The  Thanksgiving holiday always makes me feel the need to do something, read something, write something to underline how grateful I am for so many things.  I was reading Rob Brezney, who has an interesting play with words.  He wrote:   “I invite you to keep a running list of all the ways life delights you and helps you and energizes you. Describe everyday miracles you take for granted . . . the uncanny powers you possess . . . the small joys that occur so routinely you forget how much they mean to you . . . the steady flow of benefits bestowed on you by people you know and don’t know. What works for you? What makes you feel at home in the world?”  The last sentence went ping!  That’s it!

I ask myself that question, “What make me feel at home in the world?”  Which brings me to another question:  Where do we live?  Do we live in ours houses, our geographical locations, i.e. San Francisco, CA?  Or do we live in our bodies?  One could counter and say their mind or their feelings.  In truth the territory of how you feel -where you live- resonates in what I term, your “internal space”.  How you manage your daily habits, lifestyle choices and most importantly, your thoughts, contributes to how comfortable you are with “where you live’.
Your lifestyle habits:  what you eat, how much you exercise, your friendships, your love relationship, these are all factors that combined, equate to your overall sense of well-being.  Your attitudes, your career, your avocations and your hobbies, etc. influence your mental state of mind.  Who is in control? Easy answer, you are!  Inherent in our thoughts is the ability to design a set of habits and attitudes that feed us, in short that make us feel at home in our world!

So what is your list of “ways that life delights you?”, “the uncanny powers your possess”, “small joys that occur?” “the steady flow of benefits bestowed on you by people you know?” Delight can come in a stranger’s smile, the sound of a child’s laughter, a good choice at a restaurant, the way a recipe turned out.  What are your ‘uncanny powers’?  Merriman-Webster online defines the word ‘uncanny’ as: “being beyond what is normal or expected”  My son Daniel can start a conversation with anyone practically anywhere and have them laughing or at least smiling within a few minutes.  What is your experience of “small joys”; can you think of one now?   What is or are the steady flow(s) of benefits bestowed upon you by people you know?  Too many to enumerate?  Have to admit, it feels good when you do.   How about looking at your daily through these lenses?  And, through the lens of “What makes you feel at home in the world?”

Whispers of the Breath Diva:

In this moment I can inhale and feel gratitude…gratitude for my life force, energy, intelligence and creativity!