"Gratitude awakens another way of being in the world, one that nurtures the heart.”
~ Angeles Arrien
As I prepared to write our November newsletter on the practice of gratitude, I looked up the etymology of the word. Surprisingly, I misread the dictionary definition. I read, “The quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and return to kindness.” Return to kindness inspired me. (The definition actually read, “…to return a kindness.”)
For many years I have incorporated gratitude practices in my daily rituals. The thought of expanding it in...
Ritual and ceremony are ancient human activities. Some anthropologist think rituals are a basic human instinct. The wisdom keepers knew that ritual ceremonies invoked a visceral experience of both the visible and invisible worlds. The bonds of community were strengthened through the use of rituals. Ceremonies provided an opportunity to be filled with a sense of wonderment.
Modern researchers have demonstrated that people who practice rituals can lower their level of anxiety and gain confidence in their own abilities to solve problems. They better navigate the di...
“Love the moment and the energy of that moment will spread beyond all boundaries."
– Corita Kent
Living consciously is a sensual endeavor.
We receive information through the five senses of sight, touch, taste, smell and hearing. These sense memories that we gather throughout our lives inform our attitudes, emotions and actions. Beyond our core senses, we have other, more sensitive, ways of engaging the world around us.
All living beings generate electromagnetic fields (or biofields) that have the ability to receive information and deliver instructions. Movement of ce...
“We are never more than one grateful thought away from peace of heart.”
– David Steindl-Rast
As I arrive at the first new moon of the New Year, I celebrate the moment in gratitude. Even though life is not perfect and fear keeps popping up in my field, gratitude calms me and allows me to be present in my own life. In Brother David’s words I, “Stop. Look. Go.”
Scientific research has proven that gratitude is good for us. Robert Emmons, PhD, reports that gratitude blocks toxic emotions such as regret, fear and depression. Grateful people are more resilient in t...