Gifts of Gratitude

Gifts of Gratitude

This Thursday in the United States is Thanksgiving Day. Wherever you are in the world, every day is a good day to practice gratitude and appreciation.

Why Gratitude?

Gratitude is the gateway to true abundance of all kinds.

Gratitude is a magic power that invites blessings to flow to us. But more importantly, it opens us to the blessings and abundance we already enjoy—to the more than enough that is here now.

Gratitude deepens our enjoyment of those blessings.

Gratitude opens our hearts, brings us joy, helps us slow down and taste our lives richly, and attracts abundance of all kinds, whether love, friendship, prosperity, health or other blessings. A grateful person is magnetic to good.

I invite you to spend some time in real gratitude this Thanksgiving.

A Gratitude Practice

Spend time writing in your journal, or at your altar, focusing on what you are grateful for and why.

Don’t just make a list, but tune into the feeling of gratitude or appreciation and be specific about what is you love, appreciate, are grateful for about those things.

Write a love letter to those things and feel the grace of gratitude blessing you.

I Am Grateful For You!

Today I want you to know how very grateful I am for you.

woman painting outsideI am grateful to share this tribe of creative souls with you. I am grateful you are walking your heart path, that you care about soul, beauty, creativity, art.

I am grateful that you dare to dream and follow your dreams. I am grateful for your beautiful, sensitive heart and your questing, vibrant spirit.

I am grateful that you read my Creative Sparks posts and partake in my offerings, that you care for your own creativity, unique gifts, vital soul.

I am honored and grateful to share this journey with you. Thank you!

Gifts of Gratitude for You

As my way of saying thank you, I have a few gifts for you today.

I wrote a short piece called 3 WILDLY HELPFUL TOOLS TO SUPPORT YOUR CREATIVE LIFE which was published on a site called The Artist Unleashed last week.

I have another Autumn poem, California Fall, to share with you.

One of the most beautiful pieces on gratitude I’ve ever experienced is this gorgeous, moving 5-minute video by Brother David Steindl-Rast. Watch it here, so yummy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Zl9puhwiyw

May you be grateful. May you feel blessed.

 

 

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Coming to Fullness at the Solstice

Coming to Fullness at the Solstice

On Tuesday night I held my annual Summer Solstice fire circle. It was a beautiful night, despite the intense heat wave we are having. There was a deep peace, beauty and presence of heart in our gathering. We told jokes, drummed and danced, honored the gifts of the sun, and shared deeply about what’s been moving in our hearts and coming to fruition in our lives.

One participant shared a beautiful solstice practice that you can do now to bring more of what you desire into your life. I did it today, and it felt great! I share it with you below. Read on!

Celebrating Fruition

So much has been coming to fullness in my life recently:

  • Maxima's weddingI just celebrated the first anniversary of my marriage, a year of profound deepening and blossoming in our relationship, so beautiful and miraculous.
  • I’ve experienced dramatic healing and transformation in myself this past year, the letting go of something I have carried all my life.
  • I’ve spent over a year revising my book of poems, working with three different editors. A difficult process, still underway but it’s coming much closer to fruition now. I have learned so much, and my poetic voice has been growing clearer and stronger.
  • My Mentoring students this past year have been blossoming. Among many other things, they:
    • Completed a draft of a book that had been languishing for years in piles of notes,
    • Opened a business that allows her to do what she loves and play more,
    • Created greater balance between parenting, work, self-care and creativity,
    • And most rewarding to me, freed themselves to experience way more creativity, fulfillment and joy.

Gifts of Completion

And…
My most recent Artist’s Way and Living Your Dreams classes both celebrated their graduations.
These graduations are so fun, moving and inspiring. The transformations, openings and blessings that the participants share never cease to astound me.

Students reported giving themselves the gifts of time, space and permission for painting, creating music, sculpting, dancing, writing poems, and pursuing their big, passionate, heart dreams, without pushing and driving themselves.

Students used the tools I teach to release old wounds, crippling self-doubt and self-criticism and limiting patterns. They found more harmony, ease, balance and peace in their lives.

I’ll share a few of their comments with you here:

Student Testimonials

“A door has opened for me to be in my studio working! There has been great progress in making painting a priority, making time in my schedule to make this happen. The work is going well, and there is a great sense of engagement and accomplishment, even doing simple studies, after years of avoidance.…I’m finally using my planning tools to further my heart’s desire.”

I am in a much more centered place in my current life than ever before. I’m so thankful for all the gains I’ve made and am feeling blessed for all the hard work and coming full circle within. I find that my heart is more at peace within than I thought possible. I have never felt more accepting of myself and relishing who I am—I love me, all of me.

Many of the students from these two classes have chosen to continue on with one-on-one Mentoring with me, so that they can get individual support, guidance and transformation to co-create the lives they dream.

If you are curious about how that kind of support could help you release blocks and truly live your dreams, first click here to find out more, then contact me for a free Discovery Session to explore if what I offer is right for you now. I have space in my schedule for a few more Mentoring students at this time. I invite you to seize that opportunity.

To your fruitful summer,


P.S. See below for the beautiful, simple Solstice practice you can do to magnetize more of what you love into your life.

 

Practice: A Little Solstice Love Letter

Write a letter to yourself to be opened on the winter solstice (or if you live where it’s winter right now, on the summer solstice).

In this letter, imagine all that you wish to see come to fruition by six months from now.

Dream big, even if you have no idea how or if it could come true. Put in all that you hope your future self will be celebrating then. Give this as a gift to your self.

You may also wish to include any words of encouragement or wisdom or love, anything you might need to hear six months from now.

Then, seal it in an envelope marked “Open on the Winter Solstice, 2017.”

And here’s the tricky part: Put it where you will find it six months from now. You could pin it to your Dream Board, if you have one, or put it in the top of your desk drawer.

The student who shared this with me said she was amazed at all that had come about just as she had written it since the last solstice. This is a powerful window of expansion. Give yourself the gift of the power of the solstice to add a little extra magic to your life now.

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