Poetry ~ Gratitude

I am reblogging the 2017 version of my 2013 Poem entitled Gratitude for all to enjoy. I must admit that I felt quite buoyant a year ago. Meanwhile back here in 2018, I have felt depressed for several weeks. I still maintain a gratitude practice and blogging here is one of the sustainable joys in my life.

I also want to acknowledge all indigenous people all over the planet who anchor wisdom, tradition and integrity despite all the indignities they have suffered at the hands of the “discoverers”. Let’s all try to love another better and make kindness a habit rather than an occasional behavior.

PS Sorry that I  have not gotten around to responding to many of your comments.  Please be patient with me as I get caught up.  🙂

Namaste, litebeing

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We celebrate Thanksgiving in the United States today. Gratitude practice is a large part of my life every day, in personal reflection and in my work as a therapist. So I am re-posting my gratitude poem from 2013 for you all to enjoy.

I have so much to be thankful for this year. It only took me a few weeks to obtain a new job, one that actually found me! I shed the victim persona, practiced Dr. Joe Dispenza’s chakra blessings meditation, and kept the faith.  I am grateful for renewed purpose, new friends and old, my beautiful nieces, and some improvement in health.

I am also thankful for my new mittens, that I found when I was shopping for something else. They are colorful, warm and very cozy, a pleasant alternative to my beloved gloves that did not last long as a pair in my possession. Life is…

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Poetry ~ Gratitude

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We celebrate Thanksgiving in the United States today. Gratitude practice is a large part of my life every day, in personal reflection and in my work as a therapist. So I am re-posting my gratitude poem from 2013 for you all to enjoy.

I have so much to be thankful for this year. It only took me a few weeks to obtain a new job, one that actually found me! I shed the victim persona, practiced Dr. Joe Dispenza’s chakra blessings meditation, and kept the faith.  I am grateful for renewed purpose, new friends and old, my beautiful nieces, and some improvement in health.

I am also thankful for my new mittens, that I found when I was shopping for something else. They are colorful, warm and very cozy, a pleasant alternative to my beloved gloves that did not last long as a pair in my possession. Life is about choices, compromise, and the willingness to dream a new dream. I am blessed to be able to dream again and allow new visions to take shape. Hint, hint, that is a thinly veiled reference to my blogging challenge taking place NOW.

While my life is far from perfect and it may appear that the planet appears to be imploding with negativity and regressive attitudes and actions, there is always hope. Every breath is a new beginning.

Where there is darkness. the promise of light is certain. Where there is light, there is love, and lite.

namaste, litebeing

GRATITUDE

G – Generosity of spirit manifesting in each moment, with each inhalation

R- Resilience in the face of darkness, supporting me through many a storm

A- Ability to share myself through writing, teaching, healing, BEING

T- Twinkle of light in a child’s eyes, the sunset, my heart

I – Inspiration that never ceases to amaze me and warm my soul

T- Treasures that unfold effortlessly and in a multitude of forms

U- Unconditional love , from Dexter, family of choice, my friends near and far

D-Dreams manifesting mysteriously and magnificently, especially here at WordPress

E- Eternal miracles, just waiting to be discovered, right under my nose

Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holy-day. Maybe that’s because it arrives so close to my Midheaven, or perhaps it’s my mother’s incredible stuffing. Then again it could be the ability to include anyone you want at the table, without the pressure of gifts or material constraints.  Less hype, more substance.

I personally am not a fan of holidays in general. The Quakers were right in saying that every day is holy. It can be if we choose to live and love in each moment. What makes Thanksgiving sacred to me is the idea of a tribal feasting and gratitude practice. Frankly there have been some years where I had difficulty reciting my blessings round the dinner table. Life has not always been kind or simple. Tomorrow it will difficult for my family to shut me up when it is my turn to share my blessings. With tears in my eyes and a glow in my heart, I am so aware what a remarkable year this has been! No, it has not been without challenges, mishaps, losses, and delays. But this is the first time in decades where I have realized so many of my original dreams and desires. Sometimes I just have to pinch myself. I never knew life could be so incredible…

But then again, it’s probably the stuffing, yummy!

Wishing you and yours a Blessed Thanksgiving, even if you do not formally celebrate! Let the love and bounty into your heart and tell everyone that you love them…

poem by litebeing chronicles © 2013

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Poetry ~ Gratitude

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We celebrate Thanksgiving in the United States tomorrow. Gratitude practice is a large part of my life every day, in personal reflection and in my work as a therapist. So I am re-posting my gratitude poem from 2013 for you all to enjoy.

While I have decided to spend tomorrow alone, without my family, I will not neglect my gratitude practice. While this year was difficult for me health-wise and financially, much has changed over time. I am so grateful to have a new job ( today is my 6 month anniversary) where I clearly see my gifts unfold in the changes my clients are making in their lives.

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I am grateful for Kokoa, my brand new dark brown Honda, whose driver-side electric window works. Isn’t she pretty?  I love finally being able to go to a drive-through or toll booth without having to open the car door. I am grateful for finding some amazing new co-workers and recently landing an excellent clinical supervisor to help me pursue my LCSW. It was around 1 year ago when I discovered that I could no longer remain credentialed and that getting the next level of licensure was the only option available. I am very grateful to Wendy, who is helping my re-work my nutrition and guiding we towards improved wellness. This is a work in progress, but I am optimistic that I can learn more about food and herbs in order to heal my body, mind, and spirit. I am also grateful that my week and a half vacation begins NOW!

While my life is far from perfect and it may appear that the planet is imploding with negativity and regressive attitudes and actions, there is always hope. Every breath is a new beginning.

Where there is darkness. the promise of light is certain. Where there is light, there is love, and lite.

namaste, litebeing

GRATITUDE

G – Generosity of spirit manifesting in each moment, with each inhalation

R- Resilience in the face of darkness, supporting me through many a storm

A- Ability to share myself through writing, teaching, healing, BEING

T- Twinkle of light in a child’s eyes, the sunset, my heart

I – Inspiration that never ceases to amaze me and warm my soul

T- Treasures that unfold effortlessly and in a multitude of forms

U- Unconditional love , from Dexter, family of choice, my friends near and far

D-Dreams manifesting mysteriously and magnificently, especially here at WordPress

E- Eternal miracles, just waiting to be discovered, right under my nose

Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holy-day. Maybe that’s because it arrives so close to my Midheaven, or perhaps it’s my mother’s incredible stuffing. Then again it could be the ability to include anyone you want at the table, without the pressure of gifts or material constraints.  Less hype, more substance.

I personally am not a fan of holidays in general. The Quakers were right in saying that every day is holy. It can be if we choose to live and love in each moment. What makes Thanksgiving sacred to me is the idea of a tribal feasting and gratitude practice. Frankly there have been some years where I had difficulty reciting my blessings round the dinner table. Life has not always been kind or simple. Tomorrow it will difficult for my family to shut me up when it is my turn to share my blessings. With tears in my eyes and a glow in my heart, I am so aware what a remarkable year this has been! No, it has not been without challenges, mishaps, losses, and delays. But this is the first time in decades where I have realized so many of my original dreams and desires. Sometimes I just have to pinch myself. I never knew life could be so incredible…

But then again, it’s probably the stuffing, yummy!

Wishing you and yours a Blessed Thanksgiving, even if you do not formally celebrate! Let the love and bounty into your heart and tell everyone that you love them…

poem by litebeing chronicles © 2013

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Poetry ~ Gratitude

Just in case I don’t pop up here before Thursday, I am reblogging my poem
on gratitude. I re read it and it still rings true today. Blessings on the wild Full Gemini Moon and a bountiful Thanksgiving to all who celebrate. Namaste, Linda

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GRATITUDE

G – Generosity of spirit manifesting in each moment, with each inhalation

R- Resilience in the face of darkness, supporting me through many a storm

A- Ability to share myself through writing, teaching, healing, BEING

T- Twinkle of light in a child’s eyes, the sunset, my heart

I – Inspiration that never ceases to amaze me and warm my soul

T- Treasures that unfold effortlessly and in a multitude of forms

U- Unconditional love , from Dexter, family of choice, my friends near and far

D-Dreams manifesting mysteriously and magnificently, especially here at WordPress

E- Eternal miracles, just waiting to be discovered, right under my nose

Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holy-day. Maybe that’s because it arrives so close to my Midheaven, or perhaps it’s my mother’s incredible stuffing. Then again it could be the ability to include anyone you want at the table, without the pressure of gifts or material…

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Simple Things

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Whenever I would journal or recite my daily gratitude practice, I always included Dexter. Whenever I prayed, Dexter was always a prominent part of the proceedings. Truth be told, Dexter really gave me a reason to breathe, live, exist, especially during the dark times. And there have been some dark times. 

So how do I go on without a strong compelling reason?

I’ll tell you how.

By looking for and appreciating the simple things and maintaining some semblance of routine.

Lofty aspirations do not apply. Neither do high expectations.

So let’s roll. Here’s some simple things that keep me incarnated:

Chocolate covered waffles at Whole Foods ( where have you been all my life?)

Meeting new bloggers like Rara and Wolfie who are full of vitality, passion, and humanity in the best way.

“Random” people who seem to be in the right place and time, like the cool lady at Target who searched for me all around the store after finding one denim jacket she thought I might like. I did like it and it fit like a glove.

After I was sad about the ending of the Nurse Jackie series, I decided to binge watch back to the very first episode. New motto: After the ending, revisit the beginning. I am currently at Season 3. Noticing nuances I have missed the first time. Kinda like cable series reincarnation. Or Edie Falco shows reincarnation. I like to revisit the Sopranos too. I miss James Gandolfini. He is dead and so is my dad. He reminded me of my dad. No, my dad was not in the mafia. But he was an actor ( amateur) and he liked my mom’s baked ziti. And he was also a complex character.

We will leave it there.

Thanks to the cable guy who gave me Showtime for free so I can binge watch Nurse Jackie.

Free Netflix trial so I can learn why orange is the new black and other cool stuff.

More foods I can eat again; say hello to tomatoes, raita, salad, beans, cabbage, and strawberry preserves. Welcome back!

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The radiant August sun, both relentless and nurturing as it showers me with warmth. I love my Leo gals as well. Here’s a shout out to Deb, Renate, Ka, Julie, and Tamrah Jo.

Deepak and Oprah’s Meditation series on Grace. It is over now and I missed a few, but I relished the chance to reflect on Grace.

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Afterall, without Grace, how else would have Dexter found me?

As like most scenarios, we have come full circle. I am grateful to have come full circle. I take comfort in this fact.  I appreciate circles too. Why?

They are simple things…

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Emotional Rescue ~ Gratitude Rising

I am noticing a liteness of being lately. Could be some lovely transits. Could be the result of my spiritual practices. Could be all or none of the above. Does not matter as I remain grateful. 

You can listen to this while you read: Emotional Rescue

I am grateful to WordPress for making linking so much easier, way cool…

My income tax return arrived about 2 months late. HOWEVER, I was given an extra hundred dollars! Thought it was interest, but apparently I made some mathematical errors. I have been filing my own taxes since I got my first job and dear readers, I have never received extra money from the IRS! It is glorious to temporarily have more than enough money in the bank. Thank you!

After receiving the money, I get iced tea at McDonald’s. I pay for a medium drink and this lollapalooza size iced tea is planted in front of me. “Isn’t this a large?” “Yes, this one is cheaper than the one you ordered.”

Later that day I treat myself to a sushi lunch. I am so grateful for the splendor of beautiful fresh seafood and the ability to treat myself like a queen:

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There is something stunning about the simplicity of Japanese cuisine that elevates my mood and evokes purity.

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O Toro is the ocean in one bite. Salty, smooth, sweet, unctuousness to the next level. You must experience this for yourself. It is all about the texture. 

Matt Kahn is my hero. I spend many a night listening to his videos right before I fall asleep. I have recently heard that I am not the only one doing so. He whispers sweet nothings to my third eye and heart when my mind ( aka the universe) isn’t watching. His love is palpable and I carry it with me throughout my day. I am so grateful to find someone with a new message and a strong mission of healing our planet.

I wonder if the feeling of monetary abundance will propel me to raise my vibration. I may be oversimplifying this notion here, but I am referring to what happens when you function as someone who feels relieved and more peaceful. Matt speaks often about the magnificence of being a spirit in human form. Being in a body is not an inconvenience or a punishment, but a wonderful opportunity! When I hear him speak, I am so often reminded of my friend and blogger Sarah. Her blog domain is sayyestoeverything. Is this a coincidence? C’mon, if you read my blog even infrequently, you know the answer. What is interesting is that I do not even think she knows his teachings. The blessing here is that when some positive message is reinforced for me, its intensity becomes stronger! So I see Sarah in Matt and Matt in Sarah and that is beautiful.

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Mars entered Cancer today. I feel less fried and hyped. Having Mars behind your Natal Mars in awkward at best and unsettling at worst. I am excited for my Mars return to arrive and set me on a new action cycle, whee! I have been crying like a baby on steroids and loving each wave of emotion as it arises. Love it or not, Mars in Cancer is my default position and it makes me more me!

The past few days make me consider the theory that the Universe is always conspiring in your favor. There are realities where the IRS gives you extra money and McDonald’s gives you extra iced tea and also slows you down so you can digest new material. I am working on becoming someone who can envision the most ridiculously over-the-top circumstances. I remember watching people being offered jobs while on the interview and thinking that is such crap, until it happened to me! Last year I was offered 2 jobs within about the space of 2 weeks. I did not believe it until it happened. It is time to create outrageously, rather than wait for the Universe to deliver your pizza before you believe in pizza! I am not a fan of belief anyway; I look for confirmation or validation. But faith is another thing entirely. I will be honest here, I have never been much of a faith person either. However, I am coming to the realization that trust is essential to living with a whole heart.

While I bitch and complain sometimes about my dependence on the internet, I am grateful for the ability to communicate with all of you. My mom and I were talking recently and she shared how she really prefers letters and phone calls to email or Facebook. I replied that without the internet it is unlikely that my writing would be available to others. She agreed with me on that point. There are so many facets to the utilization of technology. Do you brag that you no longer watch television, yet you sleep with your smart phone on by your bed? Do you text during dinner? Do you text while driving? Do you withdraw from in-person interaction more and more? Today the Moon in Libra can be a reminder to find some balance.

The thing is, the world we inhabit is spinning faster than ever and the advancement of technology is bombarding our collective psyche beyond its apparent limits. This is where faith and grace come in. There has to be some order. I have given up trying to understand everything, but not on stepping into my birthright of magnificence. We must rescue ourselves. We can choose to assist one another as we evolve and develop. I choose to say yes, with no reservation.

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Gratitude on the Move

Update 6-2-15:  A few hours after today’s full moon I saw a bunny and it was hoppin’. Not sitting still like a bump on a log, not this critter. He (or she) was gray and white and on the move. Seems like a good sign to me!

With the help of some friends seen and unseen, I uncovered some pre-weekend gratitude for your enjoyment and inspiration:

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Linking Grateful Dead with gratitude for movement between liminal states

Finding inexpensive phone charger online for my “antique” cellphone

Avocado adds such a yummyness to an ordinary sandwich

An explosion of transformative material on WP today

Completing my art project ( which will be uploaded upon receipt of said phone charger).

An opportunity to finally try the magic elixir called apple cider vinegar in a simple pasta salad.

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 New ways to look at not so new situations

longwood172015The generosity of May’s bounty

Effortless divine encounters with former strangers reappearing as friends ( or angels).

Dexter blissfully passed out on a chair

Hay House Summit material 

Today is the final day of the summit, but there is still time to take in some lectures or videos or purchase a package here

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While I am still finding my balance, my roots are firmly grounded in Gaia

I continue to make my way across a new threshold, guided by the seen and unseen, one breath at a time..

Blessings to you on this woolly wild thankful Thursday.

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An Extra Serving of Gratitude

Ready for some more gratitude?

Saw 2 deer this morning from outside my window

I am really diggin’ Matt Kahn. It has been quite some time since my mind has been blown in a good way. His take on Atlantis and Lemuria answers questions he has no way of knowing I have been asking.  I gave up expecting an answer, so this information transmission was truly out of left field.

I have been virtually pain-free today in my lower right abdomen, such a blessing.

I do not have to obsess over every punctuation mark, this is blogging not Shakespeare!

Speaking of blogging, this is my 333rd post!

Speaking of blogging part 2, Sindy had started a new blogging challenge and I am so excited, yea!

I made an extremely difficult phone call today and I am still alive to blog about it. As far as I can surmise, this interaction did not go well, but I am proud of my ability to do what is necessary to take care of me and Dexter.

Another new moon ushers in another beginning..

And finally ~

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I have many more photos to share with you!

 

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Grateful for Gratitude

I rather be grateful for gratitude than cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs, or would I?

Humor is one of the many things I am grateful for today. I have received plenty of wonderful suggestions and resources recently in response to my appeal for help. Resuming my gratitude practice was one of the ideas that rang true for me. In light of the fact that I have to deal with a very scary and upsetting conflict this week, I am jumping back to gratitude with abandon, using this platform as a way to document my notice of what brings me joy and peace.

Please continue to think of me and walk with me through the storm, now more than ever, so that I feel less alone and more grounded in love.

So as a nod to David Letterman’s final days on late night television, I have created a Top Ten List:

TOP TEN THINGS I AM GRATEFUL FOR:

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longwood1620159 Awesome images from my recent trip to Longwood Gardens. 

8 Finally learning how to wrap images around text!

7 Birds aplenty ~ singing in the morning, chillin’ on the grass nearby, and surveying the terrace for birdseed and a glimpse of Dexter ( and myself.)

The color green

5 Recent discovery of dark chocolate sauce that goes with just about everything

4 I was on the Washington DC to New York City bound Amtrak train in November, but not on Tuesday.

3 My odd, sarcastic sense of humor

2 Seeing my sense of humor and irony reflected back to me while watching David Letterman on TV off and on over the course of 33 ( yes 33) years.

And the Top Thing I am Grateful For:

1 Being led to the teachings of Matt Kahn. Where have you been all my life? The messages that arise from Matt are provocative, reassuring, and utter nourishment for the soul. Visit him here and decide for yourself. A few noticeable synchronicities occurred for me while watching 2 of his videos. They added another layer to my awareness that his particular style is a good fit for where I am in my development. Thank you to Barbara for introducing me to this amazing teacher that has given me a sense of hope and a new way to see my Self.

Namaste

 

PS I am not planning a Mercury retrograde post, but if you want the real lowdown, check out Mike Lutin’s site here.

A Break in the Action

Here’s to some gratitude while I prepare for tomorrow’s total eclipse. First, thank you Leigh for inspiring me to upgrade my radical gratitude practice. Thank you Dewin for inspiring me to take another look at how my art can impact others ( I used Dancing Rainbow Wheels as today’s header image).

With Ceres on my Ascendant ( give or take a degree) , I have a huge heart and a caretaker persona. While I do not have any children of my own ( long story, perhaps I ‘ll share another time), I always have others to nurture. My animal companions are among my favorites and all my pets ( including my gerbil back in Junior High) are my babies. The love I receive sends my heart chakra into orbit. While lately my heart has been shaken with odd pains and surges and gas, etc, my heart melts when I interact with Dexter.

He loves to meditate with me, which is hysterical. I have been doing the latest Deepak/ Oprah 21 day challenge and when the music starts to play during the intro, Dexter will stop whatever he is doing and hop on the couch to join in. It is amazing how tuned in he is to this practice. He also knows when I am going to sleep as he springs into action and tries to follow me as I get ready for bed.

I just snapped these two photos. Dexter is not a “camera ready” kinda cat, so it is a miracle that I was able to catch these shots:

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Here he is, barely awake. Otherwise , he would have pounced out of his bed within seconds of seeing me with camera-phone in hand!

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When I see him all comfy cozy in his cat bed, snoring away, I feel like all is right with my world. It is such a privilege to take care of him and watch him peacefully relax in slumber.

Is this the calm before the storm or a break in the action? Or just a quiet moment to reflect on how fortunate I am to be able to give and receive love.

Who are you grateful for?

What opens up your heart chakra?