Namaste: 3 October 2011

Anjali Mudra: Gratitude Namaste

Anjali Mudra: Namaste

I’m inspired by Amanda at Let’s Take the Metro‘s weekly gratitude post. So, I’m going to cultivate a little more gratitude in my life by joining her on a quest to be thankful until we absolutely exude gratitude. I hope you’ll also join Amanda in sharing just five things you are thankful for this week. Thank you to Amanda for helping bring back genuine gratitude.

This week I am grateful for:

  • Words. The ones that come out and the ones that come in. If I didn’t write, it would take me a long time to take the steps on my path of life. They help me sort, feel, believe, let go, and be fearless. If I didn’t read, I would consume far fewer new ideas. I think other people’s minds are fascinating. Nothing else allows a peek into them like the words of others. However imperfect communication is, it does create connection.
  • Silence. I’m learning to find comfort in silence. I used to be afraid of it and it wasn’t until I had this realization that I began practicing meditation. It wasn’t until I had this realization that I stopped arguing so much with my partner just to fill that silence. Being in silence no longer means being lost alone with a forest of dark thoughts. Now I can hug whatever arises. When I can’t handle the noise, I surrender into the silence.
  • Noise. I grew up an only child with a single, working and otherwise occupied parent. The noise of 6 beings (including the dog) in our small home reminds me that we are a family. Each of us is an individual who is uniquely woven into the crazy cacophany of bubblepopperlightsaberdressupcookingworkingwritingyogaingdancinglaughingfighting. When I can’t handle the silence, I surrender into the noise.
  • Take Away.  I haven’t been cooking this week at all and healthy take away choices have been a boon to our family. We just went through one of those periods where we didn’t restock the kitchen and were tired of pasta. Starting over with an empty pantry will actually be a good thing as the kids can participate in the shopping and meal planning
  • Elimination Communication. We’re going through one of the more enjoyable phases of ECing. At 15 months, Bud is asking to use the potty and gets royally mad at us if we’re not quick enough to recognize his requests. He takes obvious joy in his ability to make the decision when and where to exercise his bodily functions and in getting us to help him. I can’t think of too many things better for a strong-willed toddler than to exert his will in a positive way.

I feel as though I just stood under a clear waterfall. Thank you, Amanda, for reminding me to give my gratitude a voice (oops! Does that make 6? 😉

9 thoughts on “Namaste: 3 October 2011

  1. I think I need to adopt this practice too. As I’m being more aware of giving of myself in kindness, what I’m really noticing is how much kindness I receive all the time in small ways even out in the big wide world.
    And thank you so much for reading my post and sharing it. It means so very much to me.

  2. I would like to learn gratitude for noise. Even with just two kids and no dog, I find the noise level deafening sometimes. This morning I got to do yoga with one kid telling me in detail what she wants to do when we get a kitten after our cats die and the other begging me to put on a Curious George audiobook.

    And I have to remind myself to be grateful for EC. I’ve been frustrated lately that my 26mo isn’t “done” (my first was done at 21 mos). I suppose revised expectations might help. I just get tired of cleaning up excretions.

    • Thank you for stopping by, CJ. I have to put myself in a place of gratitude for the noise sometimes. I did invest in some earplugs since ds3 is in a sreaming/screeching phase right now. But, I remember it, know it will pass (faster if I don’t react), and appreciate that he’s exploring his communication. I felt a similar frustration with ds2 since ds1 (and now ds3) was so easy. But, my goal is that they maintain their awareness above all else. I just needed to keep reminding myself of that during those last few “are we done this time?” months.

  3. I like these very much! Appreciations are wonderful to contemplate. I’m appreciative of the many people I’ve met on the internet who live complicated and wondrous lives. Nice to meet you through NaBloWriMo – I’ll be back!
    Jan Morrison

I love comments and try to reply to each one. I look forward to connecting with you. Namaste

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