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Sweet Surprises

Published December 13, 2018 by tindertender

I love it when I’m doing laundry and find money I didn’t know I had. The surprise of an extra $32 has me dreaming of what it will buy.

Another sweet surprise is the fact that working overtime is actually a pleasure. The company I now work for is like working for extended family, family you choose. While it gets dark outside and I’m still there, I am happy, knowing that I am doing all I can toward the success for all who spend so much of their time there.

I did not have to make dinner tonight … it was made for me. All I had to do was serve myself.

I squeezed in time to wash a load of laundry. That will be one less load I have to do this weekend.

The additional DMSO cream I purchased arrived today, making cuts and scrapes disappear quicker than ever before! My tattoo is nearly healed, ready for the finishing touches.

Peace has found me … or is it I who have found peace?

I hope it lasts this time … it seems after reprieve something always comes along to stretch capacity once more. These trials … I’d like to call them blessings, but to be honest, I do not know what the outcome will be when all is said and done.

Since uncertainty is the case, I set myself to counting blessings. When I get frustrated, I try to state inwardly a list of all that I am grateful for. This is an amazing practice that can turn a foul and dark situation into light once more, rather quickly too.

It can be difficult at times to find anything good in life, so it is best to start out ridiculously small … as in, I am grateful to be breathing … or I am grateful to have hair … or a jacket in the rain … or a fur baby who adores me … or sight, to see the patterns in the sky, or rocks, or in anything at all … or the ability to hear, or taste, or sense that which seems to be beyond the visual.

I am grateful for the capacity to choose to be calm, when at one time I would rage. I am grateful to be at the point of recognizing myself in others … some at a stage I once was at, some at a stage where I aspire to be some day.

I am grateful for life … this blessing that is often difficult to comprehend.

This treasure …

Waking To Full Consciousness

Published March 2, 2018 by tindertender

I wake once more at 4:30am. I sit at my desk and light an incense and a candle. I ponder the nights dreaming and can hardly remember what they were about. This must mean I slept well, yes? It is Friday and my coworker has the day off. Although business is fairly slow this means I will have more to do, I am grateful.

I find a tune to listen to as I write this blog, and I share it here.

I listen for a little while as I stretch my arms out to my sides, and I rotate my neck, loosening the stiffness from sleep. I bend forward and slowly rise, stretching my spine. Palms together now at chin area, I close my eyes and listen closely. The vibration of my voice enters the room as I open my mouth and speak a tone, Aum, three times. I fold hands together and I smile slightly, this day has begun.

There is so much planned for the next month, I find it rather difficult to remain right here, right now, in my mind. This, however is where I need to be, I want to be certain I do not miss a thing. I release expectations of the future, how things will show up. I work toward peace of mind and heart, personally, and I let it flow into the world.

My mind is rather still this moment, a blessing and relief from times past, memories of racing thoughts. I determine this spring and summer will be a time for exercise in the open air, a taking in of the beauty of nature is on the schedule. Here I am, once again moving forward as my body stays still.

And so I focus on my flesh and how it feels as the blood pulses through my body. I focus on the energetic output, listening for any signs it wishes for me to know. Relaxing my spine against my chair I lean back, and listen, breathing deeply.

I open my eyes and look around me at the things which I have surrounded myself with. Rocks, candles, incense, essential oils, a painting of a meadow in fog, tree lined and beautiful. I reach my arms above my head and stretch, bringing them down slowly to my side. The time has come to prepare for the day, I ready myself … and I let this music continue as I do.

 

The Picasso Life

Published August 9, 2017 by tindertender

I begin my morning in gratefulness, knowing that joy, happiness, and peace are my future. I am going to spend the remainder of my days listening to the flow of fresh waters and the beautiful harmony of the birds and other life in the wilderness. Peace … will be.

I look at the wall and see the canvases I have painted, wondering if I should donate them to good will, and then I realized, “These are good, and usable canvases. These can be recreated into new art which shows the current reality … the shift, from there, to here.”

Picasso LIfe
Such is our life. In our own hands, in conjunction with that divinity within, loving us every step of the way on this journey.

My life … your life … is a Divine work of art. As we began, we were amateurs, fumbling away. Our art depended on the start we received from our elders. Some of us did not get the nourishment we needed in order to produce a Picasso life. BUT ~ these experiences, when embraced over time, wounds healed through careful consideration … all of that, can be used to create the MOST beautiful art in, and around our lives, than perhaps we dared dream of.

This capacity is in all, seemingly dormant, yet brewing just the same.

Pain, anger, regret and remorse ~ love, joy, tears and happiness on all levels … these things are your personal master piece, none will ever compare, nor should they.

Build this beautiful life. This is your day, your week, your year, your life.

The beauty which you have power to create is within you. All you need do is claim it, nurture it, and watch it grow with every ounce of effort and attention you give it.

Journey Of Gratitude

Published March 28, 2017 by tindertender

Cherry blossoms
Blue Sky
Playing in the rain
Frogs & tadpoles
Salamanders
Stinging nettles
Fungi
Flowers
The smell of the earth after rain
The sound of rain landing in water, on a roof, on the leaves of trees
The rivers rush, floating on it for miles
The smell of fresh cut grass
Potato bugs
Wind surrounding body, entering lungs
Pulling vegetables from the soil tended by my own hands
Animals, pets, non-pets, flying things, swimming things and others
Fire (controlled)
Warmth
Starry nights
Friendship
Mother
Feeling fully all experience
Working hard
Relaxing too
Music
Spirit, knowing I am loved
Showers or baths or a swim in the lake or river
The taste of my hair wet with ice cold glacier water
The blue in my veins after swimming in that ice cold water
Walking in a meadow, into the woods, confronted by a startled and awakened herd of elk
Long drives
Singing
Peace
Hiking on a wooded trail
Birds singing, especially early morning
Geese and ducks swimming happy with their chicks
Collecting feathers and making hand held fans
Painting
Reading
Bicycle ride
Air deep into lungs
Sweat on brow
Salty tears
Laughter
JOY

These are just a sampling of what I am grateful for. There have been so many wonderful experiences in this life … I really like it here, I do not want this world to be destroyed. My hope is that you feel the same, and will count all of the pleasant memories you can find in your mind.

It Snowed Today

Published December 8, 2016 by tindertender

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It snowed today.

Last night was very restless and I got out of bed at 1am. I heard a loud BOOM and then the power went out. I waited until 5:30am and contacted my supervisor to let him know there was no heat or power and I did not want to leave my practically hairless dog in the cold.

It was fortunate I was here, because even after 1,098 peoples power was restored there were still 2 that were not, this house was one of them. The other house was up the street from me. There are transformer power poles behind both homes, which blew half their power. If I had not been home, it would have been too late to have power restored by the time I arrived from work. Finally at 2:30pm power was back up.

I got to thinking about what I need to do to be prepared more fully should this happen again. Winter has only begun, and chances are with the weather being so whacky, it could very well happen.

I make a mental list, I should probably write it down.

Take care everyone. I wish you well and safe.

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