Gratitude

Gratitude is the foundation of love. We are grateful for life, every little expression of goodness, and every wonderful thing that is given to us or comes our way. Without gratitude, we cannot hear the joyful song that is forever playing underneath the appearance of normal life. Every morning when we wake, we can remember to focus our thoughts on the beauty of the day ahead. We can still our mind and remind ourselves that the mind of the Divine is guiding and protecting us. We can place our loved ones within the safety of that Divine care. We have so much to be grateful for, at very least, the wonderful opportunity that life is. Not one of us can ever be apart from the nurturing, protecting Love which sustains us in every way and always has. Continue reading “Gratitude”

Appreciation

Dancing to the Same Rhythm

Dancing, at its best, is independence and intimacy in balance. As in all areas of life when people have to work closely together, dance couples often argue. Appreciation goes a long way in healing and transforming stressed relationships. Some time ago, my dance teacher decided to try and reduce the arguing which frequently accompanies the practice sessions. He asked his training couples to stand in a circle and then, one-by-one, to say something they sincerely appreciated about their partner. They did what he asked and, almost imperceptibly, a sense of peace seemed to breathe into the room. My teacher reminded his students that none of them could know how long they would have their dance partner or even their dancing career and it would be good to be grateful for their partner. The rest of the practice was indeed calm, cooperative, and harmonious. To dance with another person or to work or live or create anything with another person is a privilege. Such a thing cannot be bought, only freely given as the gift of oneself. It should be respected. Continue reading “Appreciation”