Well, Covid finally got me right in the midst of being in the Wake Up Grateful workshop at Kripalu with author, Kristi Nelson. It is really quite amazing the irony of that. A MIRACLE REALLY. The first session of the workshop was Friday night and I felt fine then Saturday came…

On Saturday, I didn’t feel well, had a headache and was tired, but didn’t even think I could possibly have Covid. You all know this wasn’t my first time getting a headache and I hadn’t slept well the night before, so it made sense to me that I was tired. Kristi and her partner, Linda, totally took care of me. They loaded me up with meds, cough drops, and even some “gummies” to help me sleep. 

The set up of the room was a circle of 15 chairs and then in another part of the room were mats with pillows and blankets for us to use anytime we wanted during the weekend. They called them our “nests.” I quickly found my nest on Saturday and spent most of the day on the floor listening or sleeping covered completely with the blanket. I participated as I felt I could. And all was well. I was taking care of myself and felt such gratitude to be in that space even in my unwellness. 

I am a conduit for gratefulness and that is what I bring to my client, Dorrier Underwood and the journey is just beginning!

Gratefulness is a journey and a spiritual muscle that needs love and care. It is a shift in perspective. Gratefulness is available to all of us no matter the situation or circumstance and that is truly a gift. We are in charge of our own gratefulness or lack thereof. It is shifting from an,  “I have to” to an “I get to.” 

Example: I have to do the laundry to I get to do the laundry. Just think about all the things you get to do throughout your life. 

One of our assignments was to write a letter to an inanimate object. Here is my letter to my mattress:

Dear Mattress,

You may have felt taken for granted. I don’t think I’ve said thank you, so thank you for holding me so well, for giving me comfort, and for always being there to support me. I love crawling into you at the end of the day and feeling your warmth, your care and your love. You give me rest when I most need it. And no matter what kind of day I’ve had, you are always there to support me. Thank you. 

Here are a couple other resources I’d like to share with you:

The Power of Love is Here Now 

“The power of love is here now

The power of now is here now

The power of you and me is here 

To create magic on earth

Let the water wash away your tears

Let the fire burn away your fears

Let the wind blow into your life such faith and trust

Let the earth hold you, take care of you and nurture you”

A Grateful Day by Brother David Steindl-Rast (5:00) – a beautiful way to start your day! Both listening and watching the video are worthwhile.