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.”
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.
Christmas 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.