Tuesday, September 1, 2009

moment of mindfulness...gratitude

Focusing on gratitude always seems to shift more than just my attitude. It softens my heart and broadens my awareness. It moves mountains. It opens doors that I never knew existed.

As I find even the very smallest things to be grateful for, like…

* wearing wool socks on a very chilly morning as we practice Qigong on dew covered grass

* the chimes ringing at the nearby chapel that bring my awareness back to the present when I’m really struggling to stay there

* the good food that I am able to harvest from my garden to feed my family right now

* my parents being here to share their love with Jude

* the tiny seedlings that promise to feed my family into fall and hopefully winter

* an osprey’s call reminding me to look up

* the stories that jude makes up that me smile

* finding volunteer Chinese cabbage and mustard in my garden

* flowers that promise to bloom into fall

As I focus on these small things that I am grateful for, I find the world shifting back to a place of peace, joy and abundance.

Inspiration flows freely.

And I find there is even more to be grateful for, an endless cycle of

…infinite gratitude...

…infinite love...

what fills you with gratitude in these waning days of summer?


  1. What a beautiful post.
    I love what is making you mindful these days.
    The golden light of the sun illuminating my children's face, the intricacies found all around us in nature, the gifts of the gardens, snuggling in with flannel sheets and down comforters during these cooler night of autumn, campfires with blankets around our shoulders...

  2. This is so beautiful, I read it last night, thought about it all day, and came back tonight to re-read it! I couldn't agree more with you about gratitude moving mountains in our lives. I have a daybook that I've had for at least 15 years called "Simple Abundance." In it, the author suggests starting a gratitude journal, where every night you write 5 things you are grateful for from that day. I think most people know of this idea by now, but back in those free-spirited days of mine, this really struck me and I've been doing it ever since. I love looking back at old journals from the days Steve & I were dating (I am grateful that I met this great guy, and man can he cook!) or my first pregnancy years later (I am grateful I didn't feel nauseous all day today;-)

    So right now, I am grateful that Steve and I can feed our family from our backyard, and have been on top of the preserving so far this year to get us through the winter; I am grateful for my boys and all of their "help" with farm chores; and I am grateful for the new friends...kindred spirits like you that I've met through blogging!!

    Blessings on your week!


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