Late in the day, but still from the heart.
Gratefulness-Challenge Day 11 of 21 by KnowledgeCollective
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It’s been a busy day, but I don’t want to miss sharing this post with you, so I’m jumping right in.
Swedish Fish - Sweet, chewy, fun to look at, what’s not to love about these red candies? And which do you bite off first, the head or the tail… and why?
Chopin Nocturnes - When I want to bliss out my mind Chopin is a sure bet to turn off the noise in my head and help me relax into stillness.
Place Memory - It is a certain kind of remembering I practice. When I am restless or on the cusp of sleep I will sometimes put myself in a place from long ago. The bedroom I slept in at my parents’ home in Florida is one I choose often. Eyes closed I picture and sense the space around me as it was then. Along with the sense of the space, I also connect with the happiness of being in that place and time with both Mother and Daddy. They were extremely happy in that home and I’m so glad they had those years together there.
Freshly Washed Hair - In my grandmother’s many diaries I have found the story of the lives that created my life. Her scrolling letters, written with a fountain pen, offered some coded things. On certain days she would write “WMH”. When I realized it meant “Washed My Hair” I adopted the same practice in my daily diary. With curly hair that I inherited from my Dad and Grandmother, I know washing it too often is a recipe for frizz. I think of her everytime I write it.
Deep Breath - In vocal lessons this was called diaphragmatic breath. In acting classes we take a “cleansing breath”. When holding space I practice heart centered breath, focused on the person who has shared what’s on their heart, with a hand to my heart and my intention focused on them. Deep breaths create a reset for me, and I think of breathing like nourishment. It’s satisfying.
Finding these sort of random things for which I am so very thankful is becoming a purposeful act. It’s also one I’m enjoying. I hope you will too as I continue for the next 10 days.