"We are all wanderers on this earth...our hearts are full of wonder, and our souls are deep with dreams." ~ Gypsy proverb

Thursday, December 30, 2010

"The universe is full of magical things, patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper." ~ Eden Philpotts

Thursday is the day where I share the discoveries I have found on the web and when I give gratitude for all that I have learned or discovered. I take so much pleasure in just finding other blogs and other people's creations that just to share it surrounds me with a feeling of abundance. That is when it dawned on me, that this entire week for me, has been about realizing abundance.

In this post only a few short days ago, I asked the simple question of how to feel abundant more often, more consistently. Since that time, I have been bombarded with messages, experiences, and moments that has given me an answer a thousand times over.  Abundance is not acquired, it already exists. Only our perspective brings abundance into awareness, with gratitude being the greatest conduit to that perspective.

There is a flipside. Feeling abundant all the time, is not possible. The awareness of abundance is not possible without the feeling of scarcity. Just as happiness is undefined without sadness, joy without pain, abundance without scarcity is unrealized. Does that mean I have to live with fear and scarcity half the time? No, but if I feel it, there must be something for me to learn. Growth only happens if you know there is something to learn, sometimes over and again. Sometimes you just have to ask the question, open and honestly, for an answer to present itself.

Paolo Coehlo said it ~ "When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it."
So did Ralph Waldo Emerson ~ "Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen."

So here is who I need to thank this week for helping me learn and re-learn these things:

Brene Brown who wrote The Gifts of Imperfection and her blog Ordinary Courage.

John Strelecky who wrote Life Safari.

And Nicole at Garden Mama who's entire site is about giving and sharing all her special talents to all those who want to learn.

With much gratitude, MJ


  1. I was thinking about this general subject just yesterday.

    Was contemplating that my biggest problem regarding this is that I fear Fear itself.
    Much of my life is devoted to recognizing and celebrating the goodliness of it, and of course that goes a looooong way toward keeping a sense of well-being.

    Where I get caught (trapped, sometimes) is in that Knowing - that my feeling afraid or nervous shall bring undesired, devastating results.
    So yesterday I was contemplating if there is such a thing (for one such as me, who goes the spiritual path alone, mostly) as hope or grace.
    If there is ever a sort of allowance for such thoughts and fears.

    Really, though, of course the pain and suffering is in those contemplations themselves, not in any future becoming or actualization of those thoughts. Does that make sense?
    One's presents (gifts) are in the Present, so one's pain can only be experienced in the present moment, too.

    Still - I do consider all things to be "on their way", so I like the idea of a harmless (freebie) wayward thought. :) Because I worry too much, sometimes.

  2. Such a wonderfully honest response and yes it all makes sense :). My daughter is having nightmares recently. She refuses to tell me what those nightmares are, yet the very thought of those nightmares create the same fear. So I stay with her every night until she falls asleep, so that she knows that I am there with her to share her fears, so she knows that she is not alone. And in those moments before sleep comes, I know she feels it, gratitude and abundance. I think sometimes these things do not come so freely unless we first tell someone or speak aloud that we are afraid :)...


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