Reflections on Gratitude and Peace

by Patricia on

On the Monday after a Taking It Lightly weekend, I am often physically tired yet deeply peaceful. Every weekend reminds me why I do this work – hearts are opened and sometimes literally a life is saved. It is rewarding to see someone get their giggle back or find forgiveness and peace.

So this afternoon, after a powerful and playful Taking It Lightly, I quietly (and slowly!) move through my day, saying a constant prayer of gratitude. Grateful for lots of love in my life, for the skills to ride the waves of my emotions, for my home, food to eat and good health. Grateful for the opportunity to do the work, to share my heart and see others find joy again.

All that gratitude deepens the feeling that I am love and expands my peace.

What are you grateful for? I encourage you to walk through your house and be grateful for all you see, then to quietly sit and mentally review your life with a focus on gratitude (letting any thoughts of lack or future fears just flow on by). Feel the peace grow in your heart.

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Patricia October 5, 2010 at 1:54 pm

I received this comment via email:

Thank you for the reflection on gratitude.
A book I am reading is “One Simple Act” by Debbie Macomber.
Subtitle: Discovering the Power of Generosity.

Thanks to Mary for adding to my list of books to read!!

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Monica October 6, 2010 at 1:49 pm

Our journey here on earth is a miracle. The lives that we touch are truely gifts which have been brought to us by a higher power. My life has been blessed by many. Over the last few years I have found myself in a different world and unfamilar territory . I wonder why is is that I have been brought here and what missions in which my higher power brings me here to accomplish. I wait patiently with all respect work, pray and eat as needed. I realize that I am in his power called to watch over others as I saving grace for them. An elderly man on the corner locked himself out of his home, he is widowed and alone. I remind him of his wife…The neighbor next door is ill and requires a reason to go on as well as a sense of purpose. He has taken to our family and watches over the children. His wife fears the inevitable and God has blessed us all with friendship and love. I am grateful for the graces in which each day brings and this incredible journey of life itself.
Most of all I am grateful for the gift of you Patricia as you bring things to life by sharing your true heart and one hug at a time.

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Dotty November 9, 2010 at 1:13 pm

I took the opportunity to have breakfast with my dad (who will turn 75 tomorrow) and his wife Geri – who this summer was diagnosed with ALS. I am so grateful for the wonderful love and support I have in all of my family – as crazy as we all are, and for the amazing health and vitality I am blessed with. It reminds me to make more moments like these.

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