A Youtube friend of recent aquaintance (http://www.youtube.com/mahanomi) challenged people to journal on 10 things to be grateful for and to post it as a video response. I don’t know if I’ll do that or not but the idea intrigued me enough to do it. So in no particular order (and I’m not sticking to 10 as once I started contemplating the things I feel gratitude for I found it hard to stop. Which as far as problems go would be one I would wish for everyone
- My Family – Aaron, Zev, Amanda and our various pets. Each in their own was has been such a gift to me. Aaron and I have been together for 12 years. We are so different in outlook yet we share a language and interests. He has done amazing work in his field and he is one of the most creative, thoughtful people I have ever met. Zev, my son and teacher. Now twelve, with all the challenges that brings. He is so full of life, love and energy. We have so many commonalties tho he is totally his own person with astonishing presence and self-posession. Amanda, my foster daughter, who has helped me so much with developing and using my empathy. Our Various pets (Rufus, Maggie, Brownie, Princess, Luke)
- My Senses and my ability to perceive the phenomenal world – The Navajo have a beautiful prayer / greeting, “May you walk in beauty”. It has taken me many years to realize how much of that has to do with attitude and outlook towards life. Now more often than not, I have been seeing beauty express itself in my life way more often even with things that I once would have found off-putting.
- Souce, Spirit, The Way, God – However you wish to refer to that higher power from which we come, who’s nature is unconditional love.
- My Imagination- We all have this amazing ability to create something from nothing. We can see how the world can become a better place and make it so. We can see how we may become better, happier, more centred and evolved people and make ourselves so.
- The Earth-Mother and Provider. Forests, Beaches, Mountains, Cities.
- The Sun
- The amazing group of family and friends I have found in cyberspace- I have met so many amazing people from all over the world. I have shared laughter, tears, thoughts, beliefs, art, poetry, music and so much love.
- My Parents – who raised me to believe that I could be anything that I wanted and showed me that there may be barriers along the way. They have been amazingly supportive.
- This journey of discovery that I’ve been on
- People (including Government, Religious or Corporate entities ) whom anger or frustrate me because they too show me who I am and areas in which I need to grow
- My art and writing- Self-expression rocks. Finding ways in which I can express myself rocks even harder
- Music-Of all kinds, so central to my life.
- Books, Poetry, Blogs, Videos, Art, Movies, Theater – We have so many ways in which we convey who we are and our views / experience of the universe. Through these forms of communication, we are able to commune with voices from the past, present and reach out to those who come after us.. We walk and fly on the shoulders of giants.
- My Own Being- Within me, as within all of us, universes exist. I have found vast potential to love, grow and grow in love
- The time in which I live- There has been a spiritual and societal awakening that has been happening in the world that each month it seems becomes more and more prevalent. There also seems to be a counter-movement towards that but its fascinating to view this.
- This exercise
Here’s the hard part. To me, part of loving others in this free-will universe means allowing them the room to make decisions and hold opinions and attitudes that we not only may disagree with but may think are destructive or dangerous. Everybody has their own soul path
We can encourage and teach. We can love and pray, even try to talk to their higher selves but we can’t change them. Still they are in our lives and we in theirs for a reason. Trust their soul’s journey and trust source and love them.
when it comes down to it, It’s not the death of the human being Osama bin Laden dying that people seem to be celebrating as much as the fact that a “Boogy Man” has been banished, no longer do we have to check our figurative closets or look under our metaphorical beds, there is now a greater degree of perceived safety..
You see, to me, Bin Laden as a living human ceased to matter soon after 9/11/01, It is the MYTH that Bin Laden has become that people react to and have been for a very long time…
I have heard more sadness that so many of us, as a people are celebrating and cheering an adversary’s death and what it means as far as our own evolutionary progress
I have talked about his physical death being meaningless because the myth and how it has been sold has far outstripped the man.
I have heard questions about whether we are being told the truth. I believe a certain amount of skepticism is healthy especially given the track records of the people we vote for.