The Quiet Spot

There is a quiet spot hidden is a secret place
that cannot be reached by searching or striving.
There is gold there that is beyond the riches of kings
that cannot and must not be mined, saved, or spent.
There is peace there that can be easily shattered…
the tighter you hold it, the faster it crumbles.
There is contentment there that can only be experienced
one moment at a time, but each moment is timeless.

It is here where I find the answers to all my questions,
where stresses of the world meet the desires of my heart,
where earth meets sky and flowers always bloom,
where the eagles majestically soar and robins joyfully sing,
where the struggles of life and death melt and fade away
leaving just a seed that births and nurtures new life.

It is a place inside me that has been built through life’s trials
that has supported me through all the dark moments of my soul,
a place of peace where I am fully aware of my own being,
where I find the courage to live another day
and spread the joy of living to everyone I meet.
In this sacred place I am thankful for each breath I take
for each day I live, for each feeling I feel,
for each one I have loved, for each one who has loved me.

Gratitude

Appreciation is the acceptance and love of life as it is, but gratitude is thankfulness for what someone has said or done. Gratitude is our response to gifts and other acts of kindness from others. As human beings, we rely on those we love for our sense of belonging. Gratitude is the basis for the development of conscious relationships.

Brown and Wong(1) demonstrated that a simple activity of showing gratitude was associated with significantly greater and lasting neural sensitivity and wellbeing. Subjects entering therapy for depression and anxiety disorders participated in gratitude letter writing as an addition to other types of therapy. fMRI’s conducted three months later indicated that this simple act of gratitude resulted in both behavioral increases in gratitude and significantly greater neural modulation in the medial prefrontal cortex. In other words, not only did the participants show greater adaptation to their mental issues but there was an actual change in the structure of the brain. Indeed, many studies over the past decade have found that people who consciously count their blessings tend to live happier and less depressed lives.

As I have grown older, I have learned to be thankful for everything in my life. I am even thankful for those dark times because they have taught me to accept life as it is and appreciate the lessons I have learned. In the process I have a greater appreciation of who I am and whom I have become. I am grateful for all the people who took the time to be a part of my life. But I am also truly thankful for those who have led me deeper and deeper into universal consciousness by challenging me through painful interactions so I could discover  the energy that is at the center of thought, creativity, and love. In essence, I now worship love and life itself, the life which flows through me, and the love which I can create and pass on to others.

(1) Brown, Joshua; and Wong, Joel. How Gratitude Changes You and Your Brain. MIND & BODY GREATER GOOD MAGASINE. JUNE 6, 2017.