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'GRATITUDE'

First I would like to share this piece on 'Gratitude'....
"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have
into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity... It turns problems into gifts, failures into success, the unexpected into perfect timing, and
mistakes into important events. Gratitude makes sense of our
past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow." Melodie Beattie

What a great thing to start out the new year with!
I've been wanting to post since January 1st but I've been contemplating what I wanted to say. Much time has been spent lounging around with my daughter, going to yoga and also trying to figure out what direction I want to take this year.
A lot of introspection...possibly because of the yoga and possibly because of the blog post I read by the wonderfully talented Kim Klassen. I took a photoshop mini workshop with her and I am starting a new workshop with her next week.
Her blog post was regarding 'one word'. She chose one word for herself last year and now this year she has chosen another.You can click on her name to pop over to her blog and read about her word.

As for my word...I have thought long and hard about what I want to accomplish during 2011. I have been going to yoga for several months now and it's really starting to 'click'. It is changing my thoughts as well as hopefully changing my body. It is causing me to slow down a bit and focus on the present more.
Usually I feel like a dog chasing it's tail.... ALWAYS busy but never accommplishing everything that I want to do!
I went so far as to get out my thesaurus looking up words that I thought might be 'the ONE'.
So many words popped into my head.....balance....align...harmony...attitude...evolve...
Obviously, there's a kind of theme that kept surfacing--- I wanted this year to be the year that I get my life in balance/alignment/harmony.  I want to stop stressing over insignificant details and be fully aware
of the life I have.
Soooooooo......yesterday in yoga class my 'word' came to me!  It is OPEN.  I want to be open to possibilites, open to the creative process, open to change, open to a healthier lifestyle, open to living a
more grateful life.  I don't want to sound all 'new age-y' but yoga really has been a good thing for me.
I also embarked on a new program at the yoga studio yesterday. It's called 40 Days to Personal Revolution. It's not about diet & exercise, it's about lifestyle changes. We even have to meditate TWICE a day. That's probably the hardest! Trying to sit still and clear your mind is extremely difficult--but doable.
Wish me luck on my 'Personal Revolution' as well as remaining open to all of the possibilities there are in life. It's not too late for you to 'find' your 'word' for the year and make it the best it can be!
Live your life creatively (& openly)~
cathy
p.s. the above photos are of Lake Michigan at the beach near my house. Love the middle picture of the waves crashing into the frozen beach and splashing up : )

Comments

Cathy just love your article on gratitude - it makes life so much more easy to life and when you try for a little meditative stillness each day it just gets better and better.
Hari Om,
Suzy
Janine said…
A happy new year to you.
This photos are very good.
I like the atmosphere they show
Namaste...when the music began to play I gried with reading the gratitude post,Simply beautiful words to grace my heart and soul. Thank you for all! Imagine and Live in Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart
layers said…
I love the words you wrote about gratitude- and your images are beautiful.

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