I had never thought much about physical disabilities until the autumn of 2012, when an airplane flight from Hell from Wichita, KS, to Denver – long horror story ... please don't ask! -- squeezed me into a last-row seat of a tiny Embraer jet aircraft for four hours, resulting in a severely compressed sciatic nerve that basically crippled me for several months. At first, the pain was so intense that I thought I would die, then later on, the pain was so intense I was afraid I would not. (My wife and I slept in our first-floor guest suite for some period of time.) Gradually, thanks mainly to the intervention of an excellent chiropractor, I incrementally, over a period of about four months, recovered to the point that, instead of walking half the length of my driveway, I can now walk perh
Gratitude is much closer to relinquishment than it is to attainment. We are most in touch with the heart of gratitude as we relinquish our self-centered ideas about how our life should be or how we would like it to look. As our ideals and models for some fantasied life fall away, sometimes through active letting go in practice and sometimes because life simply defeats our hopes and dreams, we are left with the bare essentials of living -- our breath, our beating heart, the wind, the birds, the sun and moon. And it is in the ongoing release of our ideas about life that life can then come to us, just as it is, and we can experience the gratitude of this immense and incomprehensible gift.
What are you noticing about gratitude as relinquishment?
for Mindful Monday
For me coloring is a spiritual practice. It grounds, centers, and calms my spirit. I often find myself wondering off in my mind as I color and find myself praying or in deep thought.
Tonite I am dealing with a host of complex emotions and I’m truly grateful for the spiritual practice of coloring as I learn to process these complex emotions. It is amazing what the simple act of coloring can do for me.
More next week on the complex emotions.
What spiritual practice(s) are you grateful for or what ones do you turn to when you face complex emotions?