Everyday Thanksgiving: December 2014

This is my archive that I will post at the end of the month. Note that some of the things I am grateful for have not happened yet, but I am creating the reality of them happening through gratitude.

Just talked to a woman who was forced into meditation due to migraine headaches. Turns out that if she didn’t start meditating, the migraines might have developed into cancer. Reminded me that there is always something to be grateful for, even in “necessary suffering.”

December 2013

Spirit Rock Meditation Center

The view from Spirit Rock Meditation Center

Thank you for the couple’s retreat at Spirit Rock; the beautiful North Bay; listening to Tara Brach with my wife; a second Thanksgiving dinner with my brother’s family; the power of intentions.

Thank you for the symbiotic counseling session with Marika; past life experiences that illuminate present life experience; saudage; increasing the frequency of presence; burnt cornbread.

Thank you for the one-on-one time I got to spend with my wife; school photos; hugging my son when he is tantruming;  how my 6 year old decorated the tree by himself; “love never melts” said by my 6 year old son.

Thank you for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire; learning not to be controlling, competitive, or critical with my sons; present fathers; central heating in freezing weather; the possibility of snow this weekend.

Thank you for watching Jett do the lion dance; the Compassion and Technology conference; all the compassionate connections I made; hot chocolate on a cold day; how the youth of today speaks compassion.

Thank you for the one-on-one time I got to spend with my wife; school photos; hugging my son in the midst of a tantrum; how my 6 year old decorated the tree by himself; “love never melts” said by my 6 year old son.

Thank you for Adyashanti’s reading of the Christ Story; getting an Amma-like hug from Adya; Maya’s song about the blood of Christ being the love that flows through the Universe; warm socks on a cold morning; realizing that good chicken soup is more broth than vegetables and chicken.

Thank you for B. getting a break; sleeping in; the gift of massage from B.; Chinese medicine; Tui Na massage.

Jett with StormtrooperChristmas in the park with Stormtroopers and Jedis; cheap carnival rides for kids; spinning teacups; museums that cater to kids; warm panini on a cold night.

Thank you for giving testimonials as a Christmas gift; Rara’s Christmas post; lunch with old colleagues; one of my old colleagues stating that I am thriving; sleeping in the living room with the boys.

Thank you for how Jett hummed Christmas Carols the whole time we were decorating the tree; the spirit of Santa Claus; 60 degree weather in December; learning to practice redemptive love; how Fox talks to himself when playing alone.

Thank you for a 7 day vacation with no computer; self-compassion even when I skip my gratitude practices.

Thank YOU dear readers, Bloggers for Peace, BBFs, and spiritual partners for an incredible 2013.

What are you thankful for in 2013? Please share.


21 comments on “Everyday Thanksgiving: December 2014

  1. smilecalm says:

    i’m thankful 2013
    continues beautifully
    at this 2014 moment 🙂

  2. Alison says:

    I’m thankful that your post reminds me to be thankful.

    • Kozo Hattori says:

      Haha, yes, Alison, re-minding ourselves for gratitude is the such a life-changer. I’m thankful for all the traveling I get to experience vicariously through the lens of your camera and your insightful prose.
      {{{Hugs}}} Kozo

  3. NotAPunkRocker says:

    Thank you for this post. It is a perfect way to start the week.

  4. ~meredith says:

    I’m thankful I can read. I’m also thankful for the beautiful, gnarly, happy, grouchy, frightened, loving and silly words collected and published every day. xx Meredith

  5. BroadBlogs says:

    Looks like you have much to be thankful for.

    I’m thankful that you remind me to be thankful.

  6. Monsoon Treasures says:

    I’m thankful for stories.


  7. I am thankful for being cloaked in light and to feel myself healing physically and spiritually.

  8. seeker says:

    thank you for everything great and small.

  9. Lead Our Lives says:

    Gratitude truly opens our hearts, doesn’t it? Blessings to you and yours in this new year, dear Kozo.

  10. diannegray says:

    2013 was an amazing year with extreme highs and lows, Kozo. I wish you and your beautiful family a loving and prosperous 2014 filled with mega hugs! Love, Dianne 😀

  11. Kozo, your gratitude for your life map of past and yet to come is totally inspiring and I’m so happy to be able to read you, did you know your words are healing? they are to me. I’m thankful for heart friends (like you) and the awareness of understanding with each year that passes…it’s my resilience which aids in my perseverance of staying mind, spirit and body healthy. Helloooooo 2014, I’m ready!!!!!

  12. tw says:

    Your thank yous are always heart-warming Kozo. I am thankful to still be here, un-medicated, feeling better and spending more time with my son. I’m also thankful for all the kindness and support shown to me from around the world that saw me through some very dark days. Happy 2014 to you all, sending a rainbow of peace your way

    • Kozo Hattori says:

      Happy 2014 to you as well, my courageous friend. I know 2013 took you to the edge, but you survived to lead us all to a higher consciousness. Much health and love in 2014 Tracy. Love, Kozo

  13. Meg Evans says:

    Hi Kozo, love your blog! I am thankful for the Internet and the joy of sharing stories and making connections. I’ve resolved to visit and comment on a positive blog every day in 2014, bringing more kindness and peace to both my life and the world. Glad I found my way here today; there is much wisdom in your observation that although some things we write about have not happened yet, we are “creating the reality of them happening through gratitude.”

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