Today I am grateful for ……..
- A great summer
Today I am grateful for ……..
As I sit here in Poitiers France with this view from my hotel window. I can’t help but think about the manifestation of gratitude I mention in #1 post of my new gratitude practice.
Things I’m grateful about since my last post.
Dad recovering from post operative delirium and hopefully being transferred out of ITU this morning.
My safe flight to poitiers and the fear I have of flying not stopping me boarding.
My mother’s continued bravery of being away from home from the Vendee to Poitiers whilst dad is in hospital.
For dad’s continued healing journey after major heart surgery and his progression back to health.
My safe flight tomorrow evening back to the UK
I have just started reading yet another book on my kindle. This time Kyle Gray’s book titled ‘Angel Prayers’ and he suggested a gratitude journal that not only gives thanks to the things you know about but also to those you want to manifest. For years I have kept a gratitude journal but never for manifestation. So here goes.
Today I give thanks for five things I have had.
Safe journey to the hotel at the airport.
Dad’s health improving and him coming out of post operative delirium.
Thanks to mum being calmer seeing dad released from the restraints ITU had to put on him to keep him safe as well as the people looking after him.
Thanks to my brother for looking after mum and dad over the past few days.
Thanks for the holiday company allowing us easily to change our destination so we can be nearer to the hospital if needed whilst still having a holiday that we need after everything so far this year has thrown at us.
I would love to get in that plane calm and not experiencing the fear I get whilst flying.
Dad continues to improve and heal
The next two days being a positive experience without worrying about the fear coming back knowing I have to fly home.
Martin’s had continues to gain strength following his fusion operation
I’ll try to update gratitude regularly and let’s see what happens.
Take care all
Well today is the start of the four day break from the day job and a chance to relax and chill out for a few days over the Easter weekend, spendkng time with friends and family . Over the past few weeks my partner has had an operation requiring 8 weeks in a plaster cast and my father , who lives in France has been in and out of hospital over the last few weeks. So as we continue to make our way through spring and into the summer ahead I can’t help but reflect on the last few months and the winter we have left behind.
Probably like most people during the winter months, with the shorter dark days, I like to lock myself away in a cosy home, with my partner and the two boys (see previous posts) and use this time to, in effect, allow myself to rest and give myself that time to just stop. Similarly to the plants and animals that a still happily hibernating. The clocks going forward for me, again in tune with nature is the time I feel awake and somewhat ready to face the world again.
Like the flowers just raising their heads above the warm earth it is time! Time to get out more. Time to start preparing the garden for the months ahead. Time to get out and about in the evenings, making the most of the late spring evening sunshine to get that last bit of fresh air before retiring for the night. Being mindful of the day, the moment I am in, what I have and what the coming few months will bring.
We still managed to get away for a few days break in the New Forest before my partner’s op and echoing our preference to retreat during the first few months of the year, we rented a cabin which sat in a remote part of the area with the door opening directly on to the forest parkland. Regular morning visitors including the forest ponies and deer which I think the dogs had an innate respect for and stayed clear. Their size probably helped too!
Enjoying long walks, rewarded with an Ale at the end, the few days away was a great added bonus for the time of year. Who knows what the rest of spring and summer has to bring but one mindful reflection I have made is that today, this moment and in this place all is well.
The boys look like they’re happy with spring arriving too.
Every three years we spend Christmas with friends where both households, this time with four dogs, rent a large house somewhere in the UK for a real get away break. Relaxed and informal where we just chill, cook together, laugh together and spend valuable time together without the pressures of entertaining others.
This year we ventured to Suffolk, where our friends who booked it didn’t realise that they had booked us into a thatched farm house in the village I used to live before my parents moved to France. So not only was it a Xmas get away, it was in part a trip down memory lane and a special visit to make too.
Harley and Tjan (pictured) seemed to enjoy the trip too, well who wouldn’t when you are a couple of Shihtzu dogs with the chance to terrorise two large Labradors, Poppy and Hector for a week.
Getting away also encourages that period of reflection and to some point being mindful of the surroundings you find yourself in and over the week this is, in effect what my mind got up to.
The special visit to me was to my brother’s grave who died back in 1985 at the age of 20 with me being just 15. The place where his ashes were laid to rest is a rather unique and special church about a five minute drive from where we were staying. Thornham Parva church is pure slice of heaven, history and silence. Nestled between arable land and single lane country roads, a part of me and my family lies peacefully.
This picture was taken on the morning of Thursday 22nd December, with the low sunshine coming through the frosty mist that adorned the Suffolk fields surrounding it and made my visit even more magical than usual. Placing a Wreath on his grave I couldn’t help but enter for a wander and a sit in silence inside this very special place with its wall painted tale of St Edmund, and welcoming energy.
Being here, in the church made me think about how quickly life can change. In an instant things can happen for the worse or for the better. Adding to the reflective mood I was now in, I began to think about 2016 and what it brought to my life. So in a mini meditation mindset the list came through:-
So all in all a busy 2016 and one that has been enjoyable with good health and plenty more to be grateful for.
I wish all the readers a great, happy and healthy 2017 and look forward to sharing further little pockets of pleasure as the coming year takes us on our journey to wherever that shall be.
I don’t know about your good selves, but nothing is better than that moment when your feet, free from the barriers of socks or shoes, make contact with the earth.
Suddenly and without necessarily being aware of it I am grounded.
There is a myriad of opinion on what being grounded means but I believe this is a truly personal matter and experience. To me it means, being in direct contact with the earth. The feeling of the ground beneath me, directly against my skin and being aware of the energy within that connection. Being mindful how it physically feels, the texture of the grass, is it cold, warm, damp or dry? Is it soft, sharp or mossy?
I love it and that few moments of being in direct contact with our planets surface is a grounding exercise I truly recommend. And it is free.
We just need to make sure we look after it as before too long there will be no more earth if we don’t look after it.
I cannot believe I have never spent some time just idly staring up at the clouds and letting my mind relax as I watch them pass silently overhead.
Well, this weekend, whilst away camping I reclined my comfy outdoor chair and did just that. There I was, in the moment, chilled out, relaxing and just watching them pass over me, under a bright blue backdrop of summer sky.
And what a pleasure it was too. Definitely one of a new little pockets of pleasure in my book.