Archives For gratitude

Be At Peace

04/02/2015


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God loves each of us

“The greatest teacher is our own soul’s connection with the Source. To access wisdom, distortions within our human nature must be removed: beliefs that do not serve, emotional attachments that cloud. We arrive in the present moment with no agenda of our own making. Here in the eternal present, a fountain begins to rise from within. It is the inner waters of wisdom, the essential wellspring of remembering.” ~Ann Mortifee, In Love With The Mystery

My gratitude to the maker of this image with the spectacular photograph and inspiring quote. I wish I knew who to credit it to and will certainly add it as soon as I discover it. Namaste. Gina

If the only prayer you ever say in your life is ‘thank you’ that would suffice. ~Meister Eckhart

Prayer changes things. Starting with the one who prays. ~unknown

Seek Him

03/24/2014

“We see God when we observe Him. When we do not put our attention on Him, we do not see the effects of His existence. It is in consciously observing Him that we create a world in which there are holy things to be observed.”

~ Marianne Williamson

Glorious Greys

03/20/2014

Nature is painting for us, day after day, pictures of infinite beauty if only we have the eyes to see them. ~John Ruskin

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micro snowflakesOn this half way point, this vernal equinox, the planet is poised between black and white, darkness and light, teaching the lesson of the bountiful beauty to be discovered amidst the shades of grey.

“Thank You God for this day.” My daily prayer, a mantra of sorts, is something I say a lot. Often aloud and definitely daily.

Thank You God for this day.

Today where I live it sure doesn’t look or feel like the first day of spring as the calendar indicates. The sky is filled with wet spring snow. Angled sharply with bursts of wind, it stings the face and causes treacherous driving. As I drove the lad to work this morning (the transit service to his work is awful) and the grey sky pelted at the world, all I could see was the beauty. Gorgeous shades of grey.

As you know I believe in practice. Everything gets easier with practice. We have to keep at things, and they will get easier. Because I say Thank You God often, I live mostly in a state of gratitude.

snowy branchDuring today’s commute, all I could see was my blessings. How lucky my son and I are to be travelling safe and warm in this car. I am thankful for excellent tires and the great condition my husband keeps this car in. I give a prayer of thanks for my husband. And just look at all the other good drivers, paying attention and signaling like I do. And the colour, oh the gorgeous shades of grey everywhere! The misty effect the blowing snow gives to the very air as it moves and undulates is breathtakingly beautiful. To actually see the air the way we can with falling snow is really a kind of a miracle.

So rather than view it as awful, and what ‘shouldn’t’ be happening, I feel so much better when I tune into a sense of celebration in my heart for this moment. Now. I am thankful for the beauty and blessings of this life and I feel, at times, like I see priceless, incredible gifts everywhere I look. Joy is contagious and I want you to catch it with me!

See the soft shades of grey and the undulating shapes in the wind-driven snow and sleet. Come back indoors and give thanks for the shelter. Give thanks for scarves. Get back in your car and give thanks for the security of being able to drive somewhere warm, and indeed back home as well. Make some tea and give thanks for that.

lovely shades of greyI’m not saying I don’t wish spring would arrive and get blooming. I’m suggesting that we look for and find the beauty right here, in every moment. Every day is the most beautiful day of the year, up to this point, don’t you agree? We are lucky to be here today, and this is the weather today comes with. I choose to see the beauty now (even if I would rather see blooming bulbs in my gardens).

Do not allow yourself to feel crestfallen if the first day of Spring blows in like a lion, whipping snow around and keeping bulbs and buds sleeping.

Let’s say it aloud together:

Thank You God for this day.

And thank you for the gloriously gorgeous greys.

Copyright © 2014 Gina ~ Professions for PEACE

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In celebrating greys, one of my favourite bloggers came to mind. When I revisited, once again this incredible post reverberated through my soul. If you have seen it already, perhaps visit again. And if not I am certain you will be uplifted and mesmerized by the beauty this talented artist captures. Thank you Sriram. You bless us with your wise poetic heart and skillful eye.
http://sriramjanak.wordpress.com/2013/12/27/mind-seeing/

What Do You See

03/03/2014

Faith sees the invisible, believes the impossible, and receives the impossible.

~ Corrie ten Boom

“We can transform our lives by changing the way we think about possibilities. We are prone to picture our future as an extension of our past. But we have no guarantee at all that our future will be anything like our past. The nature of a conscious shift is the release of an old belief system, replacing it with a new and grander one.” ~ Alan Cohen

Today’s Affirmation: I open my mind to the new and the better. I bring my vision to life with faith and action. I live in a universe far grander than I can imagine. Thank you God for this day!

Being Grateful

02/08/2014

Being Grateful = Being In Love With Your Life

Lately I’ve been observing that as I focus on gratitude my love affair with my own life increases and blossoms. If one can do no more, let us say, or even think ‘I am grateful. I am thankful. I am blessed. I am grateful. I am thankful. I am blessed.’ Repetition is encouraged.

This gorgeous group of artistic images makes my heart sing. From online sources I gathered them together as I pondered Jack Kerouac’s encouragement for us to ‘be in love with’ our own lives, every detail of it. I’ve shared this quote recently with different art because I like returning to themes as I examine a certain topic. . . such as, lately, being in love with our lives.

Love for life blossoms in the present moment as we are grateful for what is going well in our lives. As we contemplate and focus on what we’re already blessed with, we begin to really see. . . blessings are everywhere

Even after the darkest of times the brightness of joy returns, just as spring follows winter and dawn follows night. Every dawn is a beautiful occasion to help us foster gratitude. Enjoy this incredible, brand new morning, waiting with untold opportunities of new and better things. Carpe diem!

© Gina ~Professions for Peace
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[Images from Pinterest, Tumblr; original sources could not be found.]