Gratefulness





From Follow Your Dreams

The tragedy of life is not that it ends so soon,

but that we wait so long to begin it.

~ Anonymous



Breakthrough Email of the Week Award goes to Helena
for her beautiful words on awakening to gratitude.

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Gratitude Journal
If I could ask you to do one thing for yourself, would you do it?
Go out. Get a blank book. A colourful book. A pretty book.
Or even just a lined paper book.
Cover it in stickers, your favourite pictures, or just your name.
Leave it blank.
Open it. And each night, or each day,
write ten things you are grateful for that day.
If it’s been a shithouse day, it may even just be a good hot mug of tea
or the fact that the day is over.
Journal your gratefulness.
Just ten things ~ then you can say you have two handfuls of blessings.
Somedays your list will be longer, much longer than you could imagine possible.
There is so much to be grateful for in our lives, and writing it out every day will make you so much more aware of it.


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You know what I am so so grateful for today?

1. Lile. Her heartfelt advice and words calmed my heart this morning.

2. Krispy Kreme donuts afternoon tea care of groovy co-worker.

3. Deb’s sharing. Her teachings to me about self preservation, boundaries and energy vampires were well needed.

4. Beautiful email from Helena made my day. Sharing the breakthrough she’d had on gratitude, and seeing the beauty she has in her life. It was delightful to read. Her sharing taught me lessons within itself. After reading it, I got up, walked to Lile’s desk and spontaneously gave her a hug. I just had to share the moment with someone.

5. Surprise phone call from Chris at 4.45, telling me to meet him at the record store just down the street. So I go. And I find a handsome dude hanging out at the heavy metal section, and decide I must keep him. So I do 🙂

6. Bought two beautiful instrumental CDs for painting and journalling time ~ Oceans of Tranquillity and Simple Pleasures. They are cheap, and they are delightful. Just what I dreamed of.

7. Beautiful surprise dinner with Chris at a Thai resturant, Zen Yai. My favourite meal of Phad Thai, in my favourite resturant with my favourite boy. I loved sharing it with him. We have decided to make one weeknight a week our “date night” and tonight was our first. It was just so damn nice to sit in the quiet resturant, watching the world finish work and drive home, while we sat in the cool, drinking green tea. Having quiet moments and long conversations. It was like catching up with a much loved friend, and falling in love again.

8. A blessing in itself: when we finally got home, the dog hadn’t gnawed his leg off in hunger. Once home, he managed to get out through the fence, and just sat there outside our gate waiting for us to notice him. When Chris did notice him, he came when he was called and went straight back in the yard. I am so thankful that he didn’t run onto the road or run away. Yay Charlie! We love you!

9. A package waiting for me on my balcony from the divine Lisa Marie. How sweet it is to be loved by you. I dressed in my favourite purple dress, lit some Bhagavad Gita incense, lit a strawberry candle, and took a few moments to express gratitude for the package and the love it was sent with. And then I opened. Art cards. The most amazing blue necklace ~ how can someone a world away who hasn’t met me know my taste EXACTLY? Princess hairclips. A SARK card. Scented soap from Soap Opera. Mixed music CDs. And the most beautiful thing of all. A cassette tape. Not ANY old cassette tape. A cassette tape letter, spoken by Lisa Marie, to me. I cannot express to you how divine it was to hear her voice. It was like having a conversation with her. I was transfixed. She has the most beautiful, soft, girly but goddess~like voice. Giggly. Kind. Warm. It sounded so familiar. Lisa Marie is such a kindred spirit, and it was such an affirmation to hear her. Her telling stories of her day, of her reading poetry on a radio station. Interspersed with bursts of Celtic music and snippets of old movies her boyfriend was watching. Oooh. I just loved it. I love HER!

You should have seen me listening to it. It was the best entertainment I have had in yonks. I lay on my stomach in bed, face cupped in hands, staring out the window, just listening to her voice. It’s the first time I have had someone send me a cassette letter, and it brought me so much joy.

Thank you dearest Lisa Marie for the immensely beautiful package, the necklace, the joy of hearing your voice. I am still in wonder. I can’t wait to listen to it allllll. And then rewind and hear it all over again.



Me and my new neckplace. Like we’d never been apart.

10. You know what else I’m really grateful for? Sharing this journey with you. I receive such heartfelt responses from people. It is a delight and a joy. I love hearing from you all. You all are such incredible, divine beings, each doing work to make this world a better place. I believe in each one of you. I believe in me. Yes, we can grow. We can discover. We can give ourselves the love we seek. It’s all there at our fingertips. We each have it. The capacity for joy is inside each of us. Always.

Joy is an option.

Love,

Leonie

struck





pic from email forward today…

“It’s surprising how many persons go through life without ever recognizing that their feelings toward other people are largely determined by their feelings toward themselves, and if you’re not comfortable within yourself, you can’t be comfortable with others.”

~ Sydney J. Harris

beautiful joys





A beautiful photo by the ever delightful Deb.

See the most amazing flower on the tree?

That’s Deb. she is the goddess of hearts, sharing, love.

She is creative and magical in conversation and connections.

“The art of being yourself at your best is the art of unfolding your personality into the man (or woman) you want to be. Be gentle with yourself, learn to love yourself, to forgive yourself, for only as we have the right attitude toward ourselves can we have the right attitude toward others.”

– Wilfred Peterson

A beautiful day.

Lately I have been having visions ~ of being born, of being a gypsy woman

and today, in the bathrooms at work (where all great thoughts take place)

I saw a large printed butterfly before my eyes.

Inspired by lush Lile‘s gorgeous bracelets she made…

I can’t wait to be able to show you them on her coming soon webpage

It has been so beautiful to see her ideas and dreams formulate, grow, flourish

into a great big creative tree ~

with a beautiful blue stoned bracelet as its flower.

Love this photo by dearest Deb of me and Chris at our birthday brunch ~

Tonight went to see the amazing Ellanita, the “leader” of the women’s group

We had such a good, honest, beautiful conversation

she gave me ideas of books to read

and what to expect.

We are going to a labyrinth on Sunday, should be a beautiful experience.

She told me she saw butterflies and winged ones all about me,

playing in my hair, fluttering, flying energy.

We talked about how I was feeling ~ what element I equate to at the moment

I feel like water ~ flowing, joyful, moving and grooving.

For those who’ve been reading my blog for a while,

you might recall the post of reconnecting with my brother who has passed away

through a clairvoyant on a radio

As it turns out, the clairvoyant used to attend the women’s group that I’m now in.

Funny how these connections take place, isn’t it?

That’s my third connection ~

first through Deb,

second through my friend Ben’s friendship with Raquel

and now the clairvoyant.

All such seemingly seperate connections

and yet intrinsically joined.

Driving home I started crying

everything is just so so beautiful and amazing

I’m HERE, I keep telling myself.

It took me all my life to get HERE.

What a beautiful thing!

Bridget the clairvoyant was on the radio again as I drove home.

And then a song ~ Landslide, the Stevie Nicks song, redone by Dixie Chicks.

I took my love, I took it down

Climbed a mountain and I turned around



I saw my reflection in the snow covered hills

And I see the beautiful Brindabella mountains in the night

and I know,

yes

I am supposed to be here

I turn into the driveway, and there is the most amazing cloud light by the twilight.

I took my own advice, and looked outside the window.

Yep, it’s heaven out there.

“The universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.”

~ Eden Philpotts



Feature Artist of the Week ~ Raquel Clark







“The Four Seasons”



I know I haven’t done this for a little while ~ I don’t wish to have a featured artist just for the sake of it,

I want to have artists who I believe in, and who touch me with their talent.

This week’s featured artist of the week is Raquel Clark.

I met Raquel through the women’s group I recently went to.

Funnily enough though, Raquel is friends with my friend Ben

And so often I’ve heard him talk of his friend Raquel!

And now I’ve met her, but through a different circle ~ the circle of Deb and her beautiful women friends.

So over these last few days I’ve gotten to know Raquel better,

And she shared with me some of her art, which I dearly love!

It is gorgeous, and goddess inspired, and fantasy, and reality all combined

In a colour*filled canvas of dreams.

One day soon there’ll be a gallery with her work in it!

Thank you for sharing with me, Raquel.

I have so enjoyed our first steps in getting~to~know~yous

And am looking forward to many more!

World, meet Raquel.

Raquel, meet world!

butt naked crazy dancing



Loved this journal ~ loved her drawings.

Especially loved Penelope’s “Doodles of Gratitudes” blog!

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Happiness is itself a kind of gratitude.

~ Joseph Wood Krutch

When we learn to give thanks, we are learning to concentrate

not on the bad things, but on the good things in our lives

~ Amy Vanderbilt



I am so very excited about this weekend – I am doing a labyrinth workshop with the women’s group,

And I’ve just started reading up on it, researching labyrinths.

“Your life is a sacred journey. And it is about change, growth, discovery, movement, transformation, continuously expanding your vision of what is possible, stretching your soul, learning to see clearly and deeply, listening to your intuition, taking courageous challenges at every step along the way. You are on the path… exactly where you are meant to be right now… And from here, you can only go forward, shaping your life story into a magnificent tale of triumph, of healing of courage, of beauty, of wisdom, of power, of dignity, and of love.”

~ Caroline Adams

What else have I learned of late?

Oh yes. I had an interesting talk with bus friend Paris yesterday.

He talked of a 20 year school reunion, and how it was melancholic to think that in another 20 years, he would be attending a funeral of one of his school buddies.

It made me think though.

We all put certain estimates on our own life.

We all think we have time to spare to do this, and that,

But that time is not assured.

We may not live until we are old.

My little sister is 17 and just graduated from school.

One of her friends was killed in a car accident last week.

My own brother passed away when he was 25 years old.

The point of this, however, is not to be depressing.

It is to be joyful.

We have such precious little time on this earth,

And yet we postpone joy, we postpone living our dreams

Until everything is “just perfect”

Can I tell you something?

It’s perfect now. Just as it is.

I’m not kidding. Look outside the closest window:

It’s heaven out there.

Look in the mirror or a clear puddle, see inside:

You’re a divine being in there.

This morning as I got out of the shower,

Stared in the mirror,

I heard a voice say to me:

Today’s the day. Live how you want to live.

Be who you want to be, right now.

So I danced butt naked down the hallway,

And me and the dog did a happy jig together

Crazy dancing and crazy giggling

Running circles around the room

Stretching like a ballerina

Just because I could and because I wanted to be that way.