I saw the daffodils out at my Dad’s place on the river this morning, bending their heads under the snowy blankets, almost as if hiding, looking content to sleep just a bit longer. Rumi’s poem reminds me that even though it may feel comforting to cross back through that doorway and lay in the warm comfort of what we know, there is a whole world out there to experience. Spring brings with it an infectious energy that I know I can harness, acting as a catalyst to propel me through that doorway into those new growing spaces in my life that I have been trying to hide from. And even before I spotted the daffodils, I seemed to be doing the same thing as they just as the sun rose. As i lay in bed under the warm and cozy covers looking out at the beautiful lake just outside my window in the pale gray morning light, with the soft snow floating from the sky (like the small dancing particles in Rumi’s poem), i kept telling myself that it was time to get up, get moving. But I was somewhat paralyzed by the comfort of my bed, not wanting to shock my body by the cold morning air. I kept telling myself, “just another minute, just another minute…”, but meanwhile, i had a list of projects calling my name, to get me started towards my new life, projects that i never seem to have enough time for during the week. I literally had to say out loud – get out of bed Laura, get moving, here’s your chance! and i’m like nooooo, i’m so warm and cozy, but at the same time incredulous that i was having this battle with myself. ha haa… So, to commence with Spring, no more “thinking about it”, let’s throw back the blankets together and start creating the life that we LOVE. Spring is here!
Understanding The Power of Gratitude
Stephanie came across this timely article from Huffington Post’s, Wake up World, as Thanksgiving is right around the corner. There’s a link at the bottom of this post to get the full article plus a wonderful 2 minute gratitude meditation from Deepak Chopra (who, if you haven’t heard him, has the most amazing, soothing, transportive voice) you can do every morning upon awakening or just before slipping into bed. We also thought it would be a fun to share a small gratitude list and invite everyone to join in. Won’t that be fun!?! Sometimes, I take things for granted in my life and it isn’t until I hear or even receive a suggestion by someone else that i have awareness for the infinite possibilities to add to my own list. So by sharing, we can plant new seeds in our hearts and grow our collective garden of gratitude bigger and Bigger and BIGGER! Please visit our lovely garden when you have a chance…
Always begin with gratitude. This is the wisdom advice that comes to us from many of the world’s indigenous and contemplative teachings. In this spirit, we begin our first blog for The Huffington Post exploring this profoundly transformative spiritual practice, and invite you to join us in taking this powerful awareness and action into your heart and onto your path of deepening spirit in daily life, work, and relationships.
The practice of gratitude antidotes two root sufferings that pervade the human experience. The first can be characterized as a feeling of “insufficiency” — not having enough or not being enough. This fundamental sense of dissatisfaction opens the way to the second kind of suffering — being incessantly busy trying to get more or be more in order to somehow fill this inner feeling of discontentment and lack. Living with an inner attitude of scarcity and poverty-consciousness also makes us prey to being manipulated by external forces that tell us that we will find happiness and satisfaction — finally — if we only acquire or consume this product or that, or once we go to this place or take some other action “out there.” Our preoccupation with seeking inner satisfaction from external sources keeps us on a never-ending merry-go-round of pursuits and distractions, always waiting for and expecting happiness to come to us from the outside. After the temporary pleasure or sense of accomplishment dissipates and wears off — as it always most certainly will — we find ourselves once again pursuing the next “fix.”
The miracle of the practice of gratitude is that it reverses this pattern of looking outwardly for satisfaction, and instantly puts us in touch with all the many gifts and blessings already present in our life. We shift from spinning in perpetual motion on the wheel of seeking happiness from the outside-in to generating happiness from the inside-out. This practice is easy to do and can be done anywhere and any time. The main thing is just to begin to weave this practice more and more often, and more and more regularly, into your life.
For the full article: http://wakeup-world.com/2011/07/08/understanding-the-power-of-gratitude/
My intuitive life coach (also my dear friend, Janese) told me that being separated from my sisters wasn’t going to be easy, that it would feel like we were missing limbs, or that it would be like ripping off a band-aid and having that stingy ouch where it parted from your body. … sigh…was she ever right! I miss my sisters soooooo, but I see how much we are all growing into ourselves, redefining, reshaping, and strengthening and healing those ouchy parts where we were once connected so that we can build new, stronger, healthier connectors. … it’s work! But I have a great feeling about it. We are just trying to relax in the flow for now *:)
I am into making a quick and easy breakfast for my son, Sebastian, and I before we head out to work and school in the morning. We usually go for choices that pack in superfoods, protein and are light on the carbs and sugar. And then if you want to get creative each morning but still keep the base, throw in different fruits, seeds or nuts to mix it up. We never get bored with breakfast this way!
1 Cup ~ Trader Joe’s Nonfat Plain Greek Yogurt – extra creamy and delicious – very high in protein!
1/2 Cup ~ Trader Joe’s Frozen Wild Boreal Blueberries (grown with no pesticides in the Boreal region of Quebec) (http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/TIP04590/Go-Wild-with-Blueberries.htmlTrader Joe’s)
1 TBSP ~ Trader Joe’s Chia Seeds (http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/QAA365093/Chia-for-Health.html)
1/2 Cup ~ Raw Oats
1/4 Cup ~ Walnuts
Drizzle of Organic Raw Blue Agave (optional)
Can you tell we love Trader Joe’s? hmmmmm? mmmmmm mmmm good