Be in the Now and Practice Gratitude
Last week’s Full Moon was intense and I’m not sure about you and your experience, but mine just exhausted me as so much in my world challenged me to contemplate everything I’ve taken for granted. I know that the outer conditions of my world don’t define me but they do reflect back what I need to learn and adjust to as I integrate that learning. The week after a Full Moon is when I can really dig into what I need to let go of. This week is letting go of the concept of controlling outcomes.
A dear friend’s husband crossed over too young after an arduous time with cancer, and even after seeing countless healers and working so hard on shifting his mindset, his body just gave out. It’s hard to accept that even though so many of us in our small circle were so convinced he’d make it, it was his time. He was a miracle in so many ways. Honoring that, being grateful for his exuberant, ever curious and loving presence in our lives, reminds me to slow down and adjust my speed and see where I take things for granted. Life on Life’s terms isn’t always the way we want it. Often times the surrender comes with pain and loss. But change is the only constant and knowing that helps.
My husband’s elderly father has been dancing between worlds as well last week and it teaches me of the importance of gratitude and love, forgiveness, and how powerful the gift of attention is. So much is calling for our attention these days, it’s like the world feels like it’s in a blender and we don’t know what kind of smoothie or soup or mush will be the result. I know the agitation is what catalyzes change but there are many days where I wish I was Samantha from Bewitched where I could wiggle my nose, hear the tinkle tinkle tink sound, and everything would just stop.
Then I remember that I know what to do! I have magic anytime I need it!
It’s all about slowing down and listening with my heart.
Meditation is my double go to these days. Twice a day I make the space to contemplate gratitude and ask for help to surrender.
So I offer you this prayer I’ve been saying a lot lately. Let me know how you experience it.
God grant the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference.
Life is an eternal blessing.
Don’t forget—Kiss the ones you love, cast out hate of any kind, help a stranger in need, breathe in gratitude.
I hope we all can remember this week.