Gratitude should not be just a reaction to getting what you want, but an all-the-time gratitude, the kind where you notice the little things and where you constantly look for the good, even in unpleasant situations. Start bringing gratitude to your experiences, instead of waiting for a positive experience in order to feel grateful. – Marelisa Fábrega
I agree wholeheartedly with the above statement and last week tested my ability to bring gratitude to my experience, rather than feeling grateful just in response to getting what I want. Not because my week was so terrible. No, no, it was just a bit challenging, in the way that hard work, limited time and sore feet can make one feel. And isn't that the best time to count your blessings?
Right now, I am grateful for
:: making it through! Last week I just couldn't catch up - on work, sleep, to-dos and want-to-dos, but in the end it all worked out and I made it.
:: knowing when its time to put the work down and pick up the knitting. Two needles and some yarn can be so therapeutic.
:: a needed night out with my Mr. to a wonderful little restaurant by the water. Everything was fresh, local and delicious. They even offer a bartering system for small time gardeners - for example, if you bring in a some of your veggies from your garden, they will either trade you or give you store credit. My wonderful scallop dish had local bartered cherry tomatoes that were delicious.
:: my friends who have generously given me their maternity clothes. Now into my fifth month, many of my old clothes don't fit and I am just overwhelmed by their kindness (and good taste!)
:: finishing my article for the upcoming Sacred Pregnancy magazine. I wrote about herbs that nourish a woman during pregnancy with the goal of making the information clear, simple and inspiring and I am really pleased with how it turned out.
:: rose quartz. I just love this stone and can feel its heart mending affects. I have been wearing it around my neck and love its precense.
:: my husband's first feel of the baby kicking from the outside. I placed his hand on my belly and we waited ...and waited, and then jab! There it was. He looked at me with the widest eyes and I just teared up because it was so amazing to share that together.
:: dried lavender from my grandmother.
:: coconut oil for my growing belly (and entire body) I put it on in the shower and the hot water warms the oil and makes my muscles, joints and skin feel warm and protected.
:: the moon's waxing energy right now - so inspiring.
:: living in the present moment - for me the present moment is the most real, most safe and most difficult place to reside, and yet when I step inside it, I am at my most whole.
Here's to another week of blessings - let the moon energy carry you! I count my blessings with Taryn of Wooly Moss Roots, whose gratitude is contagious.