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Together Again

thanksgivingNovember always brings to mind family. It’s the month of my birthday, as well as Thanksgiving. So even on years where I don’t visit with family, they are still close to my thoughts and heart.

I come from a big family. I have eight siblings! And as much as I love them, love being around them, as an introvert I’ve always had to step aside and recharge a bit. Being in the thick of things can be overwhelming and draining. You’ll often find me on the outskirts, listening in on conversations but not always jumping in.

This poem was written for the Together Again prompt earlier this month from Poetic Asides.

Reunion

Over food and games
Siblings catch up on the news,
their familiar chatter
carries down the hall…

I smile,
comforted by their nearness,
content for the moment
to reunite with another friend;

I kick off my shoes, sit at the bench,
sigh at the familiar curve
of the pedal pressed beneath my foot,
the ivory beneath my fingers.

My hands fall into the patterns
despite months of time apart–
All else fades away
as I embrace the music.

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Cute, but unrelated, kitty

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Make Visible: Gratitude

This is a post on gratitude, following Thanksgiving Day here in the United States.

 

This is my Gratitude and Receiving Notebook.  I don’t keep up with it the way I should.  It’s fun to look back and see what I’m grateful for and what I received on that day.

The whole concept of a Gratitude Notebook is to write down five things you are grateful for that already exist in your own life.  This is to get you out of the endless loop of always wanting more and to cherish this moment and what you already have.  This applies to things, people and animals, and experiences too.

 

I used to just do gratitudes.  Then I got the idea from The Receiving Project to keep track of what I received as well.  The idea behind Receiving is that if you notice the gifts the Universe is sending you each day, you will develop an attitude of reception and more good things will come to you.  Gratitude along with Receiving is powerful magic!

 

Here’s what it says on the homepage for The Receiving Project:

 

Welcome to The Receiving Project!

Your next step in the Law of Attraction.

The Receiving Project is a Free 32 day E-Course designed to help you learn how to receive all the amazing gifts that are waiting for you.

Are you a “giver”, giving of yourself and time, but have a hard time when other’s want to appreciate you? Is it a challenge to receive from The Universe?

Are you receiving the experiences that you want in your life?  When you are ready to make a real change in your life, join The Receiving Project!

By signing up  for The Receiving Project you will receive:

  • The experience of learning to receive abundance, inspiration, prosperity, support and love.
  • 32 days of emails full of wisdom, guidance and gifts to help you through the process
  • Opportunities to bust through the blocks that hold you back from manifesting and receiving all you want

OK, so by now you probably think this is all mumbo-jumbo.  Maybe it is, maybe it isn’t.  All I know is that when I focus on what I’m grateful for and what the Universe is sending me the world seems warmer and brighter.  That has to be a good thing!

 

Anatomy of a Gratitude:

 

October 25th, 2012:

 

Gratitudes:

 

  1. nature (must have gone on a walk that day)
  2. movies (Hot Fuzz)
  3. my cooking skills
  4. leftovers to make soup (chicken noodle soup)
  5. IGA (local grocery store)

 

Received:

 

funny movie

good soup

blackberry jam toast

cuddly kitty

great salad

 

It’s the little things that make life worth living!

 

“Make visible what, without you, might perhaps never have been seen.”~Robert Bresson, French Film Director

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Bliss and Gratitude

I first learned about a bliss book from Sylvia van Bruggen during a workshop at the Muse Online Writers Conference.

What is bliss? Complete happiness, undisturbed by gain or loss.

What is a Bliss Book? In simplicity: a book that makes you happy.

Whenever I feel my writing sucks, or am generally depressed, I can open my bliss book and bring on a smile. I have words of encouragement about my writing, quotes, lists of favorite things, and I’m always on the lookout for pictures to clip from magazines.

The most important rule is no negativity allowed.

Creating Your Own Bliss Book

  1. Make or buy a pretty journal or notebook. I use a lovely illustrated fairy journal.
  2. Write up a purpose page. What do you want from this book? Here’s what I wrote in mine: Fears have no power here. My bliss book is my quiet place. A way to center myself and find my muse. Smile. Play Be Free. Free my muse; free my writing; free me from doubt and fear; free me from burdens that I may fly.
  3. Add something regularly. Anything that makes you happy. Ideas: lists, pictures, doodles, quotes, stickers, poems, mantras
  4. Open your book! When you’re in a slump, or forget your motivations for doing what you love (whether that be writing, or parenting, or running). Read it front to back, or open to a random page. Let it inspire you once more.

You can expand this idea of bliss into other forms. A bliss box, a bliss room. Anything or anywhere filled with things that inspire and lift you up.

In honor of the recently celebrated Thanksgiving here in the U.S.A., I’m starting a new page in my bliss book. A Gratitude Page. Anytime I lose sight of the good things in life, sucked down in negativity, I can search for something to add to this page. There is ALWAYS something to be grateful for, even in our darkest hours.

Next time on Mary’s Expression: The Poetry of Pink.

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