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I am sitting here in a quiet house enjoying a beautiful night and thinking about my friends and family.  And as I sit here, I look around at my house being thankful for so much.  I realize that when I slip out of the thought of being thankful and grateful life no longer flows as smoothly as when I remember to be grateful for everything that comes my way.  As I strive to be more open and to communicate and include more people in my life I have to remember to be grateful for all that I am adding to my life.  Sometimes, I am just grateful for someone’s creativity for the fact that they are giving me their best.  I remember reading one time that couples in a relationship often love each other yet they tend to fight because they don’t understand how the other one loves them — communication is important for every relationship.  As I learn to communicate more effectively I can see stronger bonds form between me and others because I am able to give them what they need and often in the way that they need it or at least they understand the “how” or the way in which I love them.

I watch my son as he learns how to show love in new ways and I smile.  He is a master of hugging already and is learning to kiss now which is always really cute.  Sometimes he grabs people a little abruptly and I just remind them that, that is how he is showing them love – that is all he knows – love is all he knows at this point and that is amazing.

Be in the flow of life – live in-spir(it)ed!  Love somebody today and be grateful for the way they love you.

Today I am grateful for this life that I have created, for my friends, my family, for buying myself a stroller so that I can exercise with my son, for being disciplined and practicing daily, for learning and for this great journey.

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There is more to life than increasing its speed. — Mahatma Ghandi

I have taken some time to slow down lately – sort of.  I have so many projects that are going on that blogging has had to take a second seat.

I was thinking this morning about my past studies and whether or not I will be returning any time soon and although I would really like to return to my studies regularly – I don’t think this is the right time for me to do so.  I know that I am learning and I did choose to take the slow road for a while.  I would rather slow things down even a little more once my current list of projects are up and running on their own so that I can enjoy more fun things for a little while.

I learned while I was re-reading some of my lessons that if I slow down I can actually receive even more from whatever I am doing because I am giving more of my attention to that one thing.  So focus or concentration combined with a goal gives more depth and yields something even greater than expected.

In the midst of all that is going on, I have been able to take time for myself to do my exercises and continue practice I think this has helped me focus more and more and be at peace with myself more as each day goes on.  On the couple of days when I was not able to take my morning time and practice – things got off to a little bit of a rough start!  And that is its own lesson!

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Wow — this is a pretty difficult one for me.

Learning grace seems so far beyond where I am that I can barely imagine living with grace and yet I CAN imagine it.  And if I can imagine it then I can do it.

I haven’t looked up what the definition of grace is – I guess Wikipedia is just a click away.  I think for me grace me ease and gentleness — ahh — writing it makes it so clear.  Gentleness, this is something I was working on for a while and then somewhere along the way I forgot I was trying to integrate it into my life all the time.  I guess I did integrate some of it and yet there are always more layers to this onion than I realize.  So now I will move forward again working on peeling back the next layer as I try to uncover the grace that is within me.

Within my goals for this year, I have intended more gentleness for myself and yet I have slipped some in actually achieving all that I want.  And so, it is time to get back on track and make sure that I am taking care of me while I am working towards other more tangible goals at the same time.

I have waited a day before posting this thinking I would add more and that’s not happening right now so I will post this and just put it out there.  And maybe  I will add more to this thought chain later.

I am so grateful for all that is here in this universe, for all that I am creating and for the people I have brought into my life.  Thank you!

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For me, every day is some version of Earth Day.  Take some time today to consider your impact on the Earth and do what you can to make it a little lighter.  If we all at least consider our impact, what we use, how much we use then together we can make a difference.  I think this is one area where one person can feel they really make a difference.  If you were to give up plastic water bottles entirely you would realize a potential of using significantly less amount of plastic than you might realize – just do your own calculation.  If you drink one water bottle a week add it up over the next 20 years.  Small changes can make a difference.  I have been using a stainless water bottle for a long time – and actually I prefer it for many reasons.

Enjoy this beautiful day.

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Deutsch: Mutter Teresa (26.8.1919-5.9.1997); 1...

Mother Teresa of Calcutta (26.8.1919-5.9.1997);in 1986 in Bonn, Germany (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.”  ―    Mother Teresa

I know when i was younger I was very idealistic – I guess I still am in many ways.  I have seen the impact one person can have on many, I have seen one persons ideas spread like a viral video on YouTube.  And I have seen and experienced the impact I can have just by doing one small thing each day with love.  Use love to your advantage, spread love, Be Love.

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I often hear people say that someone or something makes them happy.  And, when I hear them say that I wonder – if you didn’t have these things in your life would you be happy?  Are you happy in yourself, by yourself, with yourself? I remember going through life looking for the “next” — the next thing that would give me my shot of happiness.   I guess it is our conditioning that doesn’t allow some of us to realize permanent satisfaction or anything close to happiness.   We are always looking for the next thing which provides us with a shot of temporary happiness.  Maybe it’s partly the consumerism in our society or maybe it’s just that somewhere along the way we got caught up and forgot what is really important in life.   It took me a long time to learn how to just be with myself and be happy.  Happy because I just choose to be happy.  I think peace with myself came before actual happiness and maybe that’s another story.

I am happy because I feel like I am learning from my experiences.  I am happy because I am enjoying the learning process.  I am happy because I am me.  I am happy because I am.

Are you happy?  Why?

I sing this to my little boy, maybe you remember it ….  If you’re happy and you know it – clap your hands!  If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands! If you’re happy and you know it then your face will surely show it … if you’re happy and you know it clap your hands!

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