My intention this year was to learn to cultivate more joy in my life regardless of any challenges on my plate. I’ve always known that Mindfulness and Love are key components in experiencing more joy, but I’ve been shown that Gratitude is the mechanism to “shift gears” in moving into higher states of being.
When I became ill last year, gratitude was a challenge because all I could see and feel was my debilitating weakness and pain. As they say, you don’t fully appreciate what you have until it’s gone. However, with guidance from my mentors, I was shown that it was vital to fully embrace every aspect of my health challenge. I needed to love, to thank, and hug my wounded self as if it were a hurting child. When I finally had enough energy to walk to the river again, I spent a lot of time nurturing my inner child. I also had more gratitude for the little things in life than ever before. When I was ill, I realized that I wasn’t afraid of dying, but afraid of a life unlived. By unlived, I don’t mean lacking big life-adventures. No, I’ve had those, but they never seemed to fill any void for very long. What I realized was that I wasn’t fully present in my everyday moments. I was always a step ahead of myself “preparing for the future” or analyzing “what’s next?” Time for that to change! Gratitude for the everyday little things that I had taken for granted was my renewed approach in life to help me heal and birth joy.
Last month, as I was sitting on a rock, meditating by the river, I heard a couple Goldfinches twittering nearby. I opened my eyes and looked to my left to see two finches flying and hopping on the ground about 3 feet away. I was delighted to have them so close. To my amazement, they both began to hop even closer…one passing behind me, the other in front of me! Then, the one in front hopped onto my hand!! It was only for a moment, but my heart leapt with joy, and I almost cried from overwhelm of happiness. The finches continued on to my right, twittering joyfully as they paused again about 3 feet away on the other side of me. The experience was magical — as if a fairy touched me with a magic wand! I felt my true connection to the Universe and Creation…that I AM Creation. In that moment there was no separation…I was everything!
With Thanksgiving and the holiday rush around the corner, may you find the time to appreciate and enjoy all the love and simple treasures in your life. And know that it is my prayerful intent every day to send love to all who are open to receiving it. We are never alone in this journey even if it feels like it at times.
If you’re looking for a place to feel loved and supported through any of your own challenges, or if you’d like to be part of sharing your healing intentions in a group setting, please join me and Dr. Dan Huber on Tuesday at the monthly Drum Circle for Peace. Reiki classes are another beautiful way to experience loving support and to share your love and healing with others. Please see info below for event and class info…