Although I took a blogging break and vacation in July, I continued two daily practices that are essential to my well-being: my daily gratitude practice and cultivating compassion meditation. Not surprisingly, I had the best vacation of my life thanks to these practices. I hope you are enjoying the summer and feeling grateful.
Thank you for winning the Hattori Cup; potlucks with my Ohana; ahimsa–non-violence; realizing that peace is a 24 hour/day practice; one-to-one from Apple.
Thank you for blogging breaks; being instead of doing; Emiliana connecting me with Daniel Ellenberg; John Newton’s Amazing Grace; role models of change.
Thank you for new visions of how to serve others; self-validating my experiences as a man; Esalen; knowing in my heart of hearts; new playgrounds.
Thank you for the energy of Donner Lake; road trips with my wife and sons; double finale fireworks shows; how my sons want to invite every new acquaintance to their next birthday; meditation in the woods.
Thank you for time alone in Nature; another fruitful conversation with Elad Levinson; being a leader in men and compassion; the positive emotions I generated on a challenging day; realizing that others are the reflection of myself guiding me towards love.
Thank you for sleeping with my wife and sons in one bed; a fun-filled vacation in Tahoe; hearty Italian food; the safe return of my sons and wife from Nevada; the Truckee Airshow.
Thank you for daily compassion training; right thinking; clarity and purpose in life; an interview with Rohan Healy; reconnecting with old colleagues who have discovered the blog.
Thank you for one on one swim lessons for my sons; Final Cut Pro; so many creative ideas that are becoming reality; the Greater Good email blasting the Compassionate Men article; grilled portabella mushrooms.
Thank you for my 3 year old son trying to wink; Rick Hanson and his up-coming seminar; Summer of Peace.net; our babysitter Angela’s delicious fish dish; my 6 year old getting an “Inspiring Player” award in soccer camp.
Thank you for how my 6 year old told my wife that “everyone is God”; my 6 year old’s life purpose being to “blow magic into others”; how my 3 year old hugs and holds me like I wanted to be hugged and held when I was a child; Japanese Tapas; the romantic date with my wife.
Thank you for hearing my older son tell my younger son, “God made the first person. Did you know that?”; 100 tennis balls+1 basketball+8 kids+a day in the park; Ask Teal; Geo Sans guiding me towards Interchange Counseling Institute; children laughing in movies theaters.
Thank you for James Doty at CCARE; firemen; coaches and guides to help me reach my goals; my wife’s open-mindedness; Apple one-to-one coaches.
Thank you for the way my son maintains constant contact when I sleep with him even if it is just a hand on my shoulder; all my wonderful blogging friends who are giving me a break; Santa Clara University; a close friend surviving a gallbladder operation that revealed a malignant tumor that was caught in time; the unfolding of God in everyday life.
Thank you for ice skating shows in the middle of summer; season passes to Great America; Hawaii; Kate Courageous and the Coaching Blueprint; a summer to remember.
Thank you for yoga sessions with my wife; my parents arranging and paying for these beautiful accommodations in Kona; body surfing with my sons; fresh mango and papaya; salt water in the air to remind me of the ocean God that is always here.
Thank you for meditation by the ocean; Hawaiian sunsets; Ohana; learning to think “May you be free from suffering. May you find peace and joy” during arguments; my sons excitement when they are with their cousins.
Thank you for how my 3 year old son has kamaka honu–eyes of the sea turtle; Kukio; Huli Huli Chicken; Lava Flows; private excursions with my wife.
Thank you for manta rays; the different climate zones on Hawaii; macadamia nut butter baked fish; shave ice; solo hikes to the ocean.
Thank you for sea turtles, Kona coffee; fishing with my sons; the City of Refuge; talking story with close friends.
Thank you for my cousin Marie; malasadas; the Toyota Prius the rental care agency gave us; Puako Point; reconnecting with Christian Enns.
Everyday Thanksgiving: June 2013 (everydaygurus.com)