I'm so grateful to stop and listen. I'm so grateful to share eye contact. And I'm so grateful for the overwhelming love that fills my heart! Yesterday, for the most part, I was needing silence and a deeper connection. That need was met when I went to see a little boy that I love who happens to be diagnosed with Autism. Within our silence as we played fort under a blanket the most beautiful connection was made. I love this child and my heart swells every time I am with him but last night was different. For almost 30 minutes we not only had the most beautiful eye contact but within that played a game of mimicking each other's facial expressions. His laughter as always was music to my ears. In leaving last night I felt a whole new level of love for this child and for myself. The power of silence opened a new door. As I called my best friend last night I had reservations because again I was feeling the need for silence. I am so glad I called because he had some things he needed to share and in that space I was able to listen more clearly than ever in my life. I'm so grateful to be able to honor my need to not speak. I'm so grateful that even without words there is so much language in eye contact, in listening, and in the love of the heart. I'm so grateful today to still feel that swell in my heart. I'm so grateful for all this little boy teaches me about what it is to connect and what it is to be a friend. I'm so grateful that as a "teacher" I learn so very much! I'm so grateful not only for this boy and for all the children that are teaching us every day but also for the families that listen and this one in particular for opening their doors to me. I'm grateful for friendships that are true bonds that last beyond the comprehension of our definitions. I'm so grateful! Who makes your heart swell? When was the last time you were truly silent? Namasté.
I believe the way to a better future starts with gratitude today.