Be Grateful to Everyone


If we were to make a list of the people we don’t like-people we find obnoxious, threatening or worthy of contempt-we would find much about ourselves that we can’t face. If we were to come up with one word about each of the troublemakers in our lives, […]

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  Thanksgiving  Today, I make my Sacrament of Thanksgiving.I begin with the simple things of my days: Fresh air to breathe, Cool water to drink, The taste of food, The protection of houses and clothes, The comforts of home. For these, I make an act of Thanksgiving […]

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Appreciating Those Around Us

appreciating people

  One of the most satisfying feelings I know – and also one of the most growth-promoting experiences for the other person – comes from my appreciating this individual in the same way that I appreciate a sunset. People are just wonderful as sunsets if I can […]

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Just Give Me This…a poem


  Just give me this: A rinsing out, a cleansing free of all my smaller strivings so I can be the class act God intended. True to my purpose, all my energy aligned behind my deepest intention. And just this: A quieting down, a clearing away of internal ruckus, so I can hear the huge stillness in […]

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Benefits to Counting Our Blessings (Reiki Principle: Today I Will Give Thanks for My Many Blessings)


Scientific evidence supports that gratitude produces many health benefits. The book Thanks!: How the New Science of Gratitude Can Make You Happier, by Robert Emmons summarizes studies about gratitude. Emmons, editor-in-chief of the Journal of Positive Psychology—examines what it means to think and feel gratefully. One study showed that daily […]

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Thankfulness for Everything


  Thank you for this breath. Thank you for this inhale. Thank you for this exhale. Thank you for this Life . Thank you Heart. Thank you for this pounding. Thank you for this pulsing. Thank you for this Love. Thank you feet. Thank you for this […]

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Santosha (contentment)


Most of us believe that contentment will come once we achieve something. It could be financial success, finding a companion, having a child, retirement, owning certain material items, reaching a goal, being a certain weight, having a certain status,  recognition, etc. Santosha means practicing contentment in all […]

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Aparigraha (nonattachment, non-greed)

aparigraha, nonattachment

  Aparigraha means nonattachment or turning away from greed. It encourages us to be self-sufficient, acknowledging abundance around us. It means seeing our glass as ‘half full’ rather than ‘half empty’ and being content with what we have. Practicing aparigraha means we consider what we really need versus […]

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