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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

practicing gratitude

"This very moment is the perfect teacher, and, lucky for us, it's with us wherever we are."
                                                                -Pema Chodron
I am thankful for so many many things it would be so difficult to name them all. As I go along in life, I realise the importance of practicing and cultivating gratitude...for everything. Of course all the major things like good health,  family and friends.  But...also the things I normally take for granted. Like fresh air, clean water, an amazing poem, sunlight dancing on water, a perfect cup of tea. But I am finding-more and more-that it is equally important to be grateful for what, in the past, I have perceived as negatives. You know...plans that have gone awry, betrayals, disagreements, things we have worked so hard for that just fell through... smallness of heart (either mine or anothers'). I realise that all of these things, as well, are our teachers and bear gifts for us. It's difficult, I know, when you are smack in the middle of pain and heartache, to go "gee, what are the gifts I can take from this experience??" But those gifts are there...precious and waiting...and it's the practicing of gratitude that allows us to receive them. I promise.
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I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving full of love and warmth...family and friends and a multitude of blessings. We are all down with the flu over here but still counting our many, many blessings. I am taking a mini blog break these next few days...will be back here soon!! xxx

9 comments:

ArtPropelled said...

In retrospect we can find the gift in those painful experiences. Thank you for reminding us to step back and recognize the silver linings. A wonderful Thanksgiving to you and your dear family, Soraya!

jane said...

Thank you for a thoughtful post, and for quoting my friend, Pema, who has been my guide through everything beautiful and difficult. (Oh by the way, I'm grateful for you!) xo

SooZeQue said...

You always write so beautifully. Hope you all get well soon. No Fun. Trying to grateful during the rough spots is always a challenge ~ a big challenge. Perhaps if we an accomplish that we know we have truly grown.

Lis said...

Beautiful interview Soraya! You never cease to amaze and inspire me with your fearlessness and thirst for creative expression, freedom and love. I come to you when my colors have faded and you always reinvigorate my senses, my passion and my desire to give this life a huge SQUEEZE!

In gratitude and thanksgiving for your friendship and support ... and as one mama of a sassy girl to another - celebrate this time with arms wide open! (For many reasons, but because the sass will increase ... oh yes, tremble now ... but the love and wonderment also increase to offset the sting of that sass!)

xo Lis

p.s. How's that book coming? " What book?" you may ask ... the book of all of your sumptuous images ... I NEED that book ...

patty said...

Oh,no - the flu again?? Yikes - so sorry to hear it! but glad you are out here reminding us of these simple truths in the midst of it. that is practicing what you preach in its finest form, my friend! hope that you are all feeling better by tomorrow!! XOX

lisa said...

I hope everyone is all better soon Soraya!

Kelly said...

I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving! I'm so sad that you have the flu bug again. Boo. I am grateful to be your blog buddy. :)

PatH said...

I am grateful for you and your inspirational words. I hope you all get well very quickly and have a happy Thanksgiving day!

ritabanerjisblog said...

I hope this one posts :-) But many thanks for soul-friends whose ideas and thoughts resonate with ours and who make for comforting companions in our lives travels and travails -- that's you dear Soraya!