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Gratitude and sharing the blessings

Gratitude and sharing the blessings

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No matter how you celebrate the bounty of autumn, I wish you well this week. I hope you enjoy this chance to renew bonds of community and family ties, to share in abundance, and to feel humbled by gratitude.

You may be honoring Indigenous People’s Day and supporting Standing Rock water protectors. You may be cooking up a traditional Thanksgiving with family and friends, practicing peace in a divisive time. You may be fasting and meditating, hiking out in nature. Or something else altogether.

I like this simple quote: The grateful heart sits at a feast. No matter our circumstances, we can be grateful for something or someone. This breath, this body, this earth, these beloveds. None perfect, but all serving perfectly.

It is humbling to count our blessings. Most of all we get to be grateful for another day of life. Another chance to live up to our ideals, to make our values manifest. How can we build and share compassion, empathy, connection together? How can we continue to share the blessings, not just during the holidays?

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Healing Quotes

“Everything in life that we really accept undergoes a change. So suffering must become love. That is the mystery.”

– Katherine Mansfield

“In order to be a good warrior, one has to feel this sad and tender heart.”

– Chogyam Trungpa

“Now is the moment, Here is the place of Liberation.”

– Alex Grey

“The next message you need is always right where you are.”

– Ram Dass

“It’s time again. Tear up the violets and plant something more difficult to grow.”

– James Schuyler

“We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.”

– E. M. Forster

“There is deep wisdom within our very flesh, if we can only come to our senses and feel it.”

– Elizabeth A. Behnke

“We are the facilitators of our own creative evolution.”

– Bill Hicks

“Your absence has gone through me like thread through a needle. Everything I do is stitched with its color.”

– W. S. Merwin

“The big question is whether you are going to be able to say a hearty YES to your adventure.”

– Joseph Campbell

“Human beings are not born once and for all on the day their mothers give birth to them…life obliges them over and over again to give birth to themselves.”

– Gabriel Garcia Marquez

“Joy moves always to new locations,
the ease of its flow never freezing.
A long winter’s tale is over. Now
with each spring day, a new story.”

– Rumi

“Our only security is our ability to change.”

– John Lilly

“Don’t run away from grief, o soul
Look for the remedy inside the pain.
Because the rose came from the thorn
And the ruby came from a stone.”

– Rumi

“Grief is not a task to finish,
And move on,
But an element of yourself –
An alteration of your being.
A new way of seeing,
A new definition of self.”

– Barb Mather

“The absolute tranquility is the present moment. Though it is at this moment, there is no limit to this moment, and therein is eternal delight.”

– Hui-Neng