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Words of Gratitude Movie

Gratitude is the single most important ingredi...

Gratitude is the single most important ingredient to living a successful and fulfilled life (Photo credit: symphony of love)

This beautiful video is a reminder of the power of gratitude. Be thankful for what you have and show appreciation to those around you… For you never know when a kind word can change someone’s life.

via Words of Gratitude Movie.


Gratitude Practice + Spiritual Law

You simply will not be the same person two months from now after consciously giving thanks each day for the abundance that exists in your life. And you will have set in motion an ancient spiritual law: the more you have and are grateful for, the more will be given you.
Sarah Ban Breathnach
Simple Abundance
From Gratefulness.org, 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

GRATITUDE for Opportunities to Heal… Some More


June 23, 2012

“Every wound is a call to heal.

Answer it.

You deserve to live and be fully expressed.”

  Cynthia Jam


Ah, so last Sunday, I’d just started a couple wash loads at the laundr0mat and returned home to do some chores. As I was doing dishes, I also cleaned up some items for the recycling bin.

Oops, where did the lid from the canned chicken come from hiding in the soaping water of another food container? Well, as the rubber met the road or in this case the tin can lid met my index finger, I knew I was in trouble.

Skipping forward several hours, while waiting for and after getting the needed stitches, I went through the usual berating myself for my carelessness (“How stupid…”) and dealing with the logistics (getting someone to pick up my laundry; getting someone else to take care of my 13-yr. old doggie baby Heidi while I was at the hospital; and so on)…

Later Sunday night and for a period on Monday night, I had a crying jag because I was so mad at myself in general & because I’d been yelling at Heidi, who was expressing her concern for me by overdoing her usual “velcro dog” behaviors!

Ok, that’s the prelude. If you are still with me here, I’m wondering if any of you can relate? Probably not–I’m the only person who is this hard on myself, right?

I’m the only person ever who has ever yelled at the dog who just wants to be close to me because she thinks that will make me feel better, right? I’m the only person who knows in her head that this is another opportunity to heal at a deeper level but the gut level hasn’t gotten the message yet, right?

Miss Heidi

That aside, several days later, now I am back on track–mostly!  I am meditating and journaling and giving myself Reiki and tapping (EFTing) and feeling GRATEFUL for another opportunity to go deeper in the spirals of healing.

If the Universe and I didn’t work together to create ongoing opportunities to help me heal, where would I be? Maybe stuck in a pit of self-pity and frequently yelling at my dear, sweet Miss Heidi.

During this lifetime I am here to heal, and GRATITUDE is my spiritual practice to that end. Yes, I am healing and I am GRATEFUL. And, it still hurts, but so it is.  🙂


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Learning to Dance in the Rain

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It almost sounds too simple to feel important, but one word… GRATITUDE, can change your attitude, and thus your life, forever.

Sarah Breathnach said it best… “When we choose not to focus on what is missing from our lives but are grateful for the abundance that’s present… We experience heaven on earth.”

via Learning to Dance in the Rain MovieThe Power of Gratitude.
Copyright © 2005 – 2012 Simple Truths, LLC.

I am absolutely in LOVE with the poem, the book and flickspire.com’s video interpretation of the message! IT IS SPECTACULAR!!!  

Blessed be and ENJOY!
Psst–While it is playing, get up and dance or move your body or do something in response to the music and images!  🙂  :))

An Attitude of Gratitude

Highway 20 Vista Point

Attitude of Gratitude

By Laurie Woodum

You should be grateful.
You should say thank you.
This does not create a from-the-heart attitude.
Tell me I “should” do or be something, and I’ll show you an instant rebel.

In the not too dim past, I realized that I equated gratitude with being in debt, like an indentured servant. Being in debt implied I needed to pay back and implied payback created resentment (I didn’t ask to be born). Childish, yes, but then we’re all still trying to transcend our childhood.

Then I got it. True gratitude is really appreciation. You can feel it for a sunset, for a person, for being alive, and for getting to see that butterfly cross your path.

And it’s a form of love at its purest. Test it. Next time you are moved to tears over something beautiful, notice how it’s the same feeling as when you look at someone close to your heart and feel a wave of love.

The flip side of gratitude is giving. A gift is a gift but only if given without expectation of any kind of return, including a thank you. OK, I’m a cheap date, but try buying the cappuccino in advance for the next person in line who orders one, or put money in someone’s expired meter and watch your happiness level rise. It’s just plain fun (and easy) to bring small and simple pleasures into someone’s life. And to appreciate those that show up in ours.

Many thanks to friend, Laurie Woodum, who like me lives in the Northern Sierra Foothills of California, 2500′, where we can almost touch the stars while still keeping our soles firmly planted on the ground. 🙂


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