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  1. Lisalisasmile

    I thought about how we live our life and what comes after life. Are we reunited with our love ones who have already passed, can we communicate with the living, do we come back to life as someone or something else so many unknowns and mysteries. Gratefulness helps me open up and ask questions and see other possibilities, it makes me feel alive and curious!!

    2 years ago
  2. Robin Ann

    What came to mind for me was Newgrange in Ireland when I think of mysteries and gratefulness. I did visit on my last trip to Ireland. Newgrange is a 5,200 yr old passage tomb. The passage and chamber are aligned with the rising sun on the mornings around the Winter Solstice. I actually visited 2 sites.

    2 years ago
    1. Michele

      That’s awesome! I’m Irish (family came from Galway), I hope to visit Ireland one day. Newgrange would def be on my list. I found Irish dancing as an adult and danced with The Timoneys (Philly based) for 11 yrs and they are my 2nd family. ☘🍀

      2 years ago
  3. Erich617

    This reminds me of a poem that I keep at my desk.

    “Day Beginning with Seeing the International Space Station and a Full Moon over the Gulf of Mexico and All Its Invisible Fishes”
    by Jane Hirshfield
    None of this had to happen.
    Not Florida. Not the ibis’s beak. Not water.
    Not the horseshoe crab’s empty body and not the living starfish.
    Evolution might have turned left at the corner and gone down another street entirely.
    The asteroid might have missed.
    The seams of limestone need not have been susceptible to sand and mangrove.
    The radio might have found a different music.
    The hips of one man and the hips of another might have stood beside
    each other on a bus in Aleppo and recognized themselves as long lost brothers.
    The key could have broken off in the lock and the nail-can refused its lid.
    I might have been the fish the brown pelican swallowed.
    You might have been the way the moon kept not setting long after we thought it would,
    long after the sun was catching inside the low wave curls coming in
    at a certain angle. The light might not have been eaten again by its moving.
    If the unbearable were not weightless we might yet buckle under the grief
    of what hasn’t changed yet. Across the world a man pulls a woman from the water
    from which the leapt-from overfilled boat has entirely vanished.
    From the water pulls one child, another. Both are living and both will continue to live.
    This not have to happen. No part of this had to happen.

    2 years ago
  4. O.Christina

    Today we were happy to join with some friends to collect mushrooms. Isn´t it a mystery what these varieties represent, an incredible species, biologically located between being plant and animal. the fruit of the widespread underground mycelium comes to the surface only when it has been raining. It was starting to rain after a while and we all got drenched wet. But what a joy it was! Gratefulness for this rare opportunity to meet and to be in nature, grateful for the rain as this is essential for these beautiful and very special creatures to appear, and very grateful for being able to collecting these mysteries of life. All of this together made the walk in nature a wonderful experience all together. And what a fantastic meal will come from this! Mmmh…

    2 years ago
    1. Avril

      I’m a mushroom collector, too!

      2 years ago
  5. Don Jones

    Perhaps not only the mysteries of life, but the full depth and dimension of life.

    2 years ago
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    Nicole

    Gratefulness helps me better appreciate the mysteries of life because it fosters a greater awareness within me to my surroundings. I’ve noticed that when my heart is in a loving, grateful space, the beauty of everything around me is gratified. Not only that, but I have noticed that when we are grateful for the things that we have, it makes us appreciate the things that are our of our control that the universe has blessed us with. Like the roaring of waves as they crash against the sand, or when the sun sets. These things continue to happen on this planet effortlessly, which makes me appreciate the things that are going well that are out of my control.

    2 years ago
  7. Holly in Ohio

    Not being grateful is to be blind to the mysteries and beauties that are all around us. Gratefulness helps us to see!

    2 years ago
  8. Charlie T

    Gratefulness encourages me to slowdown and notice the world around me.

    2 years ago
    1. Avril

      Well said

      2 years ago
  9. Carol

    When I approach life with an attitude of gratitude, I don’t always need to ask WHY and find myself asking HOW can I best show up in this situation? I remember the first time I listened to a DVD of Br. David speaking about gratitude. He said that gratitude opens the door to opportunity. I’ve found that so true. Life is not a mystery to be solved or conquered. It is a process of allowing myself to be a more and more present and willing instrument of its wisdom. I posted this song in the gratitude lounge a few days ago but wanted to share it here because of today’s question. Hope it comes through.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xd1QnNBZQ2A

    2 years ago
  10. c
    carol

    hmm: gratefulness ends in my experiencing happiness.
    being in a state of happiness, allows for some facet of appreciation for what is and more open to being in awe.

    2 years ago
  11. DENISE H

    I think by being open to the gifts the universe has to offer and being grateful in accepting them is a true mystery.

    2 years ago
  12. Avril

    I think it’s the opposite; “how does gratefulness elevate the mundane so everything is mysterious and magical.” In honor of October, so mote it be.

    2 years ago
    1. N
      Nicole

      Love this, Avril!

      2 years ago
      1. Avril

        Thank you Nicole

        2 years ago
    2. Barb C

      Yes! I too was thinking that paying attention makes the ordinary magical.

      2 years ago
      1. Avril

        Thank you

        2 years ago
    3. Rabbit

      I like this Avril. Study the ordinary to see magnificence.

      2 years ago
  13. EJP

    Gratefulness helps me accept the things I cannot change and embrace the unknown (mysteries).

    2 years ago
  14. Rabbit

    This is a hard one for me as I am very analytical and am always searching for answers. Just leaving it to mystery feels like trouble. I look forward to learning from all of you. Perhaps accepting mystery is peace, and peace brings gratitude.

    2 years ago
    1. Mica

      Rabbit, I see this as the first question, but then I didn’t answer the actual question! “Does gratefulness help me better appreciate the mysteries of life?”

      2 years ago
      1. Rabbit

        I probably didn’t either. It seemed like I wanted to reverse the question.

        2 years ago
  15. Joseph McCann

    One of the mysteries of life is its impermanence. The ever changing cloud patterns, the flowing of water before it is changed by evaporation and plant consumption only to return as rain or snow. Gratefulness keeps me in the present to appreciate all that my eyes take in.

    2 years ago
  16. Laura

    Gratefulness makes me aware of how much I don’t know or understand about life. Yet I can still be deeply moved by those mysteries.

    2 years ago
  17. Kevin

    I wouldn’t say that gratefulness helps me to appreciate the mysteries of life. I’d say that gratefulness helps me to see and appreciate more of life, period.

    2 years ago
    1. Avril

      That’s what I said!

      2 years ago
      1. LynnMarie

        And I heartily concur with both of you! To be truly grateful requires intention and awareness, and that’s when the mystery and magic that is all around us, all the time, is revealed.

        2 years ago
  18. Michele

    Gratefulness helps me appreciate life because you don’t know when your time is up, it grounds you and give you a sense of calm and peace.

    2 years ago
    1. Rabbit

      Oh my, I wish to cultivate your attitude.

      2 years ago
      1. Michele

        thank you Rabbit, believe me, I have days where it’s a struggle:)

        2 years ago
  19. sunnypatti48317

    Gratefulness has helped me let go of the need and desire to control and just go with the flow. This allows the mysteries of life to bring wonder instead of fear. It also opens up new possibilities as we often can gain new perspectives depending on what life offers us.

    2 years ago
    1. Rabbit

      Maybe if I said, “Go with the Flow” a hundred times a day I might be able to do it. Thank you.

      2 years ago
      1. LynnMarie

        Rabbit, I’ll share my personal “flow” mantra with you. I have it written on cards and sticky notes in strategic places around my home, so I am constantly reminded of my intention.
        ” I live in the flow of vibrational harmony with Spirit, manifesting a life that is nourishing, abundant, joyful, and magical.”
        It works for me.

        2 years ago
        1. Rabbit

          I like this thank you. So important to remember to remember to tend our spirit.

          2 years ago
  20. Iamme

    I opened my back door this morning to let the dog out, it’s grey damp and unappealing after a night of heavy rain, I was about to close the door after the dog but something made me stop, I opened the door wide to stand and take in the sights, smells and sounds and out of nowhere came a small flock of starlings. Not quite a murmuration, but sort of, with them doing circuits above my tiny garden and taking it in turns to come to rest on the telegraph pole. I stood and watched them in their game, their dance of life and then they departed to another garden a little way behind mine, alighting on the TV aerial, repeating their dance making the aerial bounce and sway. I marvelled at how such tiny beings could exert so much energy onto the aerial, and how they can zoom about enmasse without colliding with each other. Now why did I open the door at exactly the right time to see them…? That’s a tiny mystery of life. Of course there are the bigger ones that make my head spin if I think about them too much. The “how is it possible that we, our planet, the universe exist?” one, but rather than run my brain in never ending circles of thought over that one I am simply grateful that what is, IS. I’m also feeling grateful and blessed that I opened the door at exactly the right time this morning to witness a joyous little spectacle of nature, the garden is now devoid of birds of any kind.

    2 years ago
    1. Rabbit

      Thank you so much lamme. You have given all of us this image as a blessing to our day. 🕊

      2 years ago
    2. Joseph McCann

      I also marvel at the patterns of birds in flight. From the soaring of hawks and turkey buzzards to the intricate flight of sparrows feeding on flying insects. Thank you for the images of starlings in flight.

      2 years ago
      1. Iamme

        I love the slow lazy circling of buzzards and eagles, it’s so calming to watch isn’t.

        2 years ago
      2. Rabbit

        I rather enjoy the crows too. Saw a nature show saying how smart they are and that they stay in family groups. My husband read a novel that had a character named Moses and whenever we see them he says, “There is Moses.”

        2 years ago
        1. Iamme

          I love crows, so characterful!

          2 years ago
          1. Rabbit

            If this works you can see the book here: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/9250050-mink-river
            I loved the book Chicago by the same author. I learned about the author from the Daily Guideposts devotional.

            2 years ago
  21. Antoinette

    The answer always lies in the present moment. and surrendering. Whatever is occurring in the here and in the now is an offering. The light of awareness shines brighter and brighter when we let go of everything. Gratefulness is in there here and the now with the wonder of life. Life is a wonder full of everything. The only question is whether we are present?

    2 years ago
  22. Dusty Su

    The mysteries of life make me greatful. They used to scare me. They no longer do that, though they may challenge me, ultimately they remind me how little I know, and that awes me.

    2 years ago
  23. Christine

    I appreciate the mysteries of life, especially the unseen like the feeling of love and also the mystery of unseen music. Musical notes are born and die almost instantly, but often leave an indelible impression on me. How can I appreciate it more? I don’t feel a value judgment in appreciating.

    2 years ago
    1. Rabbit

      Lovely, thank you. We will all hear music differently today. 🎵🎼🎹

      2 years ago
    2. Antoinette

      I love that – I don’t feel a value judgment in appreciating. The words: value and judgment are so painful to me. I think this brings up trauma pictures in me.
      How growing up and seeing how those two ideas are not Truth. They are indeed an idea which are not Truth. Thanks you for your wisdom .

      2 years ago

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