Daily Gratitude

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I am thankful for the colors in my life.

Give Thanks Every Day!

Ahhh, Thanksgiving, our holiday to be thankful. Some would think it’s all about having to travel long distances and put up with annoying relatives, gorging ourselves with too much food or watching a marathon of football games then passing out on the couch, snoring with your mouth open. (I can’t tell you how many pictures I have taken of relatives doing just that. )
But why give thanks for only one day? Giving thanks every day is one of the most powerful tools we posses. Look around you and see abundance everywhere, not just in what you have but in Nature and the Universe. Are you thankful for all of it?
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I am thankful for the beautiful places that surround me.

Studies have shown that giving thanks has many benefits that we don’t even stop to think about. Yet, it actually changes the way we think, changes our moods and makes us healthier.
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I am thankful and happy for fun times together.

To help be aware of being thankful everyday, keep a daily journal where you write at least three things that you are thankful for. Do it either in the morning when you get up or before you go to bed. When you get up in the morning, before you plant your feet on the floor, think of at least 10 things that you are thankful for. It’s a great way to start the day.
Tell someone you appreciate them every day, even if its your dog or cat. It could even be a stranger who holds the door for you.
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I am thankful for the beauty from my garden.

Look at yourself in the mirror. Instead of making sure your hair is looking good or your make up is on right, tell yourself that you are thankful for being you.
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I am thankful for the peaceful places that I can visit every day.

 This world is pretty messed up right now and needs more gratitude and happiness.Thankfulness makes you feel good as well as those around you.
 
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I am thankful for my home.

Happy Thanksgiving today and every day.

From Chaos to Stillness

 

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Times are difficult globally; awakening is no longer a luxury or an ideal.   It’s becoming critical.

We don’t need to add more depression, more discouragement, more anger to what’s already here.

It’s becoming essential that we learn how to relate sanely to difficult times.

The Earth seems to be beseeching us to connect with joy and discover our innermost essence.

This is the best way we can benefit others.

~ Pema Chadron ~

 

Awaken to Amazement

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Those who are Awake live in a state of constant amazement.
~ Buddha ~

I am always in amazement of the mighty, towering Sycamore trees. Their majestic and ghostly white trunk and limbs stand out against the background of the evergreen trees, scenic backdrops and the stunning sunsets we experience here in Arizona.
They are known to reach heights of 100 feet where they grace our canyons, streams and rivers with their beauty.

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A closer look at their bark reveals patterns that resemble a paint-by-numbers project we did when we were kids.

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We don’t get the brilliant red leaves during this time of year like on the East Coast, but the Sycamores are one of the more brilliant colors we get to experience.

You can never have enough of Nature.
~ Henry David Thoreau ~

 
And speaking of trees …. stop over at the Tree of Life.

"Ob-stuh-kuh-l"

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Obstacle: [ob-stuh-kuh l] …something that obstructs or hinders progress.
So what happens when we come upon an obstacle while hiking? We climb over it or walk around it.
What happens when we find obstacles in life? Same thing.
They say that obstacles are what one sees when we take our eyes off our goals. The obstacle can’t stop you no matter what it is or how big it is if you truly want to reach the other side. Other people can’t stop you. Circumstances can’t stop you. The only one that can stop you is yourself. Are you your own obstacle?

climb over it

go through it

work around it

Use that obstacle as an opportunity to learn and grow even though it may be difficult. You can give up or you can figure out how to turn it around and make it an opportunity.
What obstacles have you encountered on your journey? How have they strengthened you?
Hindsight is always 20/20. In retrospect, what obstacles have made you grateful and strengthened you?
You poses unstoppable energy to get through any obstacle in your life. You already have everything you need.
Connect and reconnect with your awareness.

“You don’t attract what you want, you attract who you are.”

~ Wayne Dyer ~