Monday, January 24, 2011
Making Room for What Matters
For several years I've been reading the work of metaphysical writer and astrologer Rob Brezny. I'm not someone who necessarily guides her life by the "stars," i.e. the solar system, I just find what he has to say intriguing and he gets to the heart of the matter in a straightforward, yet mystical way that works for me.
My favorite parts are the quotes he includes from a diverse group of people, all of whom have looked at life, written about their findings, and have ideas worth passing on. I'm occasionally introduced to someone I've never heard of before and that's always fun and often enlightening. Sometimes he includes them in what he refers to as "sacred advertisements," at the bottom of his weekly assessments. It's a way of approaching life that seems to be based on love and gratitude, metaphysical no-brainers, but sometimes I need to be reminded.
He announced this past week, "It's time for the Gratitude Fest. Write thank you notes to the creatures both human and otherwise, that have played seminal roles in inspiring you to become yourself. Who have been your guides along the way, both the purposeful teachers and the inadvertent helpers who have seen you for who you really are? Who has nudged you in the direction of your fuller destiny and awakened you to your signature truths? Who has loved you very, very well?"
In that spirit, I made my list.
I'm going to go back to it now and then to really feel the gratitude I have for these people, for all the beings, including those who have fur or feathers, those who are still in my life and those who, for a variety of reasons, are not. I'm grateful for what they shared of themselves, and in doing so showed me a bit more about myself, things that are coming in handy on my journey.
One of the things I'm deeply grateful for this week is having a room that keeps life very simple, bringing everything back to the basics. It's allowing me the space that's just right for uncomplicating my thought and my life, for reminding me what really matters.
Gratitude heals. It keeps our thought in a place where good can unfold in our lives in a perpetual moving towards the recognition of our true self, the self we were born into, the self we have always been and are in the process of remembering.
Happy, Ongoing Gratitude Fest!
The photo is the view from the courtyard outside my room, last evening, a view to the east, the afterglow of the setting sun.