I'm grateful to wake to the sound of gentle rain. I'm grateful for my morning meditation. I have been struggling with having my meditations interrupted the last several days and today I decided to just observe this frustration instead of trying to fight it or succumb to it. Partly I was able to do this knowing that this is the last morning of my four-legged house guests and partly to prepare for future situations in which this very well could become the norm. I observed the tightening feeling in my jaw and chest and the way my brain wanted to coil back into the mantra. The mantra became not a way to relax and tune in to start my day but a way to escape the craziness of the house. No wonder it was not working! But as soon as I observed this I was able to relax into the chaos, becoming the calm in the storm. As I sunk into a peaceful state the dogs quieted too. Instead of climbing all over me they stood quietly all around me, starring and periodically licking me. As my frustration melted away, their activity calmed (within their ability anyway). Once again I am reminded that life truly is my reflection! I'm so grateful to once again see it in action and know that I can shift things, simply by shifting myself. I'm grateful for a world that believes in change and that more people are becoming aware that it starts with us. We are still meditating at 9 pm (in your time zone) each night to quiet our minds and visualize a peaceful world. What are some stresses in your life lately? How can you find peace within yourself? If you enjoy visualizations, perhaps a rainy day like today is just the ticket! You can visualize the rain washing over you and rinsing the stresses away. The shower is a great place for this release as well. However you choose to find inner peace, I hope it leads to an
I believe the way to a better future starts with gratitude today.