A pause for gratitude

Research studies have shown that gratitude increases happiness and life satisfaction, enhances other positive emotions, reduces anxiety and depression, increases our resilience, allows us to sleep better, and strengthens relationships, to name a few of its many benefits.

In other words, the practice of gratitude can be a game-changer in making our lives happier and more fulfilling. Gratitude opens our heart and moves us beyond ourselves. It shifts our awareness and perspective. Our world becomes larger as we acknowledge the gifts, blessings, and lessons from our day-to-day experiences.

Thanksgiving kicks off the season of gratitude. And with that in mind, I am considering what has made me especially grateful this year:


Yes, color. These days, I am stepping out of my usual black and white. I have new blue sneakers that give me happy feet, a coral sweater that resonates with my soul and I even tried a one-night watercolor class to play with color. Clearly, this is also a metaphor on how I am seeing the world. My world is expanding and vibrating with many colors – and patterns, too.

Learning to Allow

I have been on this blue-green planet for many years and it has taken that long for me to really get this business of allowing. I love the Zen saying, “Let go or be dragged.” I am not stepping into anyone’s karma and I am happily tending my own garden and without side comment or sage bon mots for others.

And allowing makes it all so much easier. There is more flow, more room for possibility and less stress. Yes, please! Give me an A, L, L, O, W!

The Middle Space

This has been my year of temporarily zoning out and hanging out in the middle space. My eyes grow soft and I find myself in a quiet zone of expanded time and space. It is quite lovely to travel this way on the inner frequencies.

May all of you have some moments of color and play.

May you find yourself in the flow of allowing.

And may your eyes grow soft and unfocused as you let go and be.

Happiest of days to you all. YOU certainly fill my heart and make me happy. Much love and many blessings to you all.


P.S. Thank you, Cheyenne, for the perfect penguin image.



4 Responses to A pause for gratitude

  1. Adele Ryan McDowell November 24, 2017 at 3:09 pm #

    If there was a picture of your fab purple shoes, it didn’t come through, but they sound swell. You are a wonder. xx

  2. Adele Ryan McDowell November 24, 2017 at 3:08 pm #

    Thanks, Gayook! And right back at you! xx

  3. Na'ama November 23, 2017 at 3:41 pm #

    Many thanks for YOU, Adele.

    As per blue shoes … and how they make ya happy … Welcome to the shoes-in-color club! Aren’t these fab? (when you want to expand, consider purple shoes, too!)


  4. Gayook November 23, 2017 at 2:26 pm #

    Beautiful article on this Thanksgiving Day. Thank you for being you!