Thankful…

Lisa Richey

Lisa Richey

A day to wake up and count your blessings. No one can name the way you are blessed better than you.

Like the adage – ‘the grass is always greener on the other side.’ – people can look at you and list the blessings they see or think they understand but you are the only one that can count the blessings you hold deep within your heart.

Wake up and begin this day grateful for all of that makes your life richer and brings you joy. This is a list that only you can make.

A new day – may it reveal all the things that brings joy and gratitude into your life.

Do you notice?

To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating; to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter; to be thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird’s nest or a wildflower in spring – these are some of the rewards of the simple life.
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May this day be touched by simple blessings. 

First thought…

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I wake up in the morning asking myself
what can I do today,
how can I help the world today.

JULIA BUTTERFLY HILL

(a network of grateful living)

Morning’s first thoughts. As the sun crests the skyline – do we awaken thinking of ourselves or do we reach beyond, praying for open eyes and softened hearts?

The world calls us to greet each day ready to reach out with compassion for all beings. 

Alive


It is a serious thing, just to be alive on this fresh morning, in this broken world.
Mary Oliver

The quiet of early morning 

Breathe deep and take in these quiet moments – the time just before the first bird sings.

The spirit is near but we are often unaware. Even as her offer to encourage and inspire stands ready, we manage to proudly claim this inspiration as something of our own creation.

May you begin this Sabbath with a still and focused breath.

Morning prayer

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Thankful for dawn’s leading to the light of morning, I rise to begin a new day. I am reminded to pay attention to the dawns in my life. The times when I awaken to inspiration. Inspiration nurtured through night’s blanket of quiet and realized in the growing glow of morning.

A New Day…

These words are refreshing and encouraging. When I was young we had something called a ‘do-over’. If – as young children – we had made a poor decision or had a bad attitude we were given the chance to make it right.

Buddha speaks of each day as a ‘do-over’ –  we awaken each morning to greet a fresh start. Oh yes, the challenges and accomplishments from the previous day are with us but the sunrise welcomes a rebirth a new perspective. Before us is offered the invitation to change attitude and direction, to soften anger and practice compassion.

The path in Buddhist tradition is to live life awake to the present moment, knowing that the past cannot be re-lived and the future is always a breath away. Our actions and attitudes today are most important. Other faith traditions share the same wisdom – throughout his ministry, Jesus was often reflecting on being mindful of today not worrying about what tomorrow would bring.

No one says this is easy or always possible yet considering the idea of being ‘reborn’  each day can fill life with possibilities and fresh perspectives.  What will happen? Maybe lighten a load or fill an empty heart with gratitude. At its core may this teaching from Buddha plant a seed of grace and contentment – today.