Gratitudes Apr 26

  1. I am so grateful that today we will, a number of us, have a day of mindfulness at work.
  2. Yesterday’s big meeting about wellness. It was good.
  3. I’m glad to be a part of it alla nd I want to do more, and will find some way to
  4. Passions.
  5. I’m grateful for my crocheting, which relaxes me.
  6. I’m so grateful for my eyesight!
  7. and my job
  8. and my friend Tr
  9. and being able to take/do/give what I need
  10. I’m grateful that I can read
  11. and that i do
  12. slept last night
  13. cool interesting dreams
  14. my fingers
  15. I will go to mother after work today
  16. and then meeting
  17. I will go to meeting tomorrow
  18. that both Tr and B want that book
  19. and i will get one for each of them
  20. art
  21. paintings
  22. sculptures
  23. architecture
  24. workouts, may i do some soon
  25. humor
  26. The Big Bang Theory repeats in the morning (free on deman)
  27. free on demand
  28. Thich Nhat Hanh
  29. G, for introducing me to the practice
  30. someone new in our group today
  31. the respect some have for me
  32. A
  33. L
  34. Jo
  35. Tr
  36. B
  37. KC
  38. Jl
  39. St
  40. D
  41. DS
  42. all my fb friends too
  43. That I am finally grown up, at this late age lol
  44. That my house is in order
  45. and *I* keep it that way
  46. and eat better
  47. and feel better walking
  48. meditation
  49. mindfulness throughout my days
  50. my house
  51. my car
  52. my legs
  53. my feet
  54. my hands
  55. my piano
  56. yarn
  57. crochet hook
  58. knitting needle
  59. I. Am. O.
  60. lights (electricity)
  61. bathroom
  62. shower
  63. bath
  64. toilet
  65. sink
  66. kitchen
  67. fridge!
  68. ice packs
  69. I will bring lunch today
  70. but – there might well be salad there too:)
  71. I will bring extra chickpeas to share in little packages in case anyone wants:)
  72. carrying bags
  73. this laptop
  74. salad dressings
  75. and that i only eat 1 T of them
  76. recipes
  77. chickpeas
  78. my FOUR week-long retreats with Thich Nhat Hanh! omg!
  79. that I speak well
  80. and understand the language well
  81. the sound of French
  82. I WILL find a way to learn more of it
  83. and to practice piano
  84. summer is coming
  85. i will make a schedule of good things for me for summer:)
  86. my d.r. table
  87. with the seashells
  88. in the tulip-like vasey dish
  89. the vase I painted
  90. and the bird perch cute thingy on it
  91. poetry
  92. the sub I’ll have today – she’s GREAT!
  93. my area rugs.
  94. that Tr kept commenting on them
  95. my cozy home
  96. my TNH calligraphies on the mantel
  97. that the money for them went to the Vietnamese orphans
  98. that I can play music on the piano
  99. deep breathing
  100. that my breath DOES go so deep. so grateful

Thank You Thank You Thank You

Affirmations Apr 26

I am good enough.

I have so much to offer!
I offer it without shyness.
People are helped.
Animals are helped.

I am beautiful.
I am appealing.
I am desirable.
I am desired.
I am lovable.
I am loved.

I take such good care of myself!

My life is wonderful and I live in a state of happiness and gratitude!

Life is eternal and filled with joy. I look forward to every moment.
Life is eternal and filled with joy. I look forward to every moment.
Life is eternal and filled with joy. I look forward to every moment.
Life is eternal and filled with joy. I look forward to every moment.
Life is eternal and filled with joy. I look forward to every moment!


Journal Apr 26

Some of yesterday’s got lost. I MUST remember to press “Publish.”

Now Prayers:
God, I offer myself to Thee. To build with me and to do with me as Thou wilt. Relieve me of the bondage of self, that I may better do Thy Will. Take away my difficulties, that victory over them may bear witness to those I would help, of Thy Power, Thy Love, and Thy Way of Life. May I do Thy Will always. Amen.
God, rant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot xhange, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.


Readings Apr 26

How to Love:


Antoine de Saint-Exupery, the author of The Little Prince wrote that, “Love does not consist in gazing at each other but in looking outward in the same direction.” But when two people suffer and look in the same direction, it is often the direction of the television! Over time, looking at each other and speaking with each other has become difficult and no longer brings joy. Disagreements have gone unresolved and tension and unhappiness have continued to grow. How can we bring love and happiness back into the relationship? First, we need to reflect on how we have contributed to this situation. Then we need to have the courage to turn off the television and take time to speak and listen to each other. As a true lover, the direction you look in is peace.

My takeaway: HUGE

How to Eat:


My bowl is empty.
My hunger is satisfied.
I vow to live
for the benefit of all beings.

After eating, don’t rush on to the next thing. Instead, spend a moment being grateful for the food you have just eaten and all that came together to create this moment. Sometimes we show our gratitude only before we eat, and then after the meal we move on. But we are as grateful for having eaten and for feeling satisfied as we are in the moments of contemplation before we eat. Living peacefully and happily is the best way to show our gratitude and is our greatest gift for the world and the next generation.

My takeaway: Beautiful. Yes. Want to do more.

How to Walk:


Go our for a slow walk with your children before going to sleep. Just ten minutes is enough. If your children want to, you can hold hands as you walk. your child will receive your concentration and stability, and you will receive his or her innocence and freshness. Young people might like to practice this simple poem while they walk They can say to themselves, “Yes, yes, yes,” as they breathe in, and Thanks, thanks, thanks,” when they breathe out. I know many children who like this poem very much.

My takeaway: I must fit more into the teaching day too.

How to Relax:

You don’t need to set aside special time for resting and relaxing. You don’t need a special pillow or any fancy equipment. You don’t need a whole hour. In fact, now is a very good time to relax.

You are probably breathing in and out right this moment. If you can close your eyes for a moment, do so. This will help you pay attention to your breath. Your body is doing so many things right now. Your heart is beating. Your lungs are inhaling and exhaling air. Blood is traveling through your veins. Without effort, your body is both working and relaxed.

My takeaway: Absolutely! May I do this many times through the day today!

Gratitudes Apr 25

  1. I am grateful for N
  2. and Tr
  3. And M
  4. A
  5. B
  6. D
  7. Jl
  8. KB
  9. Jo
  10. St
  11. KC
  12. L
  13. my mother while I have her and she is sane
  14. Radical acceptance: “Radical Acceptance means completely and totally accepting something from the depths of your soul, with your heart and your mind. You stop fighting reality. When you stop fighting you suffer less.”
  15. That I am practicing it.
  16. The peaceful, chatty, laughing days my mother had on the weekend
  17. Especially our visit Sunday.
  18. I’m grateful that M contacted me
  19. and we had lunch together.
  20. And that I’m not overly invested. Whatever happens will happen
  21. And I WILL see her girls
  22. And I do NOT *expect* so much anymore. We are all doing what we can. No person is in any way responsible for another (not counting parent with little child… of course)
  23. This:
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  25. Dogs
  26. Picked up my birdies yesterday. They are great:) They settled right back in.
  27. The ride was wonderful.
  28. I had to skip the meeting, decided to, and told them, and did. It was the right thing.
  29. I did sleep last night. Some unpleasant dreams but it’s ok. I’m glad to have slept.
  30. I will get back to bed, but am liking my time on the couch – it is a cozy nest there for me:)
  31. My mother’s aide F
  32. and especially M
  33. Breakfast right now
  34. Plan for today’s eating
  35. I would rather struggle with compulsive eating/overeating than with starvation. I am sorry for those who…

Affirmations Apr 25

Life is good.
Higher Power is in charge.
Trust is good.
I have trust.
I have a wonderful life.
I am so happy to be going to work today. Really.

Life is eternal and filled with joy.
I look forward to every moment
Life is eternal and filled with joy.
I look forward to every moment.
Life is eternal and filled with joy.
I look forward to every moment.
Life is eternal and filled with joy.
I look forward to every moment.

Life is eternal and filled with joy.
I look forward to every moment.

I am beautiful.
I am loved.
I have a wonderful life.
I have a happy family life.
I love my home.
I love myself.
All is right in my world.

Thank You.

Journal Apr 24

Prayers First:
God, I offer myself to Thee. To build with me and to do with me as Thou wilt. Relieve me of the bondage of self, that I may better do Thy will. Take away my difficulties, that victory over them may bear witness to those I would help, of Thy power, Thy love, and Thy way of life. May I do Thy will always, amen.
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things i can, and wisdom to know the difference. Amen.

Today’s Meditation:
Message: I made you. I love you. Know that you are good enough.
Gift: Peace and a good feeling inside today.
Thank You Thank You Thank You

Great visit with mother yesterday!
Was willing to bring dinner there later too. Nurse said no need and I felt grateful that didn’t have to.
Am tired emotionally. And physically ’cause not good sleep last couple nights.
Will go easy on self today.

Gratitudes April 24

  1. I’m grateful for my new ww journal
  2. and that I’m tracking
  3. someone else is my “accountability buddy” thankful
  4. sat will get thing for mouth because grinding teeth at night. glad i’ll be getting it
  5. The people at the hospital are nice to my mom
  6. Smiles
  7. It is a good hospital
  8. The How to Relax DEEP RELAXATION (in Readings April 24). Awesome
  9. I have done it.
  10. With TNH’s people
  11. It really IS awesome!
  12. cinnamon raisin English muffin. Pointy but nice (yummy and 5 gr protein)
  13. protein
  14. crunchy p.b. this morning
  15. java
  16. water
  17. I will work today
  18. Tr will be there with me
  19. B later too
  20. That I can swallow. My mother has aspirational pneumonia and I see …
  21. That liquor doesn’t call to me
  22. That drugs don’t call to me
  23. That I am eating better
  24. I am tremendously grateful that I can see. I really am. I know I say it a lot, but it’s huge to me.
  25. I am so grateful for my breath. Ther are people in iron lungs. I can breathe. And – I remember when I struggled for breath.
  26. I am so grateful that I can speak. I remember when I couldn’t. PHysically
  27. and other times emotionally
  28. I am grateful for the life I’ve built, even though I had so much trouble in childhood due to mother’s illness
  29. I am so grateful to my father! Who was good in a million ways!
  30. I am so grateful for how much I’e overcome my past.
  31. I’m grateful for fb
  32. and tv
  33. and books
  34. and sleep
  35. I’m grateful that I’ll go to work and THESE are the kids in my class
  36. And that there were FOUR of us, adults in the garden Fri. (I hate doing the garden)
  37. my book
  38. my Nook
  39. my piano
  40. that I practiced a bit Sat
  41. and Sun
  42. ww 0 point HEALTHY foods (like veg soup)
  43. my hands
  44. O’s piano playing
  45. My little book with my passwords and more in it
  46. my pocket book
  47. my crocheting
  48. siruality
  49. my car
  50. the oceans
  51. people who are helping the environment
  52. people who help each other (including me)
  53. people who help non-human animals
  54. that I have shoes. very few but I HAVE them!
  55. humor
  56. positivity
  57. that I can walk
  58. my fitbit. I will charge it and use it soon lol
  59. my little gold rocking horse knickknack
  60. my piano teacher Mrs B
  61. and Miss U
  62. and O
  63. That I’ve HAD 3 piano teachers
  64. French. I love the sound of the French language
  65. That I know some of it
  66. and can get more. WILL find teacher
  67. ATM (fb/beachbody friend)
  68. mindfulness
  69. meditation
  70. that my district is supporting both!
  71. all stress relieving things
  72. these kids’ parents
  73. my ability to be with my mother (I couldn’t always)
  74. and to do for her (I couldn’t always but mostly yes)
  75. my ability with the English language
  76. my ability with typing
  77. moving my hands helps me feel so good
  78. health. My health!
  79. the deep breath I took just now
  80. my painting that I made, on my mantel right now
  81. elephants!
  82. Zebras!
  83. I am free. I am SO GRATEFUL that I am free!
  84. That I will bring a geat salad lunch and an orange and a snack (chickpeas) today.
  85. I will pick up the birds today!
  86. They will be glad to be home
  87. These days without having to care for them in the morning. A break 🙂
  88. KC
  89. A
  90. I don’t NEED M!
  91. my mother enjoying her cookie yesterday.
  92. memes
  93. Buddhism
  94. not being frenetic almost never anymore, nope
  95. the show “The Middle”
  96. my house is in such order!
  97. I am relaxed here!
  98. It is not boring and deadening
  99. Tr even said it has a nice happy peaceful vibe
  100. I. Am Comfortable. I. Am. Fine.

Affirmations Apr 24

I am enough.
I am good enough.
I am loved.
I love my life!

I am fine and happy and fulfilled and capable.
I am fine on my own!
But I have love and family and don’t have to be alone!

I am so grateful for life!
My life is so fulfilling!

I am a great teacher

Life is eternal and filled with joy.
I look forward to every moment.

Life is eternal and filled with joy.
I look forward to every moment.

Life is eternal and filled with joy.
I look forward to every moment.

Life is eternal and filled with joy.
I look forward to every moment.

Life is eternal and filled with joy.
I look forward to every moment.


Readings April 24

How to Relax:


Deep relaxation is an opportunity for your body to rest, heal, and be restored. you bring attention to each part of your body, hair, scalp, brain, ears, neck, shoulders, arms, hands, fingers, lungs, each of the internal organs,, the digestive system, pelvis, legs, feet, toes. you send your love and care to every part of your body and every cell,

*Lie down on your back with your armsa t your sides. Make yourself comfortable. Allow your body to relax. Be aware of the floor beneath you and the contact of your body with the floor. Allow your body to sink into the floor.

Become aware of your breathing, in and out. Be aware of your abdomen rising and falling as you breathe in and out.

Breathing in, bring you awareness to your eyes. Breathing out, allow your eyes to relax. Allow your eyes to sink back into your head. Let go of the tension in all the tiny muscles around your eyes. Your eyes allow you to see a paradise of forms and colors. Allow your eyes to rest. Send love and gratitude to your eyes.

Breathing in, bring your awareness to your mouth. Breathing out, allow your mouth to relax. Release the tension around your mouth. your lips are the petals of a flower. Let a gentle smile bloom on your lips. Smiling releases he tension in the hundreds of muscles in your face. Feel the tension release in your cheeks, your jaw, and your throat.

Breathing in, bring your awareness to your shoulders. Breathing out, allow your shoulders to relax. let them sink into the floor. let all the accumulated tension flow into the floor you carry so much with your shoulders. Now let your shoulders relax as you care for them.

Breathing in, become aware of your arms. Breathing out, relax your arms. let your arms sink into the floor. Relax your upper arms, your elbows, your lower arms, your wrists, your hands, and all the tiny muscles in your fingers. Move your fingers a little if you need to, helping the muscles relax.

Breathing in, bring your awareness to your heart. Breathing out, allow your heart to relax.
You have neglected your heart for a long time, and you cause your heart stress by the way you work, eat, and manage anxiety and stress. Your heart beats for your night and day. Embrace your heart with mindfulness and tenderness, reconciling and taking care of your heart.

Breathing in, bring your awareness to your legs. Breathing out, allow your legs to relax. Release all the tension in your legs,  your thighs, your knees, your calves, your ankles, your feet, your toes, and all the tiny muscles in your toes. You may want to move your toes a littel to help them relax. Send your love and care to your toes.

Breathing in, breathing out, your whole body feels as light as a lily floating on the water You have nowhere to go, nothing to do. You are free as a cloud floating in the sky.

Bring your awareness back to your breathing, to your abdomen rising and falling.

Following your breathing, become aware of your arms and legs. You may want to move them a littel and stretch.

When you feel ready, slowly sit up.

When you are ready, slowly stand up.

My takeaway: I have done this WITH TNH’s people. I will bring it with me now. xo Will do today.