Practice kindness all day to everybody and you will realize you’re already in heaven now. – Jack Kerouac
Every person I’ve met who exudes peace, compassion, and a sense of emotional wellness that often escapes me have at their core a sense of gratefulness. They are my teachers. They the are poor and well to do. They’ve never experienced worldly success and they’ve been on top. They’re black, white, brown, and yellow. They’re men and women. Young and old. They represent all religions and ethnicities. They’re grateful for sun and blue sky. They’re grateful for a glass of water. They’re grateful for you and me. I want to be like them. Gratefulness is a way of life. Enjoy Rita Ora’s Oscar performance her Grateful Song.
A grateful attitude is a pathway to happiness, joy, and love. When I view life through my heart’s lens, I see all life as a gift I have no time for sorrow, no time for envy, no time to crawl inside a personal prison. I jump for joy, for each moment is Christmas – it is all gift. Please enjoy this powerful YouTube video about gratitude.
“What are you doing, Ray?”
“I’m standing in the middle of my backyard, hoping to find a quiet space. Get the hint.”
“Do you mind if I stand next to you?”
“Yes, this is my space. Don’t confuse that comment with any old social network application.”
P or B or C points, “Ray, your space is there. My space is here. You can’t have two spaces at the same time. It’s a law of spaceography.”
“I don’t think there is such a word as spaceography. Okay, stand there, be quiet and let me settle my mind.”
“Is so a word, language evolves every day. Is your mind unsettled? Did you try Tums?”
“That’s for an unsettled stomach, not an unsettled mind. If you don’t mind, quiet please while I do my mantra and breath deeply.”
“What mantra are you using? If I like it, I’ll use it too. Why did you step away from me?”
“I need more space.”
“I liked your original space better than my original space; since you’re not in your original space, I’ll claim it. See, I’m next to you again. Okay, give up the mantra.”
“No, I will not give up the mantra. And, please leave my original space.”
“I think closeness will help us bond. What do you think?”
“I don’t want to bond. I also don’t think I’ll find peace in my backyard.”
“That’s what I was thinking. I heard you go can get a good piece of chicken at Bub’s Barbeque.”
“I want peace not piece.”
“You’re unsettling my mind, Ray. Do you have any Tums?”
We all need to find a sacred space. We need a place where we can go and allow our minds to clear, bodies to settle into their natural rhythm. And, for me, a place to pray and be silent. I have such a space in my backyard. If I miss going to it for several days, I feel it. I hope you created a personal sacred space.