CharmedPosted: March 8, 2013 Filed under: 365 Meditation Challenge, Adventures in art, Daily Walk, Digital Art, Earth, Fire, home, Mindfulness, nature, Photography, pond, Quotes, Spirit, Today's Joys, Walking, wandering, water, weather, winter | Tags: clouds, flowers, gratitude, Hiking, Katrina Kenison, MaidinSun Photography, Meditations from the Mat, nature, Outdoors, Photography, pond, quotes, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Rasheed Ogunlaru, Rolf Gates, trees, water, weather, wildflowers, winter, woods 30 Comments
In life one has a choice to take one of two paths: to wait for some special day — or to celebrate each special day.
~ Rasheed Ogunlaru
Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
As I walked this morning, my mantra was “I am grateful for the gift of this day.” The ground was mushy and muddy and slippery in spots. The sky was overcast and several shades of gray. The air was cold and carrying the scent of the neighbor’s horses and cows.
It was a beautiful morning in spite of the lack of sunshine and blue sky. Even the gray clouds had a beauty to them I don’t often appreciate.
Gratitude, in my experience, leads to appreciation although sometimes we appreciate before we become aware of our gratitude.
We can either be in the flow or be in our heads. Moment to moment, our bodies remind us whether we are present or not. In the end it is never about control, it is always about letting go.
~ Rolf Gates & Katrina Kenison, Meditations From The Mat
It can be difficult to appreciate a day like today. This is the time of year when it is neither winter nor spring. There is no snow to play in, no ice to sparkle in the light. The ground is muddy. Flowers are just beginning to stir. The crocuses and snowdrops are the only bloomers right now, and there’s not a lot of color in the outside world (unless you go looking for it or create it on your own).
When each day is the same as the next, it’s because people fail to recognize the good things that happen in their lives every day that the sun rises.
~ Paolo Coehlo
We’re springing forward this weekend. I prefer to fall back because I love that extra hour of sleep. Sunrise will come later for a while. Tomorrow the sun will come up at 6:48 am. On Sunday we won’t see it until almost an hour later (at 7:46 am).
… there is no such thing as a charmed life, not for any of us, no matter where we live or how mindfully we attend to the tasks at hand. But there are charmed moments, all the time, in every life and in every day, if we are only awake enough to experience them when they come and wise enough to appreciate them.
~ Katrina Kenison, The Gift of an Ordinary Day
I reckon that’s it from the Bogs for today. Thank you so much for stopping by and joining me on another walk around Breezy Acres. I hope your day included a charmed moment or two or three.
Have a sweet and delightful day, evening, night… wherever and whenever you are on the spectrum of time. And have a great weekend!
Magic wasn’t something I had to go in search of; it was here, within me, all the time. When hearts are open, when love is flowing, magic happens.
~ Katrina Kenison, Magical Journey: An Apprenticeship in Contentment
very funny ponies!!! gratitude, a deep calming message, and gorgeous photos you have shared robin … we are still forward, for another few weeks then we drop back to enjoy that extra hour of sleep … the long afternoons are just perfect for the beach … love your crocus 🙂
Thank you, Christine. 🙂
I love Katrina Kenison’s books. I’m part way through her new one and was happy to see you quoted both of them here!
The pony picture was a great way to end your post – kept it from getting too serious.
Thanks, Nancy. 🙂
I would like to go through the portal and journey in to those fairy woods.
Me too, CM. Perhaps when the Green Man comes for a visit will be allowed to do that. 😀
Don’t go without me! 😉
Love that pony photo! My zodiac mantra for the year (Cancer) is: “I am grateful every day for what I have”. I don’t think it should be particular to my star sign, though– everyone can do with being thankful for what’s already in our lives. 🙂
Thank you, Dana. 🙂 That’s a wonderful mantra.
What a great post – I picked up on the bit about the smell of the neighbour’s horses and cows – most people dislike that smell, but to me it reminds me of living in a village as a child and I love it, especially the smell of cow shit! LOL!
I love the pic at the end, of the ponies! Hilarious!
LOL, Nickie! That’s IT exactly. I kind of like the smell, too. It’s part of living here so it’s a home type of scent. 🙂
I’m with you on the dark mornings too. I hate them. We don’t spring forward for another 3 weeks, thankfully, and I need to check out the sunrise times just to reassure myself.
Love the sentiments about gratitude.Your posts are inspiring, Robin. Truly inspiring.
Thank you so much, Bo. 🙂
The magic of the forest! Love, love that first shot. Would look lovely framed on the wall, a dreaming spot.
Thank you, Joss. It was a dreaming kind of morning. 🙂
Great reminder about gratitude…that is something I’m trying to cultivate more of in my life. Thanks!
You’re welcome, Cindy. And thank you. 🙂
An Attitude of Gratitude…something we should all aspire to…
The ponies are adorable 🙂
The ponies crack me up, Marie. They make the funniest faces. 🙂
I love watching all animals at play. They are so innocent. I do try to appreciate every day and all that I have; in the end, that’s what happiness is all about.
Me too, Jo Ann. 🙂
Thank you for the moments and perspective. This is a difficult time of year – the “between” season as you say. March and November are very similar in that way. Winter reared up again around here yesterday, and we are coated again in a blanket of white, though not terribly deep. Temps are supposed to rise this weekend so I expect it to be fleeting.
You’re welcome, Karma. And thank you. 🙂 I was thinking the same thing about March and November. They are not easy months, are they?
I always love the way you edit photos, you make them look unique. My favorites from this post are one and three, they’re very atmospheric.
Thank you, Belen. 🙂
You have a very special gift with processing the images…beautiful! New follower♥
Thank you so much, Laurie. And thank you for stopping by, commenting, and following. I truly appreciate it. 🙂
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