To live a life of gratitude is to open our eyes to the countless ways we are supported by the world around us.

-Gregg Krech

Seems many have resolutions, words, phrases or commitments for a new year. I shared in my previous post that last year, I held the Zen Proverb of “let go or be dragged.” Yes, I “held” it as an intention. In the process of reminding myself of this intention, many things seemed to change. I can honestly say that 2018 was a lovely year, even thought it had a very rocky start. I had to let go of that, too.

Gratitude is more than an intention for me. It is a way of being, of living, of seeing experiences – mine and others – for what is. “What is” can often be challenging to observe and experience. We are accustomed to jumping in to fix, or clean up whatever is broken, or not going the way we think it should go or be. When we let go, and see what is there (without attachment to specific outcomes), we are free. We are free to see more clearly; free to feel what we feel and free to allow “it” to be as “it is” without judgment, angst or any other action oriented emotion that we may stuff back in, only to stoke more of the same until it becomes toxic.

Sounds easy enough. And it’s not always that easy. I am human and can find myself facing experiences or people, that might trigger something in me (that I wasn’t aware was still there) or I am otherwise vexed by what I observe as their apparent behavior. Both of these can take me away from the essence of myself and keep me from seeing what may be there for me to see or better understand about myself. And, as I am disconnected in those moments, I may not see what is really there in someone’s behavior beyond my own negative feelings. In other words, I may not see with my heart. Compassion would not be the first feeling that arises when I am triggered – not for me and certainly not for the other.

So, how does all of this relate to gratitude? Well, for me it is this way. As I have worked on becoming more of an observer of my life, my experiences – past and present – I see the “what is” as exactly that. It is “what is” right now…in this very moment. There is no need to hang on, become emotionally triggered or jump into the old habits of behavior that many (including me) expected. For all of this, I am grateful. In fact, when I AM triggered or vexed, I am grateful for those moments as they are revealing to me something else that has been “in there” and not yet disinterred for observing and healing.

As humans, we are very powerful. Our thoughts matter; and with our words, our reality unfolds before us. Now that I am clear about the impact of my thoughts, words and actions on my individual experience, I find that observation is even more important. When we slow down to observe; to pause and not react, we find a different response – if any response is necessary at all. That is something for which I am deeply grateful.

Gratitude is being grateful. Gratitude is taking the time to offer a “thank you” to another person or to the Creator (God, Spirit or whatever you call him/her). Gratitude is a celebration. Gratitude is life. Gratitude is love.

“When a person doesn’t have gratitude, something is missing in his or her humanity. A person can almost be defined by his or her attitude toward gratitude.”
– Elie Wiesel

The greatest “thank you” we can offer is expressed in one of my favorite quotes from Meister Eckhart.

If the only prayer you said was “thank you”, that would be enough.


“a new day” by Loco’s Photos. Thank you, Lori.





The greatest gift one can give is thanksgiving. In giving gifts, we give what we can spare, but in giving thanks, we give ourselves.

– Br. David Steindl-Rast


Thank you, all, for reading what I offer and for your acknowledgements. I am grateful for the opportunity to be here, now.

Enjoy this beautiful reminder of the gifts we receive every day.

A Grateful Day

Love and peace to all.


gratitude for love

Do not be dismayed by the brokenness of the world. All things break. And all things can be mended. Not with time, as they say, but with intention. So go. Love intentionally, extravagantly, unconditionally. The broken world waits in darkness for the light that is you.

 – L. R. Knost

Here in the US, we celebrate Thanksgiving this week. Some may feel that there is not much to be grateful for, given all of the natural disasters, gun violence and other such tragedies which have befallen us in this year. Many more look to those in government for help, assistance or to simply be saved from all that is negative in their lives. We often forget our own power, our inner light, the love which burns brightly within each of us, if we have not buried it with fear, anger and unacknowledged grief.

Perhaps it is easier for many of us to continue to carry these concepts forward – to write about them, speak about them and live them – when we are otherwise apparently comfortable, not having visibly (to others) suffered any real traumas.

This is a good time to be reminded that none of us ever doesn’t suffer some type of painful experience, trauma or significant loss. Some experiences are simply more visible than others. And yet, think of the stories that you’ve read or heard about, in which an individual or group is out helping others, even though they may have suffered some unimaginable loss of their own.

This is a good time to be reminded that we all have the capacity for love, because that is who we are…LOVE.  We come from love and to love we will return. At this time of year, especially as we observe losses, traumas, and unimaginable circumstances in our world, may we remember LOVE.  May we remember our own individual eternal light, shining from within. As we share the light that is our love, the light shines even more brightly. We become a beacon for others.

So why not tap that limitless source of love and light that comes to us, through us, and connects us all….to each other?

Love intentionally…even if it hurts at first. Love is also the salve that heals brokenness.

Love extravagantly…our hearts have great capacity; and even when broken, are broken open…and that creates even more space and increases capacity.

Love unconditionally…reach out to those who are different; allow others who see or believe differently than you to simply be as they are. Acceptance is a practice with rich rewards.

Be grateful for love. It opens, teaches, offers, supports and returns…again, again and again.

So go.

Be love.



silence and stillness

In silence, I hear. 


With gratitude to those whose words have inspired me to find my way into the silence that is always there awaiting my listening…with heart. Finding this silence in meditation, in nature or in some of the otherwise mundane tasks of the day, I hear…deeply…what is for me to know and feel in my heart.


In stillness, I find, remember and further develop my strength.


With gratitude to the yoga instructors, many of whom are spiritual teachers; for their guidance, tuition and wisdom. Developing greater strength within my body, I find strength of heart, mind and connection to Spirit. Pranayama serves to deepen as well as facilitate stillness in the integration of body, mind, spirit.



this site…updates


Today, I wish to share some of the other pages on this site that many of you may not have seen, as emails are not generated when they are updated and they do not show up in the WordPress Reader for other bloggers to see.


Drops of Wisdom is another page that is updated from time to time. I created it to post “…brief inspired messages or quotes from authors or teachers. They are updated periodically, with the newest offerings added to the top of the list. I hope you will return occasionally to find a drop that resonates for you in the moment.


Images – is the page where I share information on the photographer whose pictures I use, more than my own, in my posts. That page has a link to her Facebook page. In addition, you can see some of her photos for sale at Fine Art America or by clicking the “Shop Now” button on her Facebook page.


Contact – If you wish to reach out to ask a question or offer a comment that you prefer to not leave on a post, please feel free to click the page and your message will come directly to me.


I am grateful to you and the time you offer as you read my posts and take time to reflect and comment. All of your comments are meaningful and deeply appreciated. I feel that we learn so much from each other and we deepen our understanding, or challenge our thinking, as a result of what we have read or said. I reflect on your comments and will often question what I have written…or what may have been at the root of the writing itself. Thank you.