Susie at Susie Lindau’s Wild Ride has invited us all to create a post about our blessings and link to her post by Dec. 19. Since I’ve been practicing gratitude and noting blessings, seems like a perfect project.
The last couple of years I began making a concerted effort to spend more time on our sun porch. I love lots of light and our tree-surrounded house tends to be on the dark side except for the sun porch which not only has lots of windows and skylights but is blessedly the only area not shadowed by a big tree.
This year I managed to be really faithful about setting up for an hour or three of computer and/or reading and/or writing time out there most days and the light and airiness have really been a blessing! Lifts my spirits and keeps the positive mojo working.
Ever since last year’s (U.S.) election, I’ve been focused on living from a place of lovingkindness and compassion. I’ve been blessed to have learned many great tools for such a journey over many years and from some great teachers. A number of teachers made videos and books available for free this year and I purchased some books that have helped as well.
As a long-time fan of Sharon Salzberg’s Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness, I was pleased to add Real Love. Louise Hay offered me a book on mirror work and I meditated with Deepak and Oprah too. Blessings all.
When the coffee revolution began in the 70’s, some of my college friends pulled me into the world of fine coffees. Honed over the years as I lived in the land of the original (and far better) Starbucks and was privileged to spend time hanging out in cafes in Europe, my taste is pretty picky and I LOVE a great cup of coffee. I’m able to order really good coffee from La Coppa (founder originally worked for Peet’s and then founded San Francisco’s Spinelli’s –which I loved when I lived there) and my daily pot of espresso is one of my most treasured moments every day.
After seeing Paul Hawken on Charlie Rose (not a blessing, btw, to have lost the pleasure of watching his show…), I got his wonderful book, Drawdown, which outlines the path to ending the climate crisis and, most important, argues that the seeds have already been sown. I found it so uplifting and encouraging, I recommend everyone to read it. Truly a blessing.
For some years I’ve talked about heading to Henry’s Clay’s estate, Ashland, to take a walk once in a while. This year I finally made it something like 4 times (hey, better than the 0-1 times previously 🙂 ). Childhood memories link me to the place and my love of history finds satisfaction in walking the lovely grounds of this historic place. Blessed that it’s so close to me and each walk was its own blessing.
One of last year’s Christmas presents was this little perfume with a prominent scent of tobacco. I wrote a longer post about it, but the short version is: it reminds me of driving around Lexington in my childhood at certain times when tobacco dried in lots of barns and the sweet scent filled the air.