Grateful–for All and Every

When I received my friend’s invitation
to savor these last few days of peace
before we head into 4 years of fear,
my first reaction was,

“We get what we expect.”

Wouldn’t it be great to be able to look around and beyond
the fear
so that we could see and receive grace
in our fear?

Since we’re all afraid of something or someone,
it’s worth looking at how we might acquire, develop,
cultivate the practice of gratitude for all and every,
beyond our day-to-day feelings of gratitude for
the good and great things in our life—
our family, our friends, our home, the sunshine,
the woods, the sea….etc!

As Rumi said, we need to embrace those sorrows and fears
because they might be clearing us out for “some new delight.”

Here’s the video I made for you.

When we’re able to welcome all the feelings and events …
THIS is when we truly find peace.

We stop looking out THERE for things to make us feel good
and we start looking IN HERE to find our truest, most sacred self,
the one that reveals our happiness and our grace.

As we head into the New Year,
I invite you to set an intention
to honor yourself by cultivating gratitude
for the good, the bad, and the ugly of life
so that you can begin to see
the grace and beauty in even the most upsetting
circumstance,
perhaps as something we’re meant to learn from?

I’m right alongside you on this journey.
Let’s explore together!

Wishing you many blessings in the New Year and Always!

Paula

p.s. Here’s the full poem by Rumi,
13th century Afghani poet:

The Guest House.

This being human is a guest house.
Every morning, a new arrival; a joy, a depression,
a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows
who violently sweep your house empty
of its furniture, still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing, and invite them in.
Be grateful for whoever comes
because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.

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