.
Renewed and refreshed, move back in to broaden your thoughts, trigger your imagination, reignite the fire.
Like breathing, in and out, close and far, yin and yang.
Fill up and pour out.
Life is balance, flow, struggle, ease.
Enter it completely, imperfectly and fully in the now.
“With the past, I have nothing to do; nor with the future. I live now.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”― Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Tend to the narratives you tell yourself, what you’ve come to believe.
Is it familiar, flat and stale?
Does it serve your growth, healing, transformation?
Unlearn, relearn, learn.
Choose a different story line.
Change the arc.
Expansion over contraction.
Knowing in the unknowing.
Depth and dimension.
Salt and light.
Becoming through unbecoming.
Listen, write, rewrite.
The first draft is never the final draft.
Edit and hone.
Keep writing your story each day.
“What a wonderful life I’ve had! I only wish I’d realized it sooner.” – Colette
“No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit.” – Helen Keller
Set your sails, reset as the wind shifts
Look for good in this day
Create good in this day
Capture good in this day
In thoughts, words, actions
Spirit, soul, heart – lead with these
Kindness, gratitude, grace, joy, delight, generosity are energy and power
Harness, embrace, release them back out.