Mindful Moments..Gratefulness and Light

Welcome to my peace filled space 🙂
In my personal life, a wave of transformation has surged through my life.  Just yesterday, I made the choice to go back to basics. For me “back to basics” is a resting place among all that soothes my soul: simple, natural, fresh, peace filled.  Praise to the sunrise;  long walks on the beach; unrushed, uncomplicated quality time with my children; lots of time to sit under the moon and stars and count my blessings.  Yoga, drumming sessions, creative projects, anything that adds nourishment and balance to my Essence. 
During Holiday, we tend to give more but my intuition this year tells me to scale back and allow for, rather than commit and prepare for.  The very moment I acknowledged this heart whisper and gave it to God and the Universe..the moment I said “Thank you for all that you have placed in my life, I shall take the time to allow it to settle into perfectly placed spots..Thank you!”  is the exact moment that I felt my Spirit soar.  And already in this newly open space, in these few short hours..miracles that I couldn’t have imagined have been placed. I believe these miracles have been there all along, patiently waiting for me to open my heart. 
When I take my ‘self’ out of it, and open my heart to the moment,
My life is as magnificent as it is meant to be.
And life is as ease filled, joy filled,
As I allow it to be! 
It is my pleasure to share with you an article authored by Brenda Strausz.  May you take this moment to breathe deeply and allow the message from Brenda to sink right into your very Being.
Mindful Moments with Brenda Strausz: Gratefulness and Light
How did the rose
Ever open its heart
and give to this world
all its beauty?
It felt the encouragement of light
Against its being,
We all remain
Too frightened
Even though it has been a few days since we have enjoyed all the blessings that Thanksgiving brings to our lives, gratitude is something that we should practice throughout our the year.
Our whole day can change for the better if we focus on who or what brings light into our lives and who or what we can share our light with.
It is the light that shines within us that brings the most joy. The light that brings out the best in others.  The light that warms up a room. The light that we bring to our work, our play, our everyday lives.
Here is an exercise on gratitude by Mindfulness expert Elisha Goldstein:
  1. Think of a person or animal who represents light, who represents a loving and kind presence in your life. This can be a good friend who is alive, maybe someone who has passed away, a pet, or maybe a spiritual figure such as the Dalai Lama, Jesus, or even the hand of God.
  2. Take a moment to imagine that presence here, with you, looking into your eyes.
  3. Now imagine that person saying to you, “May you be safe and protected from inner and outer harm,” “May you be happy,” “May you be free from fear,” “May you be healthy in body and mind.” You can also create your own wishes and aspirations here.
  4. Now turn toward that person and say that with the same intention to them.
  5. Now imagine your family and friends with you (those who you feel difficulty with and those who you feel more ease with) and with intention, saying those same words.
Take a moment to just feel into how you are doing and whatever is there, just letting it be.
May your days be filled with light. May you give light, receive light and bask all your days in light.
Brenda Strausz is a holistic Psychotherapist in the Metro Detroit area specializing in women’s issues. She combines conventional and alternative techniques to help you live with more ease, joy and freedom. She can be reached at www.BrendaStrausz.com or DearBrenn@aol.com
Thank you, Brenda, for sharing refreshment here today!  I appreciate all that you share..and today your words touch my inner core. 
And, dear readers, at the end of each day I connect with loved ones and I ask: “What was the best part of your day?”..because too often when we gather in a group, or decompress at home, we tell stories of all that “went wrong” in our day.  I believe that what I focus on grows, so I always ask what ‘went right’..and in asking the best part of your day, I am asking your Being to take a moment to focus on all that brought your heart delight…
I would love to hear what has delighted you today….
Much peace,
  1. #1 by Megan "JoyGirl!" Bord on November 30, 2010 - 1:43 pm

    I loved that Hafiz poem, for starters; thank you. What a wonderful way to start Tuesday!

    Brenda, the idea of metta is near and dear to my heart, and I find it’s an especially important practice around the holidays. I’ve morphed it a bit in the last year, and rather than practicing metta toward those I have a tough time being with, I try to see myself in them. What I mean by that is, “What part of me are they reflecting back?” If I see things I don’t like, I have self-love to practice, and in turn, I’m able to love them a bit better as they are. For me, that’s what it’s really all about: loving people where they are. Easier said than done, but that’s why metta is such a powerful practice.

    Joy, I love asking people about the best part of their day! Five years ago I was dating someone and I used to do that with him. It was foreign to his way of life, but he liked it. So much that he started the practice with his own kids!

    Joy, I love you, and love all you do here with your beautiful blog. Miracles abound for those who are open to miracles. YOU are a miracle… certainly that’s the case in my life.

    Happy Tuesday!

    • #2 by unfoldingyourpathtojoy on December 1, 2010 - 5:19 am

      Hi Megan,
      I *love* the poem too..speaks right to my heart..
      Thank you for your kind words..
      “Loving people for where they are”..is unconditional at it’s best..and if we learn to love our self the same way–how cool would that be!

  2. #3 by Alex Blackwell on November 30, 2010 - 6:55 pm

    Wonderful exercise Joy; thanks so much for sharing. I will try it tonight and I know who I will imagine.


  3. #5 by Betsy at Zen Mama on December 1, 2010 - 12:10 am

    Thanks for a great post. I needed it at the end of the day so I could realize all the things that went right….not the one thing that went wrong!

    • #6 by unfoldingyourpathtojoy on December 1, 2010 - 5:21 am

      Hi Betsy,
      There are days that the one “wrong” thing is so heavy we forget all of the “right” things from the day..I’m glad if we were able to provide peace for you…

  4. #7 by Satya Colombo on December 1, 2010 - 2:05 am

    What a joyful space of peace and mindfulness you are holding. Yes, i9 can feel it…! Marvelous. 🙂

    Thank you Joy, and thank you for your lovely comment the other day, it was marvelous to receive and respond to… lovely to meet you!


    • #8 by unfoldingyourpathtojoy on December 1, 2010 - 5:23 am

      Hi Satya,
      Welcome to my blog:)
      Your class is kicking my butt, but I’m most grateful for the opportunity to allow for transformation!
      Thank you for all that you share!

  5. #9 by Brenda on December 1, 2010 - 4:36 am

    Thanks guys for your kind remarks…it warms your heart to be grateful and to see the good in others.

    Megan, it is interesing how we most dislike something in someone else that is in us…but it takes a brave person to see it!!!

    Namaste all,

    • #10 by unfoldingyourpathtojoy on December 1, 2010 - 5:24 am

      Hi Brenda,
      Thank you for sharing here in this space..I *love* the energy of your piece and the comments..
      Awe-some, indeed!

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