Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Giving Thanks

Without exception, I begin every day of my life
with an expression of gratitude.
As I look in the mirror to begin my daily ritual of shaving, I say,
"Thank you, God, for this life, for my body, for my family and loved ones,
for this day and for the opportunity to be of service.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!

~Wayne Dyer

Gourd and Seed Pod
Texture Watercolor Study Oct 2011

Life has been a little crazy but I am feeling especially grateful today. Yesterday, my doctor called to tell me about results for an MRI I had last Friday and I AM FINE!

"Whatever was there before, is gone," she said.

Nothing like staring at the inside of big noisy plastic magnetic tube to put things immediately back in perspective! (Plus you really do feel like they are going to blast you into outer space!)

If you have ever been very ill, or had a big health scare, you know exactly what I am talking about. You become grateful for the "little things," that all of the sudden become big things. You get awfully grateful that you are able to sit down to dinner with your family, to call your best friend, or to take a hot shower on your own and get yourself to the bathroom at 2 am!

So today on the eve on Thanksgiving, here in the U.S., I would like to share this gratitude prayer for the body from Marianne Williamson's book Illuminata. I said this prayer every day (that I was lucid) when I was very sick in the hospital a couple of years ago and on many days since. I really believe that finding gratitude, especially in the most difficult times, heals us at the very deepest levels of our being.

Dear God,
As I rise up, I thank You for the opportunity
to be on this earth.

I thank You for my mind and body.
I thank you for my life.

Please bless my body and use it for Your purposes.
May I rise up strong today,
and may my body and soul radiate your love.

May all impurities be cast out
of my mind, my heart, my body.

May every cell of my being be filled with Your light.

May my body and mind both be illumined Your sake,
and the sake of all the world.


Prayer from Illuminata
by Marianne Williamson's

Thank you for visiting, for your friendship and for your inspiration.

Many, many blessings, love and light to you all!

Happy Thanksgiving!


Loree said...

What a beautiful prayer. We do, indeed, have so much to be grateful for. I am so happy that you are well. Have a great Thanksgiving.

Franz said...

Bellissima preghiera,e bel dipinto!
Ciao,un abbraccio e Dio ti benedica!

erin's art and gardens said...

i am so thankful for many things but right now, especially for your good health, my dear one.
happy thanksgiving,

Kerry O'Gorman said...

AMEN! ...happy thanksgiving Lucinda...hope you're weekend and all of your days are full of Love and Light, as you are...kerry

Laura said...

Happy thanksgiving!

Ruthie Redden said...

Hello treasure, so lovely to hear your news. Blessings indeed. Have a wonderful thanksgiving. I adore that Alanis & that song x thank you

Candy said...

Happy Thanksgiving! Such good news!

I love the little watercolor.

You post the coolest videos! I like Alanis a lot.

Cobalt Violet said...

Thank you friends!! And Happy Thanksgiving!
Big hugs and love!!

mermaid gallery said...

gratitude is so important....and we all have so much to be thankful for...your painting is lovely...makes me want to do some watercolour!....i am sick with the flu and that prayer sounds just right....have a wonderful Thanksgiving! best, susan

Turid said...

Beautiful post, beautiful table! And You are so beautiful as well. And that painting! Love it. Such talent. :-) Warm hugs from me.

Xurde Radío said...

I´m glad you´re okay, congratulations. Have a nice day.

Karena said...

A belated Happy Thanksgiving Lucinda. I love the wonderful messages and mantras you have posted here!


Art by Karena

Casale Versa said...

Grazie per il commento nel mio blog.. continuerò volentieri a seguirti.. anche se lontane.. Buona festa del Ringraziamento cara! aspetto un tuo nuovo commento.. Valeria

Punctuation Mark said...

hope you had a great Thanksgiving surrounded by your loved ones!

A Brush with Color said...

Lovely, Lucinda. I completely understand what you're saying here, and I feel gratitude for so many things...I'm so glad you got such comforting, good news. happy Thanksgiving!

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