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Things Can Shift in an Instant

posted by cgreb

Two times in the last two weeks I was feeling incredibly depleted and fatigued.  The first time it was after driving 2000 miles across the country in four days by myself – the third and longest day was through gale […]

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A Time for Others and a Time for Self

posted by cgreb

We’re all familiar with that timeless piece of wisdom found in Ecclesiastes: “There is a time for everything,     and a season for every activity under the heavens: 2     a time to be born and a time to die,     a time to […]

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The Gift of Gratitude

posted by cgreb

I read today that when we are chronically dissatisfied and sink into a morass of misery, we become like a toxin, poisoning not only our own bodies and those around us, but the world itself.  By contrast, Gratitude is a […]

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Claiming Joy in the Midst of Sorrow

posted by cgreb

I have been noticing that my normally ebullient self has been less so lately.  This is, of course, natural when one or both beloved parents are ailing and approaching that gateway to the next world.  However I am kind of […]

Thankful for the Arts!

posted by cgreb

Continuing with the theme of gratitude….   I don’t know whether this counts as one of “life’s simple pleasures” or not.   It uses technology and it’s not free, but it is a pleasure, it’s comparatively inexpensive, and it’s a nice […]

Grateful for the Things Money Cannot Buy

posted by cgreb

On this day in America, hordes of people descend upon thousands of stores across the country, wrapped up in a buying frenzy.  The good news is:  it appears the economy has recovered significantly.  But I confess I am sad that […]

Grace and Gratitude

posted by cgreb

It’s interesting.  The one thing most of us have been taught to be thankful for is our food.  Many of us were raised to “say grace” before our meals.  However, in this affluent society in which we live, many of […]

Gratitude for the People in our Lives

posted by cgreb

This is Part III of A Week of Gratitude. If you were to choose one single thing or category of thing for which to be thankful, what would it be?  What would you miss most if you didn’t have it?  […]

The Blessing of Beauty

posted by cgreb

The Navajo (more correctly called the Dineh, meaning “the people”) have a traditional prayer specifically associated with beauty.  It goes like this: As I walk, as I walk The universe is walking with me In beauty it walks before me […]

Exercising Your Gratitude Muscles

posted by cgreb

Yesterday I was asked to speak on Gratitude.  And rather than spending time extolling the virtues of gratitude, I thought I would demonstrate it.  So I had someone time me for five minutes.  During those five minutes, I mentioned everything […]

La Luna

posted by cgreb

La Luna.  La Bella Luna. Why does the Moon, especially the Full Moon, feel so magical? Photo credit: Anthony Lynch   I think it’s because the light is so gentle.  It’s a reflective light rather than a light generated within […]

Being a Blessing

posted by cgreb

As I was taking my morning walk, my thought for the day was:  How can I be a blessing to the world and the people around me?  Can I, through my presence alone, be a blessing? I began saying the […]

Ask, Receive, Give Thanks

posted by cgreb

This morning I was feeling sub-par on several levels.  I pulled an angel card (as I often do when I need a clear message from beyond this physical world) and received the message: “Ask.”  In other words, I should ask […]

Thank You – The Only Prayer

posted by cgreb

“If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.” ~ Meister Eckhart Today was such a wonderful day.  It began with a long drive to the nearest hospital, a one-hour drive.  […]

Equinox and Balance

posted by cgreb

Happy Autumnal Equinox! Today there will be equal hours of daylight and nighttime, so one of the things the Equinox is about is balance.  This could be a good day to reflect upon the theme of balance in your life.  […]

In Gratitude, yes Gratitude, for the Rain.

posted by cgreb

This morning I stepped out the door and was immediately greeted by the song of the stream a quarter of a mile away.  This wasn’t a merry trickle, this was a song of full-on, operatic proportions!  This was a siren’s […]

Thank you.

posted by cgreb

This morning I woke up feeling grateful.  I had slept well on a good bed.  This is a great blessing.  I looked out the windows and saw trees and sky.  These, too, are great blessings.  My body felt well.  I […]

Creating Shift

posted by cgreb

This morning I was feeling a bit half-mast.  I had had a crick in my neck for about 16 consecutive hours, and though it had improved from acute pain to a dull ache, I noticed it was still coloring my […]

Getting Back on Track

posted by cgreb

Some of my friends have probably noticed that I’ve been grumpy lately. And overwhelmed.  And irritable.  And some things have been falling through the cracks.  I’ve also been feeling guilty.  And I’ve been trying to do too many things at […]

Bless You!

posted by cgreb

Blessing.  There are two meanings of the word.  One is a noun – as in “count your blessings.”  The other is a verb – the act of blessing, of wishing one well, of bestowing blessings upon someone. It most certainly […]

Your Favorite Things

posted by cgreb

Julie Andrews was right, it truly does help to remember your favorite things.  I love to ask people: What are your favorite things?  I love the variety of answers I get.  Some people list things and some people list activities.  […]

Giving Thanks when Bad Things Don’t Happen

posted by cgreb

Did you ever find yourself praying for something and then forgetting to say thank you when you got what you prayed for?  Embarrassing, isn’t it?   Or even if you didn’t pray, perhaps you were somehow spared something that could have […]

Of Ants and Fire

posted by cgreb

Discerning the Messages, Part II What if many of the things which happen to us or appear before us are messages from Spirit?  What if we are not individuals walking through this world all alone, but instead embodied spirits who […]

Recipe for a Peaceful Life

posted by cgreb

About fifteen or twenty years ago, my friend, Will, gave me a recipe for a peaceful life.  He is only a year older than me, but he’s a wise one.  He said, “Spend an hour each morning watching the sunrise.  […]

Discerning the Messages the World Sends Us – Part 1

posted by cgreb

Over the past several years I have come to believe that things happen for a reason.  I also believe there are messages all around us if we will open our eyes to them.  In ancient times, people believed messages were […]

The Priceless Blessing of Water

posted by cgreb

This desert-dweller was blessed to have recently had two days at the shore, reveling in the sights, sounds, and smells of the sea.  I cannot imagine what it is like for those who have never experienced the ocean.  There is […]

The Sweetness of Morning

posted by cgreb

I love sleeping with the window open and letting the sounds and scents of nature tantalize my sleepy morning self. The songbirds begin their chirping and singing long before the sun clears the horizon.  Their happy song is so full […]

The Blessings of Cancer

posted by cgreb

For those who think I am too Pollyanna, I want to talk about the blessing of cancer. WHAT??!  Yes, you read that right. Those who know me know that in 2010 I was diagnosed with an early stage of breast […]

The Incredible Blessing of a Functioning Body

posted by cgreb

I have been away from my family for three months. I’ve only been back two days but already I notice a further decline in my father’s abilities.  This is a man who used to swing a hammer and climb ladders […]

The Beauty of a Walk in the Morning

posted by cgreb

I awoke to write down a dream and the morning beckoned me.  Birdsong wafted through the open window and through the sheer gauze curtains, pale gentle colors painted the skies.  I realized a walk through this sweet May morning trumped […]

An Abundant Life

posted by cgreb

Do you have an abundant life? I do!  And I am not wealthy.  As a matter of fact, often I live on the very edge financially.  I am not one of those people with thousands of dollars stockpiled in a […]

The Blessing of a Good Father

posted by cgreb

My father turned 80 two days ago.  This post is dedicated to him. Some people, probably many people, have fathers who were either very difficult to live with or rather absent.  This was not the case with me.  I was […]

The Blessing of May!

posted by cgreb

Today is May Day!  If you have Celtic ancestors, they would have called it Beltaine.  It is a time to celebrate the rich fertile fecundity of the Earth. In May, everything starts to get so green and lush.  Flowers burst […]

Welcome!

posted by cgreb

 Hello Everyone!  Welcome! This is my inaugural post for the Blessings Abound blog.  What a beautiful honor and opportunity!  I pray I can regularly supply you with ample doses of encouragement and inspiration.  It would give me great joy to […]

Previous Posts

What Is Most Important?
So, I have decided to take a break from writing this blog for a while. Although I have much to write about, sometimes the time, energy, and means to write it are not as available. And I’m in a place in my life right now where I don’t care to ...

posted 7:03:01pm Feb. 03, 2014 | read full post »

Things Can Shift in an Instant
Two times in the last two weeks I was feeling incredibly depleted and fatigued.  The first time it was after driving 2000 miles across the country in four days by myself - the third and longest day was through gale force Kansas winds that shook ...

posted 2:19:08am Jan. 28, 2014 | read full post »

What Do You Value?
On a long 2,000 mile car trip across the country recently, I found myself with some time to think.  Car trips can be good that way.  Somewhere along the way I found myself thinking about money and how we have come to place such value on ...

posted 7:08:03pm Jan. 21, 2014 | read full post »

A Time for Others and a Time for Self
We're all familiar with that timeless piece of wisdom found in Ecclesiastes: "There is a time for everything,     and a season for every activity under the heavens: 2     a time to be born and a time to die,     a time to ...

posted 2:05:32pm Jan. 14, 2014 | read full post »

Learning to Trust
I finally figured out what I'm doing wrong.  I figured out why I've been having so much trouble with Dad's move into the nursing home, with his recent decline, and with his current fevered state.  It's not that I'm afraid of him dying, it's ...

posted 4:22:58am Jan. 06, 2014 | read full post »

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