Monday, April 28, 2008

Struggle

In Dr. Wayne Dyer's book, Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life, he challenges his readers to recognize where they have created restricitions for themselves that keep them from new and expanding experiences. Once the restricitions are discovered, such as not writing the book within you or going mountain climbing, "plunge in where you've never before wandered." (pg 277)

What have you held back from doing that, when done, would provide a new opportunity to experience gratitude for the opportunity?


Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life
Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
ISBN 978-1-4019-1184-3

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Child's Gratitude Prayer

I am at peace in this world.
I have clarity of purpose.
I am here to live as a child-
free, curious, giving, loving and accepting.
I realize there is no security in the real world.
I find peace within myself and
I am secure.


Renee Canali

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Awareness-The Greatest Gift

How much of your day is spent truly aware of what is around you? Awareness propels us forth toward true gratitude. For to be grateful for what IS, you must be aware that IT exists.

Notice something new today.
Appreciate it.
When you do not see it, appreciate it.

Try the exercise in March's newsletter, Cultivating The Seeds of Change. Share your experiences and observations: http://tinyurl.com/2hwwee

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Gratitude in The Face of Adversity

Every morning we have a choice to listen to doom and gloom or read about terror and hardship. When I choose to hear what is going on around me, I use different listening skills than I use for normal conversation. I put on the heavy filter for sensationalism and negativity. I listen (or read) with my mind wide open to receive the vital pieces of information that affect my life and the lives of those I love.

Then I seek out something to be grateful for.

Recently a neighbor of 80+ years old found out she has leukemia. I am saddened by her situation and continue to pray for her to have the strength she needs to face whatever is ahead of her. However, I am grateful that I met her years ago and have had many pleasant conversations about gardening, friendship and life. I am grateful that she has lived this long without many health issues. I am grateful she has family that loves her and is gathered around to give her the support she needs. I am grateful that several neighbors keep in touch about each other in case someone is in need.

Life always presents us with challenges we need to grow stronger. For this I am learning to be grateful.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Taxes and Gratitude Attiude

Taxes are due tomorrow for those of us in the US. This time of year, if you choose to listen, there are many people grumbling about having to pay taxes. I choose not to be one of them. Here's why:

I vote for the people who enact and repeal tax legislation.
I choose whether or not to question what I pay.
I choose to find legal alternatives to paying higher taxes.
I am grateful that I have government services such as emergency aid (ambulance, fire, police).
If there are others that need government supported programs such as battered women, families needing emergency shelter, etc. I am happy I have contributed to those funds through tax dollars.

When I am not satisfied with how a government program is run, I can choose whether or not to get involved in facilitating change.

I have not found grumbling to be useful myself. I either focus on what I can do to change things or I focus on other causes or programs that do a better job at changing the problem.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Grace in Crisis

It is hard to imagine that in times of crisis, such as the flooding in the heartland of the United States recently, that there is plenty to be grateful for in our lives. As I listen to some of the residents of these towns under water, I hear their heartfelt thanks to those who have saved them, rescued their families and belongings, and provide food and shelter. I hear how fortunate they feel to still be alive. They have a long road ahead of them as they put their lives back together and deal with the aftermath of these natural events.

This is a reminder to us that in every crisis there is an opportunity for gratitude. As a matter of fact, there is always a reason to be grateful.

Today I am grateful that I slept well. My family awoke healthy. The sun has appeared after days of clouds and the air is warm and fragrant with spring blossoms. The gas company is working diligently behind our home to fix a gas leak that was caught before disaster could strike. The city workers that collect trash showed up for work today, have trucks to safely remove our debris with and are pleasant and helpful. I have hours more to provide my services to those seeking change and momentum in their lives. I am grateful for those that read this blog and invite everyone to find something to be grateful for...share your stories and thoughts.

Monday, April 7, 2008

Gratitude and Acceptance

I continue to focus on things that I am grateful for this month. I realize that part of being grateful is being able to accept that some things are out of your control. The key is to consciously challenge what you can and cannot control.

At any time during the day, it is possible to hear a news story focused on what is wrong with the economy. When I hear those stories seeping in to my day, I consciously decide whether or not I want to hear them. I cannot control that the stories are there, but I can control whether or not I listen and then what I act upon or react to. The stories themselves are not harmful, but I believe the "spin" they are delivered with can be harmful if you allow yourself to be pulled by the undertow.

There are realities that we need to be aware of and part of the realitiy is that life is a cycle. Stocks go up and they go down. Prices go up and then prices balance out. Things look bleek and then people use their resources to counter the negative effects.

When we accept the whole of this reality, we can affect individual parts of the whole by becoming more informed, by making deliberate choices, by preparing and taking action to better position ourselves or improve our situation.

Accept that currently there is a great opportunity to improve many aspects of your life. Then, become informed, prepare and take constructive action.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Creating Space for Gratitude

Last night I participated in Oprah and Eckhart Tolle's world wide webcast, discussing Eckhart's book, A New Earth. Oprah read a poem by David Wagoner titled LOST.

I have posted it here to encourage everyone to take time everyday to be present- just to stand still, no distractions and allow yourself to just exist for a few moments. Start by taking a few deep breaths and reading this poem slowly to yourself. Create an experience:

LOST by David Wagoner.
From the book "Traveling Light: Collected and New Poems"
published by the University of Illinois Press in 1999


Stand still. The trees ahead and bushes beside you
Are not lost.
Wherever you are is called Here,
And you must treat it as a powerful stranger,
Must ask permission to know it and be known.
The forest breathes. Listen. It answers,
I have made this place around you.
If you leave it, you may come back again, saying Here.
No two trees are the same to Raven.
No two branches are the same to Wren.
If what a tree or a bush does is lost on you,
You are surely lost. Stand still. The forest knows
Where you are. You must let it find you.
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Now, reflect on one thing you are grateful for in your life today. It may be as simple as reading this poem!