Tuesday, September 29
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Cultivating Gratitude and Joy is the Way Home

Cultivating Gratitude and Joy is the Way Home

spiritual practice, Spirituality
I have been reading Brene Brown and she makes a lot of sense! Leading a life away from scarcity into abundance requires the careful cultivation of joy, gratitude, and mindfulness--all core values of the BeguineAgain.com community. She says, "When we lose our tolerance for vulnerability, joy becomes foreboding.” Being mindful allows us to stay in the moment, avoiding foreboding. Practicing gratitude allows us to stay in the positive. Practicing these together, leads to greater joy. A life of scarcity is not really what we imagine when we imagine having scarce resources. A life of scarcity is living as if you will not have enough money, food, and other resources regardless of the actuality. It leads to living a life of greed and wanting more. Enough never even enters the equation. What wou...
Time to Rest

Time to Rest

Photography, spiritual practice, Spirituality
 “Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.” ― John Muir, The Mountains of California Shalom,    Photo Credit: Terri Stewart, near Leavenworth, WA 
TGIF: Gratitude for a Crisis Averted

TGIF: Gratitude for a Crisis Averted

Gratitude, Nature, spiritual practice, Spirituality
Yesterday as I was walking my dog, I stopped to talk to a neighbor. My dog, Sherlock, stood patiently while we spoke for a few minutes so I gave him a treat to reward his patience. He choked. It was quite frightening for me and him. He was getting a little bit of air but not much and he was panicking. I called my husband to pick us up and take us to the animal emergency room. As I waited to meet him, I picked up Sherlock and started walking toward my house. The car came around the corner and suddenly the treat cleared Sherlock's throat and he was breathing heavily in my arms.By the time we got back to the house, Sherlock was fine. I, on the other hand, was not. The scare had given me a rush of adrenaline and I pushed my lungs too far. So I had an asthma attack. We dealt with that at home a...