11.27.13 Thanks & Links

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photos by george billard
Gratitude is one of the many ways we can lift ourselves up. In my quest for greater inner peace, I have come upon this notion of giving thanks regularly and often. As the German theologian and mystic Meister Echkart says, "If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is 'thank you,' it will be enough." So on a daily basis I try to say thanks for all the things I might otherwise take for granted: the clean air I breathe and the lungs that make it possible; the time to write and the hands with which I do it...start anywhere, the list is endless. I used to catalogue everything I had to do in a day first thing every morning. Sometimes it led to excitement, others to panic and despair. But it never brought me the same comfort and joy as when I lie in bed for a few moments upon waking and allow my mind to roam over all the blessings in my life. In this way, every day becomes Thanksgiving, at least for a little while.
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my soulmate
I am grateful for my family and friends. They give me suppport, inspiration, laughs, a sense of belonging. Seek out community. We all need genuine connection to feel whole. Online is good, but eye contact and a real hug are essential. Give love and open your heart to receive. Allow yourself to be vulnerable, for in so doing you will reveal your true beauty.

Be willing to dream and never give up on what you really want. I divorced twice and was widowed before I was ready for the relationship I had always dreamed of, but I learned from my mistakes...eventually.
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my kitten
Take pleasure where you find it. Use all your senses. Move and stretch your body and feel the glorious flow of your blood and the beating of your heart. Bury your face in your kitten's sweet tummy fluff. Eat a roasted sweet potato with spicy olive oil and sea salt. Laugh your head off. Listen to your favorite music, and sing along with abandon. Leave irony and cynicism on the shelf, just for a day, as an experiment. (It can be scary but revelatory.)
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my space

I am grateful that you are here with me on this adventure that began almost 4 years ago. Through it I have connected with so many wonderful kindred spirits and also with my writing, which is to say with a universe within. I have learned so much, but mostly that there is so much more to learn. I hope you will continue with me on this journey of discovery.

And, on that note, some recent discoveries I'm eager to share with you. I hope you take time to relax over the next few days and are able to follow a few of these uplifting links:

A stunning reminder of the true nature of love & friendship

A new take on traveling (and dating!)

A great opportunity to do good in the world

A mystical confirmation that we are all related

An inspired collection of female role models

Poetic proof of humanity's diverse beauty

A love story

A different look at love

Beards & chocolate

Things of beauty are a joy forever

I wish you a very happy Thanksgiving with minimal family stress and maximum coziness. xoxo

 
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24 Comments

Thanks for being a lovely person and a wonderful friend, happy thanksgiving! Xoxo
Stephanie on November 27, 2013 at 5:28 pm — Reply
backatcha xoxo
laura on November 27, 2013 at 9:15 pm — Reply
I haven't really had the time lately to go on facebook or check out your blog but I just per chance opened your email. Your list of links is the most exquisite list I have ever come across. Each one took my breath away. You are inspiring!! Truly!! Have a happy Thanksgiving. xxxxooo Rebecca
Rebecca Lown on November 27, 2013 at 5:49 pm — Reply
Thanks for making time to stop by for a visit, Rebecca! xo
laura on November 27, 2013 at 9:16 pm — Reply
I give thanks every day too....except I do it just before I sleep. It's truly the most transformative practice and one I will always do. Thanks for the lovely post and happy Thanksgivivg!
Justine on November 27, 2013 at 8:09 pm — Reply
Happy Thanksgiving, Justine! xo
laura on November 27, 2013 at 9:16 pm — Reply
Thank you for the nice trippy little vacation from basting and mincing. Peaceful, cozy holiday to you, too--
Janet on November 27, 2013 at 10:06 pm — Reply
And to you and yours xo
laura on November 27, 2013 at 10:52 pm — Reply
Beautiful and true sentiments, Laura. Thanks for sharing. I am grateful to know you! xo Jan
Jan on November 27, 2013 at 10:32 pm — Reply
Have a wonderful holiday, Jan! xo
laura on November 27, 2013 at 10:53 pm — Reply
Happy Thanksgiving, L! You have once again inspired me. Missing you all and ever thankful for friends like you. xoxo
tanya on November 28, 2013 at 6:00 am — Reply
Soon you will be back home where you belong! xoxo
laura on November 28, 2013 at 7:36 am — Reply
Creo que he entendido lo suficiente para clikar "Me gusta", así que ahí va! Click
pepe on November 28, 2013 at 7:23 am — Reply
Sigo agradeciendo nuestra larga amistad xo
laura on November 28, 2013 at 11:05 am — Reply
Sería muy bonito que el destino algún día nos vuelva a juntar.
Pepe on November 28, 2013 at 6:22 pm — Reply
Inshallah!
laura on November 28, 2013 at 7:38 pm — Reply
hey! you are a thing of beauty! thinking of you guys and thankful for a long distance friendship. much love and thanks. xo g
g on November 28, 2013 at 10:26 am — Reply
Hope your day is full of blessings! xo
laura on November 28, 2013 at 11:06 am — Reply
You had me with the milkweed pod in the beginning of the post. We always go around the table on this day and say what we're thankful for, it's always surprising what they say....but one of my mantras in daily life is "Happy Thank you More Please" and this goes hand in hand with your posts....blessings to you.......xxoo
bonnie on November 28, 2013 at 7:10 pm — Reply
Love that mantra, Bonnie! xo
laura on November 28, 2013 at 7:40 pm — Reply
I am a little late but yes to all of it. I am thankful every day for little things and big. And thankful for your generosity of spirit. Lucky that you share it here!
Julia on December 4, 2013 at 10:03 am — Reply
Never too late for a positive thought! xo
laura on December 4, 2013 at 1:20 pm — Reply
Beautiful entry! Every night I talk about my favorite part of the day with my three year old so she can start to have a practice of gratitude in her daily life. It has changed my perspective to have one in my life.
Mailornish on December 4, 2013 at 4:09 pm — Reply
I am thankful for your blog! Wishing you all love...
Suzinn on December 4, 2013 at 4:46 pm — Reply