Simple Pleasures

I woke with a smile on my face this morning, feeling a very deep, quiet happiness that comes with being contented,  and with knowing who I am.  Things are right in my life…good….just as I want them to be.  Things are peaceful, brimming with creativity and possibility.  Are they perfect?  Of course not.  Perfection is a myth….but I prefer to think of the positive, rather than the hand that I want to hold that is miles away, or the soft little baby head that I want to kiss right now but can’t….yet.

I meditated this morning, ate steel cut oats with walnuts and bananas and then did some work.  When I’d finished, I went into the living room with my first cup of coffee and sat on the sofa facing the window.  My heart took a little leap when I saw the beautiful orchid plant that my family gave me for Mother’s Day.  It is beyond description in its beauty.  Big, gorgeous blossoms unfolding so gracefully.

Just beyond that, on the other side of the window, my little hummingbird friends kept me company amidst the brilliant green backdrop of the Hawthorne hedge as I sipped the morning beverage.   I watched the tiny little creatures for a long time.  They are such wonderful little animals…so delicate and fast, zipping in and out with their funny little whirring sound.

I called my mother and had a long talk.  We speak almost daily now, and I am so enjoying these long talks.

I have said this before, and I’ll say it again.  I have been unbelievably blessed.  I have so much to be thankful for.  This is what makes me smile.  I had so many sweet phone calls yesterday, and spent quality time with my family.  My husband, my bestie….my friend in Seattle….so many nice messages.

It can be hard to balance emotions with all of the negativity that is going on in the world right now.  I can count my lucky stars and be grateful that I have been as blessed as I have been with this wonderful combination of people that I have in my life right now.  I am completely, head over heels in love, and I am happy.

Yes, folks.  Life IS good.  Believe it or not.

I Am Light….and so are you.

This beautiful song by India Arie was performed by Dr. Wayne Dyer’s daughter, Skye, acapella, at the recent “I Am Light” seminar that I attended with my friend, Shannon Kringen,  here in Portland.  I thought of another of my friends as I listened to these words… and was grateful for his teaching and his loving light.  As I listen to this song, I am thankful for the love that I receive each day, and I am reminded again, of how lucky I am.  There is only one spirit and one mind, and we are all part of this collective intelligence and love.  We are one.

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