Foggy brain and random words
Introduced me to forest bathing
And being friendly with my neighbors
Walking in the woods makes me more attentive to sounds and light
Breathing fresh air with fragrance of trees and streams
My emotions calm down
I start feelings of gratitude
Each breath becomes easier and more regular
I feel connected to the world again
I can look at my pain and losses
Not wishing them to go away
But to go through them
And face them with gratitude
Every day is a new day
Appreciative of small and simple things
Like breathing, walking, dawn.
note: flowers I saw during my walk to the river today.
Wherever you go
or wherever you stay
your heart, an altar of gratitude.
note: My one moment today is finding this mixed media art work in the school office of our parish church while I was waiting to talk to the school principal.
Headline world news: All 12 Boys And Their Coach Are Rescued From Thai Cave After 2 Weeks
“Every day I am a day old.” A moment of reflection and gratitude.
“Bless the World with Your Eyes
There is a beautiful practice in Jewish tradition of blessing the day. In this worldview, each act becomes worthy of blessing. Gratitude is offered for the gift of every moment: upon awakening, when crossing a threshold, eating a meal, lighting candles. The Talmud calls for 100 blessings each day.
This act of blessing is really a special way of paying attention. It is a moment of remembering wonder as our primary response to the world. It is an act of consecrating the day.”
-Christine Valters Paintner
Abbey of the Arts
note: Quotation taken from Abbey of the Arts,
read more: blessings
“…total absorption and complete absorption in the present moment is available to us all when we choose to let gratitude wash over us uninhibitedly.”
-M. J. Ryan, Attitudes of Gratitude
note: photos taken from the bank of Napa River where I passed by during my walk. It’s low tide.Today is cloudy and 65 degrees. My iPhone says I walked10,900 steps.
“I have to live in the richest, deepest, most productive way I can…I cannot pretend I am without fear. But my predominant feeling is one of gratitude.”
note: Oliver Sacks wrote an article in the NY Times after finding out his ocular melanoma has metastasized to his liver.
“To be given life
would have been sufficient.”
But I’m also given time
help fix my neighbor’s leaky roof
remove someone else slivers,
share someone else tears,
delight in irises, chrysanthemums,
and I can love,
offer my hands
the tiny and the bold
the straw and the rocks
the mountain strewn with clouds
why do I “feel
content” when I behold
the natural order?
I walk with gratitude
in minutiae of things
even when the sea is faraway.
Inspired by Heather’s
the lemon tree
bows with gratitude
photo: from our daughter’s backyard