Sunday, April 10

A Spiritual Awakening, Part I. Appreciating Life's Gifts, Staying in the Moment, Not Distracted by Fear, Sadness or Resentment 4/10/11

The glory of Christianity is to conquerby forgiveness. Wm.Blake
Forgiveness is freedom. Tony Dailo  To forgive is God-like, and
 one of the greatest uses of our free will. Anonymous. Forgiveness
 is man's deepest need and highest achievement. Horace Bushnell
The weak can never forgive.  Forgiveness is the attribute of the
 strong.  Mahatma Gandhi   Unforgiveness is the burning of the
 bridge we must cross ourselves. Tim Blessed   Forgiveness is the
 price of Happiness. M. Pilbeam
   It's easy, let-ting the burrs of life distract us. It is not hard, losing touch with the joys each day offers.  May the following pas-sage awaken your desire to celebrate life.  It offers nug-gets of rich-ness.  This is true in spite of the bleak pro-nouncements given in the news.  Here's the excerpt:
 A Spiritual Awakening
Getting the Most From Life  
  Life has many treasures if I'm willing to accept them,but none can do more for me than learning really to live in the pre-sent.  That means being more aware of myself and of small happy things that often dramatize themselves into importance as I observe them with enjoyment. [For more about what it's like, being in this state, please read here.] 
        No matter how grim the situation may be that has troubled all my waking thoughts, there are shining nuggets of plea-santness all around me to distract my mind from its cares. But I must be on the lookout for them so they will not be lost to me!  
        Someone said it this way: 'For every man, the world is as fresh as it was the first waking thoughtswaking thoughtsday, and as full of untold novelties for him who has the eyes to see them.'  This is a con-structive and rewarding way to achieve the detachment necessary from the urgent but unimportant demands of life. 
"God make me receptive and aware; restore to me my capacity for wonder." 
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         I know the upcoming week can meet our need for celebrating life.  Yes, it can.  During whatever season, we do ourselves a favor when making time to delight in beauty.  In the winter, it may be nature drap-ed with snow.  Or the rare sunny moment.  Perhaps it's beholding the loveliness of barren winter trees. 

          In spring, there are many wonders: the crack of a baseball making contact with a bat.  It could be playing cricket.  It may be taking in the chirping of birds or the blooming flowers.  It can be even the buzz of lawnmowers sprucing up the neighborhood lawns.  A breath-taking moment may be involve the roar of rain-swollen rivers, while hiking.  

        Fall offers delightful moments.  It may be sitting in a warm living room,  immersed with a good book.  It may involve enjoying the cool, crisp air while out for a walk.  Kind deeds nurtures us, any time of the year.  Whether we perform or receive them. 

         Being aware of these moments is staying present. It increases our joy. 

         Looking for the many mini-vacations the day provides is celebrating life.  It is savoring its richness.  Appreciate lovely clouds.  Luxuriate in the purr of a cat.  Delight in the day-dreaminess that pop up during "mindless" moments.  

         These are little gifts life provides.  Sometimes they happen while frosting a cake.  Or while pulling weeds, sewing, nailing a board or doing dishes.

         I've learned to breathe in these moments.  I'm inhaling life riches when I do.  The process of living is often fulfilling.  Sometimes more rewarding than any tasks performed.  

        What does it cost?  Perhaps five minutes.  Sometimes these beautiful moments are more brief than that.  They are tiny vacations available throughout the day.  

        It's worth having a heart of gratitude.  It nurtures our soul.  It increases our capacity for wonder.  We are allowing songs of thanks to reverberate within our heart.  We're seizing gifts God offers each day.  We're also developing an Attitude of Gratitude.
 
        Please share your thoughts about capturing wonder.  I love hearing your gratitudes.  Doing so meets the vision of this inn. 
 Image: "Cumbria: Mountain River"  by Tim Blessed © all rights reserved, used by permission

6 comments:

Broken said...

Great thoughts about appreciating the present instead of pondering over the past and future :)

As someone who nearly always lives with the words 'was' and 'could be' while losing the word 'now',I couldnt agree more on the importance of taking a breath and enjoying the moment for the sake of peace at least...

Great blog by the way,I'm so glad to have discovered it :D

Pablo said...

Dear Broken,

I love your poetry. Very inspiring. I look forward to you dropping by. I appreciate your insights---you speak in a way that resonates with me.

Thank you, for visiting the inn and sharing your views!

Loredana Donovan said...

Yes, gratitude is important ... appreciation of life's gifts ... enjoying the moment. Thank you for sharing the link to this post, Pablo :)

Pablo said...

Dear Loredana,

Your blog---for readers who are unaware---is an incarnation of what I write here. I love your the power you share through poetry and your ability to match your sentiments with beautiful photos. Kudos to you, I learn from you.

Thank you, for dropping by. I hope to see you here, again, soon!

Cherice Burch said...

Gratitude can strike at any moment, with anything or about anyone. I do find a different gratitude that comes through spirituality. The difference in them to me is that one will have a feeling of being thankful, while the other comes with a feeling of awe, wonderment, a feeling of wanting more, just utter true amazement for the feeling you are feeling. And perhaps at times its followed by a humbled cry of thankfulness to the Lord for him giving you such a blessing.

Cherice Burch said...

Gratitude can strike at any moment, with anything or about anyone. I do find a different gratitude that comes through spirituality. The difference in them to me is that one will have a feeling of being thankful, while the other comes with a feeling of awe, wonderment, a feeling of wanting more, just utter true amazement for the feeling you are feeling. And perhaps at times its followed by a humbled cry of thankfulness to the Lord for him giving you such a blessing.

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