30 Days of Gratitude – Day 11
♥ A smile is a curve that sets everything straight. ~Phyllis Diller
Today I am grateful..:
- that I have the luxury of a vehicle – it makes it a lot easier to travel across the length of the state.
- for my father Arnold Arons. He always makes the effort to visit and create time to share, even when he is slammin’ busy. This year he’s been my biggest sounding board and emotional support.
- for smiles on baby faces. It’s so easy to drop completely into the present when you gaze into the rapt twinkle of a little ones’ eyes.
- for these lists – helping me find appreciation when I wake up feeling empty of gratitude.
- for Bodhi Shine’s (my son) incredible generosity of spirit. I love how freely he gives of his possessions and how much joy he takes in serving others. He has always been like this.
– and to change the list format up a bit:
i am alive in the soft but persistent twinkle of eyes that meet mine
souls recognizing each other
dancing in the heart space
over the checkout counter at Whole Foods Market
Yes! Healing can happen in time with the beep of the scanner
recognizing my celery
when all else is stripped away
leftover peelings of pre-juiced fruit
our bodies such
our eyes tell the story
And you. You recognized me –
and I – I saw you
as we spoke of yoga and surf
smiles melt the barrier of skin, politics, preferences
ideas of you – me – separation.
Later, I’ld become that orange,
carrot, kale, apple, pear –
remembering your beaming grin as sweet green juice
journeys from tongue to belly
swimming in organic vegetable nectared bliss
warmed by a gaze radiant with love
reflected in Agni – blazing digestive fire
There is power in sincere presence
shared with smiling strangers
over scanned salad greens
while slipping through seconds in soul space.
Thank you for this briefest of meetings.
30 Days of Gratitude – Day 8
What an amazing day. I truely am loving my Kids’ Yoga Teacher Training. I am learning so much from Jodi Komitor and am deeply inspired! Yes!
Today I am grateful..:
- for watching the sun set over the Encinitas Coastline.
- for warm sunshine on my skin.
- for brainstorming poses for Rafi’s “Baby Beluga” Song. So. Much. Fun!
- for throwing my arms open wide to providence and being met with a warm embrace.
- for mirroring neurons and breath. At any moment we can calm and support the deep breathing of others by tapping into our own breath.
- for candlelight and a single flickering flame paired with infused essential oils. It’s a coming home for the senses.
- that I possess a toothbrush and the realization that my daily life is absent of abject poverty, violence and political upheaval to the extent that I have the luxury of concerning myself with my teeth.
- for Blueberry, our rat family that passed a year ago on January 6th.
- for Illustrators of Children’s Storybooks.
- for all of you who take the time to read this.
30 Days of Gratitude – Day 6
I left Humboldt County in the early evening yesterday and drove through the night to be with my family at a funeral this morning. (16.5 hour total trip.)
Today I am grateful..:
1-10: for SLEEP!
30 Days of Gratitude – Day 5
Today I am grateful…:
1. I woke up feeling very hungry. I am grateful that organic, whole foods are readily available and that chronic hunger is not my daily experience.
2. that my son is healthy and has access to clean water, sanitation, health care and education with no struggle on my part. I feel for the mamas and papas who must raise their children in refugee camps or in the midst of war.
3. for forests and trees. Specifically redwood forests. Thank you redwood folk for holding onto the pre-industrial memories and providing a haven on the far northern coast.
4. I am still grateful for my job. I really love Om Shala Yoga.
5. that in a few days I will be immersed in the fun of a Kids’ Yoga Teacher Training with Jodi Komitor & Next Generation Yoga.
6. that my best friend Giselle Rezai found love with a guy that is everything I want for her and she is happily planning her wedding.
7. that I live one block form the Arcata Marsh. It’s inspiring that what once was a large landfill dubbed “Mt. Trashmore” is now a sanctuary and marshland for hundreds of bird species along the Pacific Flyway.
8. for peacemakers and visionaries and their willingness to travel a hard road against the current to create positive change.
9. for the classmates who came over last night for a study group and dinner and washed all my dishes before they left.
10. Allison Pals & Amy Day. These women (and new friends) really made my heart smile this week. Thank you.
30 Days of Gratitude – Day 4
Today I am grateful…:
for right now. Today. This moment. No need to start over, go back or move forward. NOW. As I write this here.
- that I got to visit with my Uncle Mike/Carlos in January before he passed away this week.
- that I can be in LA for Mike’s funeral & the birth of my brother’s 2nd child because I was already heading down for a Kids’ Yoga Teacher Training.
- for Breath — bringing me back to HERE. I forget so often.
- for the outpouring of love from the people around me.
- for my body – that right now I get to be in skin, trying out the shape and feel of asanas, the warmth of good deep hugs and the smile inducing satisfaction of delicious whole foods on the tongue.
- for access to information and the abundance of inspiring articles, books and recordings on living well: health, spirituality meditation, yoga, ALL OF IT!
- for warm showers and the delicious feeling of jojoba oil and vanilla on freshly bathed skin.
- for the tribe of amazing, strong, beautiful women that I have met through Om Shala. They inspire me daily and provide direction by living example.
- Giselle Rezai. The best-est friend I could ask for. We’ve seen each other through so much in the past 13 years. I am blessed to claw, scream, cry, laugh, grow and shine alongside her.
(+1) Today. Being alive. Doing it. Yes! 🙂
30 Days of Gratitude – Day 2
Today I am grateful for:
1. health and a strong able body
2. memories of big sky on the Arizona desert and the sunset kissed ridge-lines of the Klamath-Siskyu Wilderness.
3. my heart – full of love, hurt, warmth, and fear but most of all courage to keep leading the way. Peter Sardelich, thank you for handing me a road map and compass when I was a lost young traveler.
4. raw cashews and avocados. One word: YUM!
5. time spent with my biological father and my family (on his side) – it’s soul food for me sometimes to hear Spanish and feel Mexican on the inside.
6. layers of warm blankets and a comfortable, dry, mold-free space to cozy up to sleep at night – many go without each night.
7. time. We still got it! And here we are breathing together. What a celebration!
8. the plant folk that are right now assisting my body to cleanse.
9. white sage and the magical ability of its burning leaves to drop me right into spirit.
10. Topanga Canyon. I miss you and I love that there’s this little slice of oak woodland atop the Santa Monica Mountains that will always feel like home.
Feel free to add your own gratitude to the list. ♥