As many of you know, John, Happy, and I are moving to Fredericksburg, TX., and though we have shed many tears about leaving our little paradise here in the hills of Bandera, TX., Fredericksburg is a long awaited dream finally coming true. I have wanted to live there since I was a child. I even dreamt about being a peach farmer! We purchased a German homestead from the 1800's with rock houses and barns - tons of new projects, photo shoots, and another book opportunity! I am so grateful for this amazing blessing which brings me to my point of this blog; GRATITUDE...
As I get older, worrying seems to be a constant companion to the point it has affected my daily life, so I'm always on a path of enlightenment to expand my awareness in hopes of a "cure". I guess I could call my worrying a gift as it has brought me much awareness and learning, but not a cure yet! One of the lessons that has helped me so much was watching Tony Robbins on Oprah's Life Class last night and he said, " I think gratitude is the most spiritual and most important emotion of them all. It's the antidote to the two things that stop us which are fear and anger. Fear is why we don't take action and anger is why we get stuck. You can't be grateful and angry simultaneously, so it's really the reset button. It's the cleaner of the soul. What it does when you are grateful, 'It's no longer about me, right?' It's really about giving thanks, and when you are giving thanks, you disappear and when you disappear, I believe you reconnect to the divine."
Then he had everyone do his "Emotional Flood Exercise" where you put your hands over your heart, close your eyes, and go on a journey of things you are grateful about. First you physically feel your heart beating and breathe into your heart. Feel the power of you heart and the strength of your heart. Feel grateful for your heart and what it has guided you to do in this life, to give and to be. You didn't have to buy this heart, you didn't have to earn it, something thought enough of you to give you this gift of life without doing anything, instantly when you are born. As long as it beats, you are alive. Now step into a moment, into your life that you can feel deep feelings of gratitude for..... Wow, this exercise went on for several minutes and I was sobbing - I still am. Talk about pushing the reset button!!!! I thought I was grateful but learned there is so much room for more. I guess as long as we are alive there is always room for more! I am now chanting my gratitude mantra when I find myself deep in the throws of my worries. I encourage you to do this exercise with Tony on YouTube - Search "Tony Robbins Emotional Flood Exercise". I'd love to hear how it affects you too.
I am thankful and grateful for each and every one of you.
I will be posting pictures of our new homestead and the progress soon.
“When it's over, I want to say: all my life
I was a bride married to amazement.
I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms.
When it is over, I don't want to wonder
if I have made of my life something particular, and real.
I don't want to find myself sighing and frightened,
or full of argument.
I don't want to end up simply having visited this world.”