A reblog of my favorite post this year!

This post was written by Bruce, a blogger with a wonderful message. Here is the link to his blog Thank you Jesus (you can also see it in my Blogroll).

I read it and forwarded it to my husband. He said that this post made him very deeply aware and thankful, for the mere fact, that we even have an opportunity to be here, in this body. That our souls were given a chance to partake in this amazing gift called life. We can love, see our children grow, feel their love upon us, touch our loved ones, smell coffee in the morning, taste it – we can experience live. How do you express gratitude for something like that?

The Bottom Line

Posted on April 29, 2010 by Bruce

“I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the Lord sustained me.” Psalm 3:5

I awoke this morning. Not everyone did. I opened my eyes and found I could see. Not everyone can. I heard the fan humming. Not everyone can hear. I wanted to get up – so I did. Not everyone can do that. I can walk, think, talk, write. Not everyone can.

I was given the gift of life for a new day. I still have the gift of sight, hearing, mobility, etc..

These are pure gifts from the Giver of all good gifts. For too long I have taken these basics for granted, as if I were some how entitled to them. They were always there so I assumed I had a right to them. How arrogant of me. I wake up to discover that I am still breathing, still pulsing. Someday I won’t. I wake up to discover that I can see, hear, get up! Someday I won’t.

Every breath is a gift. I don’t have to think “now breathe a deep one, now breathe a shallow one”. My breathing just happens. Same with my pulse. My heart just beats without direction from me. If I am looking for something to be thankful for, I need look no farther than my breath and pulse.

With much gratitude to our Creator and Sustainer for all these many gifts. May I stand in this body of mine and experience these many good gifts for what they really are: pure gifts.

“I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the Lord sustained me.” Psalm 3:5

Thank you Jesus. Thank you Jesus.

Amen!

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2 thoughts on “A reblog of my favorite post this year!

  1. Hi Elena, the paragraph you wrote to introduce my post is such a beautiful reminder of how wonderful it is to be alive, and of how many real blessings we have in all the basic simple things of life. And I was so happy to see your hearty “Amen!” at the end!
    May God bless you and your lovely family.
    Bruce

  2. THE VAST EXPANSE
    I acknowledge the privilege of being alive in a human body at this moment, endowed with senses, memories, emotions, thoughts, and the space of mind in its wisdom aspect.
    It is the prayer of my innermost being to realize my supreme identity in the liberated play of consciousness, the Vast Expanse. Now is the moment, Here is the place of Liberation.
    Witness the contents of mind, the visions and sounds, the thoughts, as clouds passing through the vast expanse – the sky-like nature of mind. The rootedness of Being is in emptiness, clarity and awareness: unborn, unspoilt, stainlessly pure.
    The infinite vibratory levels, the dimensions of interconnectedness are without end. There is nothing independent. All beings and things are residents in your awareness.
    I subject my awareness to the perfection of being, the perfection of wisdom and perfection of love, all of these being co-present in the Vast Expanse. I share this panorama of Being and appreciate all I can share it with…the seamless interweaving of consciousness with each moment.
    Create perfection wherever you go with your awareness. That is why this teaching is admired by artists–they sense the correctness of the response to life as creative. Life is infinite creative play. Enjoyment and participation in this creative play is the artists profound joy. We co-author every moment with universal creativity.
    To bare our souls is all we ask, to give all we have to life and the beings surrounding us. Here the nature spirits are intense and we appreciate them, make offerings to them–these nature spirits who call us here–sealing our fate with each other, celebrating our love.
    I am an intersecting kaleidoscope of Being in a rainbow refractive wave pattern: a corpuscle of light on the ocean…the transparency of my body with the rocks…sometimes the only way to summarize my feelings is to draw–to collapse the frenzy in my limbs enough to make a mark out of profound appreciation for my existence.
    Share your presence with others, no boundaries, completely openly lovingly. Love is what makes us alive, that is why we feel so alive when we love. Service is being available to love. Life is the combustion of love. That we love ourselves here, that is the true magnificence in the mountains of being. We are constantly drawing the line between love and not love–enter into the Non-duality Zone, and all judgements dissolve in the Vast Expanse.
    It’s as though we are co-conspirators of consciousness–everyone, everywhere, everywhen, mixing up our openable minds. It’s as though we could gather clouds in the sky and people into our lives. Like an eruption of consciousness, we discover the most important force is love. Experience yourself as the Source and appreciate every moment as perfection. Sunrise–Sunset. Thank you, Thank you, Creator, profound unstoppable connectedness of all beings, pattern to everything, most radical no-thing, the Vast Expanse.
    Alex Grey
    August 22,1994

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