Wednesday, October 21
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Tag: gratefulness

Vulnerability Hurts So Good

"Life" Issues, Grief, Hope
I was working on another blog post before I came to sit quietly and try to gather my thoughts for you all. Then I thought maybe the mess was what I was supposed to share about. So I gave in to the urge to try to work things out on the page, and you wonderful people are the recipients. I agreed to do a guest post for a friend in a writing group as part of a series called 15 Days of Vulnerable. Can you believe I was actually excited? Let's talk about the meaning of the word vulnerable here. Apparently I need a refresher. 1. susceptible to physical or emotional attack or harm. 2. (of a person) in need of special care, support, or protection because of age, disability, or risk of abuse or neglect 3. something to do with bridge (the card game, not jumping off one Some of the synonyms liste...
TGIF: Moments of Beauty

TGIF: Moments of Beauty

Spirituality
This week the grey and rain Seattle is known for rolled in for the season and I had to be at the hospital for a 5 hour medical test.  As I woke up 2 hours earlier than normal and drove my car through the rain to yet another hospital, I began my own private pity party for myself.  Yet, when I got to the check-in station, the reception person was wonderfully kind when I realized I had left my wallet at home.  My tests had me waiting in a room next to the chapel so I was blessed to see a young girl of about 10 write her prayers on the slips provided and leave them in the basket on the altar.  She had a beautiful serene smile on her face even though she was waiting for her sibling to come out of emergency treatment.  And then as I left I was greeted with the most amazing fall display of maple ...
Mindful Monday: Gratitude: Acceptance of What Is

Mindful Monday: Gratitude: Acceptance of What Is

Buddhism, Christianity, contemplation, Gratitude, mindfulness, peace, spiritual practice, Spirituality, Thanks
Last week, Ruth Jewell wrote about gratitude in her post "Thank you - Prayerful Tuesday." A few days later, I stumbled across some videos of Br. David Steindl-Rast and Roshi Joan Halifax on Halifax's new YouTube channel discussing the same topic. I can't remember which ones of the twelve videos listed on this topic contain the messages I will share here, but you can listen for yourself to hear these masters of mindfulness ponder aloud the notion of gratefulness. Br. Steindl-Rast's definition of gratefulness is acceptance of what is, and by that he means acceptance of what's happening in the present moment, even the people, situations, and events we find hard to accept. Whenever we like or dislike what's happening right now, our ego is operating. When we accept what is, the ego dissolves. ...