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Knowing Gratitude

Knowing Gratitude

For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

The lunar eclipse that took place on the solstice will not be witnessed again until sometime in the 2400s. Celebrating the incoming light and the wonder of living on earth in these remarkable life changing times feels like a recognition. It is celebration that is as planetary as it is personal.  Giving thanks is an act of receiving.   It is the whole body embrace of the goodness that makes the smallest events of life simultaneously simple and spectacular.

An ancient French proverb says, “Gratitude is the memory of the heart.” Tonight I am hosting one of my oldest friends who was my doula when my now 12-year-old was born. Now she visits with her little boys and I tease her about her dedication to nap schedules.  She doesn’t remember how much she used to tease me.  Time and love and growing up are the main course in life.  Bearing witness and sharing ourselves ingrain life events deeply into our hearts.  It is how we remember ourselves to love.

I created a candle light ritual tonight on the back porch to welcome in the longer light of the new days coming and to acknowledge the vast light that lives in, around and through me.  I sang some old hymns that I used to put the kids to sleep with like Kumbaya with my daughter. Our voices were so clear in the night air. G.K. Chesterton said:  “If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, “thank you,” that would suffice.  I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.“

I want to know the  feeling of gratitude intimately.  I want to be able to recognize them when they are near.

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Wendy Strgar

Wendy Strgar, founder and CEO of Good Clean Love, is a loveologist who writes and lectures on Making Love Sustainable, a green philosophy of relationships which teaches the importance of valuing the renewable resources of love, intimacy and family.  In her new book, Love that Works: A Guide to Enduring Intimacy,  she tackles the challenging issues of sustaining relationships and healthy intimacy with an authentic and disarming style and simple yet innovative adviceIt has been called "the essential guide for relationships."  The book is available on ebook.  Wendy has been married for 27 years to her husband, a psychiatrist, and lives with their four children ages 13- 22 in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

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9:33PM PST on Feb 27, 2012

Thank-you for sharing in your post. I missed the eclipse. I imagine it was a positive experience for those able to see it.

1:04AM PST on Feb 24, 2012

thankful you shared!

5:20PM PST on Feb 20, 2012

Every morning I wake up I thank the universe for another day in my life. Thanks for the article.

2:27PM PST on Feb 15, 2012

greatful you shared!!

7:53AM PST on Feb 15, 2012

Gratitude...something our world is sadly lacking. Thanks for the reminder.

6:53AM PST on Feb 15, 2012

I love your article and quotes, it is a great reminder. Thanks.

3:14AM PST on Feb 15, 2012

My gratitude comes through all things Godly...Be what ever or whom ever he uses!

3:33PM PST on Dec 26, 2010

Love has to reach beyond the Family, if we ever want to make things right

3:10PM PST on Dec 26, 2010

The eclipse was an amazing moment for the world

2:14PM PST on Dec 26, 2010

Thank you. I used the eclipse to create a ceremony of deletion of negatives and the return and increasing positives.

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