Of Harsh Reality & Want of Sweet Dreams

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I am tired. Exhausted. Sleep needed like a skiddish kitten, taunts me with its sweetness then claws me in the face. Coughing fits to tire my body. Wish they would purge my soul. My heart is weak and strengthened. It hurts and feels lifted. The roller coaster of my life is causing the bends. I can’t seem to find a stable foot to stand on. A place to ground me. A place to hold me. I long to be seen and cherished in the view uncovered. I want to be hidden, mysterious. Hide my need, deny them until their existence disappears. Need just leads to disappointment. What do I need? A safe place. A safe person. A place of beauty and light. A face to place against mine. A body to wrap around me, protect me, and to wake up the skin with delight. To sparkle ecstasy in eyes of acceptance and peace.

To feel, unbidden, unbridled, uncontained. To burst with happiness, excitement and love…

and so shall be…mine.

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Healing by Gratitude

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Greet the day with a smile and a whisper of thanks.

Those who have the ability to be grateful are the ones who have the ability to achieve greatness.” ― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

Got no checkbooks, got no banks. Still I’d like to express my thanks – I’ve got the sun in the mornin’ and the moon at night.” ― Irving Berlin

“[Gratitude] turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity…it makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” ― Melody Beattie

When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.” ― Maya Angelou

Just an observation: it is impossible to be both grateful and depressed. Those with a grateful mindset tend to see the message in the mess. And even though life may knock them down, the grateful find reasons, if even small ones, to get up.” ― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

When you are grateful, fear disappears and abundance appears.” ― Anthony Robbins

Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.” ― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

In the end, maybe it’s wiser to surrender before the miraculous scope of human generosity and to just keep saying thank you, forever and sincerely, for as long as we have voices.” ― Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia\

Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer. And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good.” ― Maya Angelou, Celebrations: Rituals of Peace and Prayer

Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.” ― Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose

Forget yesterday – it has already forgotten you. Don’t sweat tomorrow – you haven’t even met. Instead, open your eyes and your heart to a truly precious gift – today.” ― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

God gave you a gift of 84,600 seconds today. Have you used one of them to say thank you?” ― William Arthur Ward

When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.” ― G.K. Chesterton

Eucharisteo—thanksgiving—always precedes the miracle.” ― Ann Voskamp, One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are

An attitude of gratitude brings great things.” ― Yogi Bhajan

A grateful mindset can set you free from the prison of disempowerment and the shackles of misery.” ― Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

Quotes from GoodReads

Extra Resources

Gratitude Journal

Grounded in Gratitude

Gratitude Board

 Bruce Sallan’s Seven Attitudes of Gratitude

Dream a Dream…

Dandelion

Explore Dream Discover Envision Wish Want

Dreams are a way of knowing what will make you happy

*Daydream meditation-let dreams flow onto your paper, using your non-dominant hand

Do what you love

My deep dreams are peace & stillness. Calm amongst the chaos. Deep breathes taken frequently & stretches with my body. Play. Laughter. Tickles with Littles. Feeling my body in the here & now. Grounded. Whole Complete. Move. I want to have my own chickens & bees. My own fabulous vegetable garden full of yummy things to eat. A flower patch for sitting near to dream & gaze into. A moon garden for sleeping under. A fort for the children to conquer & protect. Smiles & Earth. Outside & open. Surrounded by wonderful smells of vanilla & honey. Beeswax & lilac. Blueberry & strawberry. Heaven scent. Teas for sipping. Wine in a tall glass. Delicate. Sucking the richness of life. Leaving this Earthly body empty. Used up. Emptied out. All dreams exhausted & spent. Fulfilled in their own way. Listening to the thoughts of others. Helping them on their path. Seeing the God in each of them. Holding the hands of my boys  & walking together. Running. Filling our hands with dirt & mud. Learning in the world. Leaning into life full tilt. Exploring. To give the messenger an ear-full to send to the Creator.

What does your ideal day look like?

What parts of the day bring you the most joy & fulfillment?

If money, time people or life was no object right now what would you do, what would you start, where would you go?

What steps would you have to take to make your dream a reality?

If I could I could…

Yup. I got a lot to do. Off I go to see & make my dreams come true!

How about YOU?! What are your deep dreams?

#MarchofThanks

Thank you

Picture courtesy of LilyandVal

This month I practiced:

Marching Into Gratitude

A letter each day of thanks with a pic. Here is the list:

(Pics on Instagram)

A is for….All the Amazing snow

B is for boys, belly buttons & blue, I am so thankful for all of you!

C is for Culture. Phantom of the Opera on Netflix. Yes!!

D is for dog doctors. Poor Jack and his ouch ear…

E is for the extraordinary ordinary everyday. Each exhale a gift.

F is for Fingers found and the flush of love they create & hold

G is for Glimpses of glowing grace. Glitter. And now I want a prairie dog name Gaga Giblet…

I am thankful for, starting with H:  House of bricks & wood Home of flesh & bone

I am incredibly thankful for Innovation & Iteration. The constant change that is life. Mostly. And Imagination. The best dreams didn’t even come close to the heart filling wonder of his smile

Shout it out! We are so thankful for our amazing Uncle J!!! The best. My only. Brother J.

Thankful for the L words: life, laughter & love.  Perhaps those are all one truly needs…

M is for music. The soundtracks of our lives.

N is for night and nature, the places where dreams & birds fly

Ode to O! Oodles of bubbles and Open hands

P is for…the pull & pursuit of pulchritude (beauty) in this place. The present. And poets…

Q is for…questions. Living with them with open hand.

R today, almost forgotten! R is for radiant rays of sunshine on shoulders. The rising revolution of my soul.

S…The safety & sensuality of being seen

T is for tickles & tapping hearts!

It might be upside down but this is U. Utterly un-matched. The Arch.

V is for vegetables & vitamins. And sliVers of moon

W is for…wonderful water to wash wounds and whisper wild dreams…

X is for xylophone. Of course…

Y is for yoga and the yes found there. A way to come home to myself…

Z is for zooming-Embracing change without pain. @Seth Godin
And cameras that zoom in…

A alphabet of thanks completed.

What’s next?!

 

Spring Envisioned

Spring Envisioned

Spring is coming so very soon.

The Earth blooms anew.

Is it time for you to do this too?

Purple Roses

All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them. -Walt Disney

Play List

I Had a Dream by Pricilla Ahn                       Mamma Mia Soundtrack I Have A Dream

Otis Redding I Got Dreams to Remember     That’s What Makes you Beautiful

Dreams are straining to be born and realized. Remembered and pursued. Like lovers. Embrace them with your whole heart and give in to the desires of your soul.

What are your dreams?

What do you want?

What if…

Throw out the question of how and just let your mind run wild with daydreams.

Affirmations: My dreams have beauty and value. I will treat them, and myself, like precious jewels. Awed by the power my fantasies hold.

I turn my dreams into reality and even if I don’t, there is value in dreaming

What are you waiting for?!

Dreams. Delicious dreams.

 Ones that linger in the mind upon waking. Those that keep you up at night.

Dance with your dreams

Do them!