Love to You, Leslie

Beauty,

encircling your body is love

God blessed be your journey

Establishing & reiterating gratitude daily

bequeathed a crown of roses

fine-tuned to the whispers

facilitator to the predestined steps

God blessed be your destiny

My body is like a tree:

The veins in my feet being the roots

My arms being the branches

My body embodying the trunk

and my hair being her glorious leaves

God blessed be your angelic eyes

oh, the eyes that provide the windows to the soul

May the angels in your eyes heal many souls

Gold & silver tusked elephants guarding the portal to the spirit realm

God blessed be your womb which holds the key to glory

gratitude

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When you are grateful, when you can see what you have, you unlock blessings to flow in your life.

 
The essence of gratitude.  What is that?
 
I’ve been in Indonesia for over 1 year now and  am finally beginning to understand the gravity of gratitude.
 
What are you grateful for?  What moves you?
 
I admit. I have been meditating every day for almost 1 year now and I am learning to express gratitude. 
 
Feeling and understanding gratitude.
 
I yearn to pay it forward. But yearning only breeds suffering.
 
All good things come to those who wait.
 
Time.
 
But time is an illusion.
 
I have decided that I would like all of my students to begin creating and writing in their very own “Gratitude Journals”.  Writing in their journals 2 or 3 things per week that they are grateful for.  But before I let my students begin this assignment, I believe it’s only right for me to write about a few of the things that I am grateful for first:
 
Dear Mom,
I’m grateful for you.
You have always been a grounding person in my life. I pray for the day I am blessed to give back to you.
 
Dear Dad,
I’m grateful for you.
You love me unconditionally. I pray for the day I am blessed to give back to you.
 
I am grateful for my health, I am grateful for my job, I am grateful for my loving friends and family. How fortunate I am.
 
I haven’t always felt fortunate.
 
But, please find solace in the realization that with the expression of gratitude, the self-pittying and self-loathing you may feel begins to fade away and becomes replaced by a more optimistic outlook, appreciation and compassion for yourself and for others.
 
Thank you for reading.
I am grateful for you.
~Love Leslie