Gratitude is not only the greatest of all virtues, but the parent of all others.
~ Cicero ~
as the celebration of Thanks giving approaches in the USA and i approach the 6th anniversary of living lucidly in the abundance of infinite love and gratitude, i’m contemplating thankfulness and being thankfulness with every breath… it has been said that if we could bottle gratitude, it would be the best selling pharmaceutical, since so many health benefits derive from its application and use… i’ve had several spontaneous remissions since beginning the practice of saying thank you with every breath…
may we all awaken to being conscious witnesses and grateful participants in the blossoming of beauty…
into each life, some rain must fall…
rains of harmony driven by spirited winds inundated the realm of portalandia throughout the night reminding me of the lotus… did you know these flowers, when surrounded by fire or suffering or adversity become even more fragrant just as your light, your beauty awakens in such moments and your compassionate heart shines through… thanks be that our inner light can never be extinguished no matter how dark the times feel… so, gaze into this flower, breathe in the sweetness and connect even more deeply in this moment with the lotus lightness of being you are and evermore will be… deep bows…
on this day of sharing with you an image depicting the astonishing light of your being, i also want to offer, dear anam caras, soul friends, deep bows and overflowing thanks for your astonishing light that rekindles my own when the weight of the world becomes so heavy and then i feel your beating heart and re-member all is well…
now some words dedicated to all the astonishing lights shining across the cosmos….
IfIf you can keep your head when all about youAre losing theirs and blaming it on you,If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,But make allowance for their doubting too;If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;If you can meet with Triumph and DisasterAnd treat those two impostors just the same;If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spokenTwisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:If you can make one heap of all your winningsAnd risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,And lose, and start again at your beginningsAnd never breathe a word about your loss;If you can force your heart and nerve and sinewTo serve your turn long after they are gone,And so hold on when there is nothing in youExcept the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,If all men count with you, but none too much;If you can fill the unforgiving minuteWith sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it…[and, you must be an anam cara or a dog or both…]~ Rudyard Kipling ~( except for the last line in brackets )thank you for shining brightly
’tis the season of things falling away
of the great turning and looking within
all the while smiling thank you, thank you, thank you
today’s new moon in scorpio of rebirth provides a perfect backdrop for celebrating thanksgiving and the culmination of such a whirlwind half turn around the sun back to the full moon in scorpio in may… are you feeling the magic and miracle of these potent energies teaching us and showing us the way to dwell deeply in the present moment, to come fully alive, re-membering this gift of being fully alive in this moment is how we serve the whole co-creating a cosmos of prace built on justice and guided by love…
Let us know peace.
For as long as the moon shall rise,
For as long as the rivers shall flow,
For as long as the sun shall shine,
For as long as the grass shall grow,
Let us know peace.
~ Cheyenne Prayer ~
thank you, thank you, thank you to all relatives for walking the path home together…
as i write this post, we are six hours away from the new moon in scorpio, the highest point of rebirth energy for this turn around the sun… so very interesting that i declared yesterday as my rebirthday and today as well has been a wildfire of drawing down these potent rebirthing energies…
actually, this rebirthing process actually began back in may when i felt i had climbed to the mountain top to receive the burning tablets… life started heating up and combusting in july and then went into the whirlwind on 9/11… sixty-seven days later and feeling the emerging from the birth canal under this dark moon to plant seeds of light and love and peace and joy…
will you join me in contemplating this new moon/dark sky/empty field moment as a blank canvas of limitless possibilities where we can cosmically wash away the old allowing spaciousness for vibrant color to rush onto the scene… let the scorpio symbol of death and rebirth, the serpent, journey deeply into the ground of our being resetting our energy by shining light on the repressed or blocked or painful streams and transmuting the dammed waters into their natural flowing state of joy…
such a beautiful portal for this new moon, a magical moment when the veils are lifted for us to walk through the gateway and be directly wired into source, a moment to manifest miracles… thank you for joining me in bowing to this present moment, this eternal moment, a moment of lovingkindness and compassion, peace and harmony… namaste, beloveds…
smiling now, we flow
re-membering all is well
one with nature’s rhythms
on the 66th day in the 66th year of an awakening journey along the path of liberation, i am committing to this transforming spirit and love of peace, to making every breath a moment of peace built on justice and guided by love…
thank you for joining this quest. may we all…
make me an instrument of your peace,
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy;
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.
for it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
~ St Francis of Assisi ~
every breath, every moment is a chance to be and make peace with the world…
this day, this ides of numina november, feels like the first day of the rest of my life and how potent to travel into my youth re-membering and being the dream of peace that is so fully alive in this moment, in every moment… so here i am almost a half a century ago while still a teen along with a half a million other people in Washington for the largest peace march ever… yes, squint your eyes and you can see me in the middle of the crowd standing around the reflection pool… standing in love for love, calling for peace… in this moment, with this breath i stand with you and thousands of our relatives holding hands across the planet, across the invisible cosmic realms in love for love andpeace, deep peace of the running wave we are forever…
“I offer you peace.
I offer you love.
I offer you friendship.
I see your beauty.
I hear your need.
I feel your feelings.
My wisdom flows from the highest Source.
I salute that Source in you.
Let us work together. For unity and peace.”
~ Mahatma Gandhi ~
yes, let us breathe peace unceasingly, beloveds of the beloved… shanti, shanti, shantihi…
today is the sixty-fourth day of a healing crisis, an awakening initiation and as the sixty-fourth day it is a day of totality, a day of reflecting in the still waters of timeless consciousness, the eternal present moment, the ocean of being, the see of love energy… how propitious this sixty-fourth day, this day of illumination falls on day 333 of this fourth year of the pilgrimage as 333 symbolizes revelation… what a potent day of revelation with every moment the teacher…
we venture out into the bluster
to have a heart to heart with a beloved friend
stark and naked now, she stands in beauty still
arms outstretched offering sanctuary and soulace
whispering emphatically to come inside and be, just be
surely this moment is for listening to sage tree
to come inside and rest in beauty
being home eternally in harmony
such a sweet moment of freedom
with love is all there is reverberating through every cell, every bell
listen listen listen
today is known as World Kindness Day, like you, i see every day as world kindness day and love chanting/being lovingkindness every moment…
“The first step toward living a happy life is to treat every other human with kindness. There are several steps after that, but I can’t remember right now.”
~ Dalai Lama ~
here are several ways to celebrate, add your own, let’s make this an ongoing list in progress…
*throw lovingkindness and appreciation like confetti
*pick up the tab for the person behind you in line
*share with friends the things you love about them
*deliver flowers to hospital patients
*hand a passerby on the street a dollar
*tell everyone you meet, thank you spreading an attitude of gratitude
*donate a copy of your favorite book to a library
*adopt a rescue animal
*volunteer in a local shelter or foodbank
*welcome every stranger
*pray for peace
*be gentle with yourself
*listen intently to everyone
*be a smile, a hug, balm this moment
for this week’s edition of, I wish I could show you, when you are lonely or in darkness, the astonishing light of your own being, here is a perfect image reflecting your radiance, the inner light that can never be extinguished, the eternal flame, spirit always burning brightly, drink it in and be the only you that you can be and in so being, you gift and serve the whole…
may we all awaken to the astonishing light of being exactly who we were created to be letting go of everything to be everything…