Posts Tagged 'gratitude'

Thanks for The Universe

« Merci. Bonne journée. »

« Merci. Au revoir. »

How many times do we say thank you every day?

How many times do we say thank you to our loved ones?

How many times do we thank The Universe?

And how many times do we have brief grateful exchanges with strangers, like the one above, that I had with a bus driver today?

I was wondering today how many times I have shared grateful exchanges with people through-out my daily life and how much is the sum total of that collective gratitude.

WOW that must be oceans of positive energy squared!

I must have thanked hundreds of bus drivers through-out my life-time, for the simple task of driving me to my destination. It’s a second instinct now and I feel odd if I don’t say a word in passing, when I get off the bus.

It’s always nice when the bus drivers thank me and others, for sharing their journey on their bus too.

It’s a funny thing but common everywhere in town, that brief exchange.

We thank the bus drivers, the taxi drivers, the waiters and waitresses who bring us our food in restaurants. We thank the workers in dépanneurs (convenience stores for those outside of Quebec and Canada) for selling us a pack of gum.

How many times did I thank the sellers of train tickets during my recent trip to Italy?

Oh so many train tickets bought, for hundreds of kilometres of train track travelled.

We thank people when they sell us something. We thank people when they give us information that we are looking for.

We thank people in everyday life and in extraordinary moments.

We thank people when we are down and they comfort us. We thank people when we share a smile in passing over some small moment shared.

We thank those who love us for being there for us. We thank those who love us for loving us, in good times and bad.

For some of us, we give thanks for the lessons learned. Even when the lesson was not easy to take. That is a gift indeed, to learn even when the heart is hurting from what life throws our way.

Oh and we thank The Universe, when The Universe acts in The Universe’s usual Mysterious Ways, pointing us in the next direction we need to take, through so many small signs and messages.

You can literally feel your heart expand when you give thanks, if you listen carefully.

That feeling of complete gratitude can expand until it brings tears of joy to your eyes, for feeling so much love.

Yes, a simple mathematical equation: Gratitude = LOVE +x.

The amount x is depending how large the gratitude you feel is.

A small thank you, for someone passing you a pen to write.

Up to a BIG thank you, for someone holding you close as you cry.

You have a choice to either multiply or add the x…but the heart will know what quotient is right to feel.

Giving thanks to the Divine Source for the blessing of living another beautiful day on this Earth?

That is priceless.

Much Love & Gratitude, Universe.
Anima Blue  🙂

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#40DaysofLove: Day 5

On The Wings of Gratitude and 40 Days of Thankfulness

40 days of Love Facebook Event

#40DaysofLove

40daysofLove_Day5

#40DaysofLove: Day 5

So my #40DaysofLove journey continues, with Day 5.

“Day 5: Today apologize for one thing you know you were wrong for saying/doing. When love takes over, it compels us to humbly apologize and take full responsibility for our part in any conflict.”

WOW this is a tough one. Not hard to apologize. Hard to pick only one person, one action to apologize for. *Sigh*

I often like to say my life is a “Work in Progress”, when I realize I have made mistakes. Mistakes with someone, somewhere in the world. Even mistakes with myself.

I have decided to make this a Global Apology, to fit a pattern of behavior of mine.

I apologize for being a Control Freak.

I always start with good intentions.

Often when I join some new group project of some kind, I have so many fresh ideas and enthusiasm. I join in the conversation and express all the inspiration I feel bubbling inside me. Things we can do, partnerships, creative brainstorms.

And then all too often, I naturally feel (and see) myself taking over.  Shifting the group and group dialogue in a direction I think we should go.

I am aware I am doing this, and see myself doing this more and more.

I try to put some brakes on, from time to time. Try to shut up and let other people talk.

Try to let the others lead where they want to go, say what they want to say, shape the project the way they want to shape it.

My intentions are always good.

But sometimes I just go too far.

And then people begin to feel I have taken over their time, their projects, and their time for expression.

And I end up feeling bad about the whole thing.

I usually end up apologizing to the people involved. And tell them I did not mean any harm.

I end up feel bad about what I did. And end up blaming myself again.

For releasing my Control Freak Monster once again.

Suddenly, I can hear “Release the Kraken!!!!!”

And imagine that is my Control Freak Monster rising from the seas…lol.

Well at least I can laugh about it! 😀

So to all the loved ones in my life, to all the people in the group activities I am involved in, I apologize to you all:

Please forgive me for releasing my Inner Control Freak again.

Tomorrow is a new day. And hopefully, a Control-Freak-Free one for me and you.

Anima Blue

#40DaysofLove Challenge Brought to You By: On The Wings of Gratitude and 40 Days of Thankfulness

Hello Dear Readers!

I have decided to participate in an AWESOME new Blog Challenge and Facebook Event!

On The Wings of Gratitude and 40 Days of Thankfulness have created a

40 Days of Love Challenge!

Details from the Facebook event:

40 days of love

“We are not instructed to love when it’s convenient for us. We are not instructed to love when others love us first. We are not instructed to stop loving if we are wronged. We are not instructed to love only when others meet our unrealistic expectations.

We are called to LOVE. If we can give more of it, we will receive more of it. You can choose anger, cynicism, bitterness, and defeat, or you can choose to start your 2013 off right and join our 40 Days of Love Challenge.

Beginning January 6, 2013, the 40 Days of Love event will launch. We are asking you to join us. We are asking you to love. Love those mothers and fathers in your life who’ve hurt you, love those husbands and wives who you once couldn’t live without, love those children who are your life no matter what they do, love those friends who are in your life for a reason.

Once a day we will challenge you to do something for that person. We will ask you to share your ideas with others on Facebook or twitter. We will ask you to post pictures on Instagram of your love challenge or your loved one.

(F.A.Q.)
What do I need to do? Join the FB event, share/invite others, choose the person you are going to LOVE during this challenge and wait for the challenges to come in each day! We will remind you, don’t worry! 🙂

Does it have to be a husband or a wife? NO! It doesn’t matter who you are LOVING in the 40 Days as long as you are doing something IN LOVE for them.

Can you choose to keep it a secret? Sure, but you don’t have to! Totally up to you!

Can you choose to do your own 40 day challenges? Sure! We will just post as guidance for those that are less creative (like us) 🙂
Is this just for women? NO! We NEED the men of our lives to join in the most! You are husbands, sons, fathers…….you are SO important!

By February 14th, we should all have more love in our lives and THAT will be cause to celebrate a day of love! »

I will be participating in this event and will be blogging about it!

Are you in?

Let’s share LOTS of LOVE…across the world!

Here we go!

If you are tweeting your participation on Twitter, be sure to use the hash tag:
#40DaysofLove

Love & Light,

Anima Blue 🙂

100 Blessings

I often like to think about my blessings. Recently, I was inspired to write about my blessings due to a little game called “Akoha” that I like to play. You can read about a fun Akoha mission I blogged about here: Acts of Kindness, The Akoha “Read A Blogger, Feed a Blogger” Mission and CheapEthnicEatz.com

What is Akoha? Well, it comes from a little Montreal start-up website called akoha.com. It’s evolved into different stages. It began as an idea of doing random acts of kindness called “Missions”, and playing it forward to other people, who continued to do good in the world. Today, Akoha describes itself this way: “Akoha offers real-world activities for you to discover life’s special moments, capture them, and share them with friends.”

Well, recently I hit a landmark of having completed “100 Akoha Missions”. And I had created a special Mission on Akoha called “100 Akoha Missions” , where Akohans do something special to commemorate hitting this special achievement.

Which is what inspired this blog.

What would be better to celebrate my 100th Akohan Mission than a blog about 100 blessings? 🙂 Akoha is all about appreciating the small moments in life…and so here are my 100 blessings, that I am grateful for.

100 Blessings

1. my spirituality, my belief in the meaning of life, the universe, a Higher Being, God.
2. my life, every day that I live it.
3. my 5 senses, that take in information and process it every day.
4. the food and drink I have to nourish myself every day
5. the shelter I have in my home
6. my body, that functions and carries me through-out each day
7. my sense of humour, that reminds me not to “sweat the small stuff” and fills my life with laughter and fun
8. my sense of adventure and open spirit, that makes me so curious to learn about different lands and people and cultures and belief systems
9. my joie de vivre, which literally gives me joy out of my life
10. my dreams and hopes, that lead me to imagine great things
11. my optimism, which makes me see the positive in everything
12. my compassion and empathy, which leads me to understand and help people in suffering and living difficult situations
13.  my ever-evolving wisdom and knowledge, that brings me the gifts of lessons learned and further understanding about the world we live in and the people around us
14. my loved ones, the friends and family and lovers I have known, who have blessed my life with their presence in so many ways
15. the loved ones who have passed away, who blessed my life while they walked the earth and who still live in my heart every day of my life
16. the people who have crossed my path, the ones who shared something with me, the ones who made me think, the ones who brought a message I needed to learn
17. the difficult life lessons and moments in my life, that made me grow as a person and made me stronger
18. the earth that I walk on every day
19. the blue sky’s air that I breathe every day
20. nature, with its breath-taking, inspiring and calming beauty that awes me
21. the whispering trees that remind me to breathe in the moment
22. the animals of the earth, dogs and cats and all, who remind me of the beautiful simplicity of life
23. babies and kids, who make me look at the world with eyes filled with questions and make me smile and laugh
24. the citylife and its exciting adrenalin rush
25. the sun’s rays and sunshine that warms my skin and makes me want to stretch and walk
26. the soft rain that falls down to clean everything away, the cool freshness of raindrops falling on me
27. the mysterious moon with it’s moonlight filled with shadows that make me dream
28. the millions of stars that make me wish
29. my childhood, with its carefree ways and innocent adventures
30. my teenage years that taught me to make my own decisions and stick by them
31. my heart, so filled with love for so many people
32. the mysterious coincidences of life, the synchronicities, that bring wonderful connections onto my path
33. every crossroad that I’ve crossed, that reminded me that I have the power to change the direction of my life
34. my education, that allowed me to explore my curiosity and learn so many things
35. books, that make a thousand worlds and more, come alive in my brain
36. music, that inspires me in so many ways and takes me away to new landscapes and inspires me to write
37. my writing, the blogs, the stories, the poems and the books, that I’ve written and started to write that let my spirit soar through my playful use of words, and let me express a world of emotions and thoughts
38. all the people, the teachers and readers, who encouraged me to write and who saw that I had something valuable to share through my writing
39. all the teachers and mentors who showed me the way
40. all the funny stories that made me laugh
41. everything that made me cry, from happiness or sadness, for the cleansing feeling that tears bring
42. the pain I’ve felt, for learning how to live with pain and transcend it’s limitations
43. all the different jobs and careers I’ve had, and the richness of each experience
44. all the places I traveled to, that inspired and shaped my thoughts
45. all the restaurants of the world and their culinary treasures
46. all the art of the world, for breathing so much beauty in my life
47. all the mysteries and enigmas that I’ve discovered, unraveled and have been fascinated by
48. all the people who have helped me when I needed the help
49. all the people I’ve helped, for the gift of being able to help a fellow human being
50. for the money I make which allows me to buy the necessities in life and a few extras
51. for all the fun times I have shared with friends and other loved ones
52. all the spiritual people and leaders who have shared their varied and different beliefs with me, whether in their writings or in person (or both)
53. the acceptance I’ve felt from people I’ve met
54. the stories of life journeys that people have shared with me
55. meditation, whether in groups or on my own, the gift of peace and realization it has brought to me
56. silence, for the peace it brings my soul
57. the different seasons, for the changes and excitement it brings into my life
58. the clothes and shoes I wear, for keeping me warm and making me feel beautiful
59. all the people I’ve fallen in love with, who loved me, and the blessing of those relationships and sharing
60. silly things like the Cookie Monster (‘cause he’s funny, he’s a foodie, and he’s BLUE! )
61. all things blue! 🙂
62. all the poetry that has moved my heart and soul
63. all the dreamers of the world who dare to dream of a better place and a better way to be
64. the process of personal evolution, for all the “me”s I’ve become and will be
65. this moment, the utter perfection and ordinariness of it
66. all the transportation devices that bring me to exciting places
67. the physical exercise that makes me feel good and become healthier
68. the best and closest friends of my life, for being there, for sharing, for being who they are and accepting me for who I am
69. for all the people who have ever said a blessing over me
70. for all the people I’ve silently blessed
71. for the passing strangers who have made me smile
72. for all the people who’ve held a door open for me
73. for all the doors to opportunities that have shown up in my life
74. for the people who encouraged me when I was down
75. for the people who shared my joy when I felt bliss
76. for all the sacred spaces I have found and shared and the manna they have given my soul
77. for all the people I have mentored, coached, trained or taught something, for my being able to pass on my knowledge and wisdom
78. for all the realities beyond, the paranormal and supernatural, that fascinate me
79. for the feeling of groundedness, that firmly keeps me on my chosen path
80. for the random kindness of strangers
81. for all the bus drivers and merchants who greet me, smile and say hello
82. for the feeling of being pampered when I need it the most and need to recharge
83. for all the gatherings of people and events that I’ve hosted, that gave me such a thrill to bring fun and happiness to groups of people
84. for every single friend I have made in my life
85. for my parents who gave me the gift of life and so many blessings as parents
86. for my sister who has always been a hero for me, with all her incredible courage and strength
87. for my brother who tried to do the best he could
88. for my beautiful nieces and nephew for simply being
89. for all the surrogate mothers who gave freely of their love when I needed it the most
90. for the power of blogging, which give me this rich soapbox to stand on and share
91. for the incredible complexity and exciting possibilities of the internet, which all it’s knowledge and resources
92. for all the forums where I’ve posted and discussed so many things with so many wonderful strangers
93. for my websites, for the fun of designing and writing them
94. for meetup.com, which brings people together on so many macro and micro levels, in real-time gatherings and virtual networking
95. for my independence, which makes me so happy to stand on my own two feet
96. for the languages I speak and my ability to communicate in them
97. for the invisible sun, that gives us hope when the day is done, as The Police sang
98. for the love of opera that my father gave me that enriches my life
99. for the love of people and meeting people that my mother passed onto me
100. for akoha.com! 🙂

Hope you count your blessings today, too!

Anima Blue 🙂

The Gift of Compassion Received

I am so used to feeling compassion for others who cross my path,  in my daily life.

This week I was so surprised to receive compassion, from a totally unexpected direction.

What a beautiful & miraculous thing that can be….the grace of compassion received.

What a gift. What a blessing.


Video Montage: The Flow
Following the flow of the universe, with a photo montage I created. The song is "Twisted Hair" by Robbie Robertson & The Red Road Ensemble, featuring the sublime operatic voice of Sioux singer Bonnie Jo Hunt, who sings over the sound of crickets.
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