Gratitude challenge week 36

“Gratitude is riches. Complaint is poverty.” —Doris Day, American entertainer

I love this quote, and that Doris Day said it!

Are you feeling it?

That early September chill? Here in the Bay Area, autumn is coming. It’s back to school time. The time when you have that special trip to the supplies store for notebooks, and pens and pencils, and paper. The new school year. The Jewish New Year. Rosh Hashanah, the head of the year is around the corner. This year it falls on September 16th, the day after the New Moon in Virgo.

What does that give us this week to ponder? What can we bring into intention? What sweetness do you want to call into your life this year?

I’ll lean into this.

I’m pondering my upcoming overnight to Orr Hot Springs, followed two weeks later by a five-day retreat at Esalen and a day at Monterey Aquarium. Planning my journey, clearing my calendar, moving appointments so I can be open to the sacred pilgrimages I have coming up.

I’m creating powerful intention for these times away to restore, recharge and renew, which fits completely with the Jewish New Year theme of inviting sweetness into our lives. L’Shana Tova!

I invite sweet ease in my work, sweet connections with my clients and my community, sweet love with my family and friends, and sweet romance, however that is going to appear!

On next week’s 11th anniversary of 9/11, I commit to being of loving service in my thoughts, my words and my actions.

Today’s gratitudes.

  • I am grateful for the conversations and connections through this blog. This is post #603. Wow!
  • I am grateful for my Awakening Joy experience and the lovely people I’ve met in the course. I got to meet with two different groups of classmates this week.
  • I am grateful for the upcoming Buddha’s Brain retreat at Esalen. Soaking up the spiritual neuroscience on the coast at Big Sur. Wow.
  • I am grateful for the gift of a night in a B&B in Pacific Grove as I make my way home from Esalen. A nice way to decompress, complete with a visit to the Aquarium!
  • I am grateful for my friends. Seriously.
  • I am grateful for inspiring words that come into my life so lovingly. Cecille, a classmate, gave me this prayer she wrote the other day:
  • May I enjoy happiness and the root of happiness.
  • May I enjoy peace, a calm clear mind and a peaceful loving heart.
  • May I be free of suffering and the root of suffering…free from internal or external harm or fear.
  • May I be kind to myself…physically healthy, strong and vital.
  • May I love and accept myself just as I am, and experience love, wonder, wisdom, enchantment and fascination in this life as it is.
  • I am grateful for the experience of a long session of body work on Monday.
  • I am grateful for pupusas! I discovered them this week, a Salvadorean dish made of a thick corn tortilla stuffed with cheese and loroco (a Central American flower) or cheese and pork, and toasted up on the grill. So good. And yes, I’ve had them three times this week! (That is so embarrassing…!)
  • I am grateful for my upcoming trip with Heidi this week. To Orr Hot Springs, a new one for me.
  • I am grateful for sunshine streaming in my windows.
  • I am grateful for the Van Morrison You Tube channel I found. If you could use even more joy, dance around to this.

Only one Gratitude email this week

It’s from Kim, and she says: I am grateful that I can take time to see where I land within my values, that I can be unclear, that I can examine and that I can adjust as I grow.

Love and blessings, all…

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