I am thankful for the opportunity to grow fruit and veggies in my yard..
Love how it's helping to put healthy foods on the table along with life lessons for my daughter and a great family bonding time for my family unit...
It also provides a way to relieve stress and provide a sense of accomplishment...
Love getting my hands dirty and seeing everything grow..
What are you thankful for today?? Do you have a garden??
Gardens can be small or large or even in pots...
I am thankful for my husband and that he's still on this earth with me and our daughter..
Almost 9 years ago he collapsed with strep/pneumonia...he had been battling an unknown issue since March of that year (2011)..no one figured it was a rare strain of strep that turned into pneumonia... They bought him back twice that very scary day which resulted in a coma for 5 days and a long upward battle to where we are today .. It was made even harder for me with a newborn and moving to a new city... And yes...our love..our faith were definitely tested..
Now I try not to take anything for granted and sometimes I do.. I am human after all... Plus I try to count my blessings every day...
I am so thankful that my husband and our daughter are both here to share this wonderful life with me..
It's time for the Gratitude Project!! Some of you may remember this from livejournal maybe....
The Gratitude Project runs every year from August 1st to September 21st for this year (this project ends on the 1st day of fall..).
Like mentioned above this began over on livejournal by estaratshirai many years ago now, the Gratitude Project celebrates the abundance in our lives. Every day, participants post something they are grateful for. No repeats--you can be grateful to the same person on different days, but it must be for different reasons. Small gratitudes are fine as well. Participation is not limited so If the Gratitude Project rings true with you, go for it.
***Gratitude Project Day One:
I am thankful for my daughter, june bug... she has been a blessing from the moment I found out I was pregnant.. I love her grace, her laughter, her kisses & hugs, her sense of humor..love her from her head down to her toes..I will always be grateful for her being in my life.. she is my joy...l will always love her now & forever..
Images from when she was much younger...
Have you ever wondered what it means to live in the present?
Well, the actual term used for this state of mind of "living in the present" is referred to as "mindfulness". Some of you may have heard of this??
The clinical definition of mindfulness is-
Yes, we do because everyone has the natural ability for being fully present of where they are and what they are doing while not being overly reactive or overwhelmed with what is going on around them. However, the question is a matter of wanting to and allowing our natural abilities to be present is what it truly boils down to.
So how do we allow for living in the present or obtaining this mindfulness?
While mindfulness is something we all naturally possess, it’s more readily available to us when we practice on a daily basis. Yes, this is a form of living that has to be practiced because in general life doesn't foster these natural abilities with the "always on the go" lifestyles most of us live.
YOU have to decide to bring awareness to what you are directly experiencing via your senses, thoughts and emotions. YOU have to decide to change your state of mind to being mindful or not. Plus there's various research that when you train your brain to the natural state of being mindful, you are actually remodeling the physical structure of your brain. Something to think about..
So how do you practice Mindfulness??
Well, again that depends on you but below are a few ways to include Mindfulness in your daily life-
Remember YOU decide on your state of being and how you live...
Great quote that I am trying to incorporate not only in my personal daily life but also in my private practice--
“Mindfulness is awareness that arises through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgementally,” says Kabat-Zinn. “And then I sometimes add, in the service of self-understanding and wisdom.”
Video below by Jon Kabat-Zinn:
by Danusha Lameris
I’ve been thinking about the way, when you walk
down a crowded aisle, people pull in their legs
to let you by. Or how strangers still say “bless you”
when someone sneezes, a leftover
from the Bubonic plague. “Don’t die,” we are saying.
And sometimes, when you spill lemons
from your grocery bag, someone else will help you
pick them up. Mostly, we don’t want to harm each other.
We want to be handed our cup of coffee hot,
and to say thank you to the person handing it. To smile
at them and for them to smile back. For the waitress
to call us honey when she sets down the bowl of clam chowder,
and for the driver in the red pick-up truck to let us pass.
We have so little of each other, now. So far
from tribe and fire. Only these brief moments of exchange.
What if they are the true dwelling of the holy, these
fleeting temples we make together when we say, “Here,
have my seat,” “Go ahead—you first,” “I like your hat.”
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