It’s Mother’s Day and my birthday. I am such a lucky woman. Totally blessed with loving daughters, a lovely little apartment, a small pension, a great little job that I can do from home (teaching English to children in China online) and more than enough. My cupboards are generally filled and I am able to have a few of those luxuries that make me smile and add to my contentment.
Some people don’t think I have a lot but I have everything that I want and need. To others I have a heaping helping of abundance. I have so many friends that have been devastated from the military occupation of Palestine – homes destroyed, children murdered……that is what the opposite of my life can look like.
But my joy and sense of abundance is not in comparison to others, it’s just what I feel. Nothing works more successfully for my sense of joy than writing out my Gratitudes. This is a habit I acquired more than 20 years ago. I was inspired by Sarah Ban Breathnach in her Simple Abundance book, by Oprah, and by the Secret (book and film). I write out 5 things that I am grateful for from the previous day. If I get off this path and I start to feel lousy, I reboot with this practice and quickly am restored to my grateful and abundant self. I always urge others to just give it a 14 day trial and just see how it feels.
I love a little self indulgence – cosmetics, having my hair coloured and styled (yup, folks, I am not a real blonde!!), acquiring new clothing (at least, new to me), dressing up my living space, flowers, plants…………..I love surrounding myself with “pretty things” and I love delicious, fresh and healthy food! I also totally adore my daughters and my grandson!
I know there are so many people that just can’t acknowledge Joy – they feel so deeply the hurting in our world. I understand it but if I don’t indulge myself, if I don’t create balance for myself, I won’t have the energy to help others and to be a dissident voice on this planet. I am all about balance.
Now on my Priestess path – my ordination as a Kohenet is just a year away – I believe that we are created in the image of the Divine. I am so blessed to feel that Love and Inspiration. I encourage those of you who can find that Presence to embrace it – to Love yourself. I encourage you to acknowledge your Gratitudes, to indulge in what you love, to smile even when it hurts. “Fake it til you make it, Baby.” The People are rising – let’s change this world. Let’s make a difference! Let’s spread love and respect. This is your day!