The Secret Treasures of Being Thankful

Thankfulness is a vast treasure, an abundance of joy,  a source of happiness and well-being.

Just being thankful- so simple,  so profound

The doorway to undiscovered treasures has a key made of two simple words:

Thank You

©2017 by Awakening Wisdom Light

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Thankful for Thanksgiving

I am so very thankful
For the opportunity to be grateful
For all the good things in my life
Both big and small

Gratitude is a special gift
To see the goodness in ordinary things
To recognize what you have
To remember what you have forgotten

To appreciate what is present
To be happy in the moment
Where even a little seems like so much

There is so much to be thankful for

For life itself
Any moment life could be gone
And it will be too late
To be grateful

So why wait?

©2017 by Awakening Wisdom Light

So Thankful

So thankful
For this day
For this life

For the beauty
All around me
Within myself
And within every person

For the opportunity
To be alive
Another day
Another chance

To give love

©2017 by Awakening Wisdom Light

Veterans And War

Veterans and war are just like brothers,
You can’t have one without the other.
We can wish for peace, we can continue crying, but as long as there is war, there will still be dying.
You cannot have “Us” without having “Them,”
Sometimes they are enemies, other times friends.
As long as we feel that there is “Me” and there is “You,”
Conflict and violence will always ensue.
If we can see ourselves in the eyes of another,
Then we will be sisters, we will be brothers.
But as long as we hold to our limited views,
We are trapped in the past-never anything new.
Can we open our eyes, and see beyond the veil?
Only Wisdom can guide us, and only time will tell.

©2017 by Awakening Wisdom Light

Honor Veterans, Not War

This Veterans Day, let us honor veterans, but let us not honor war.

Let us support the troops, but let us also recognize that if we rely on love then solders would not be necessary

Let us admire the bravery of soldiers, but let us also acknowledge their suffering from fear, PTSD, and suicide

Let us honor the veterans of our country, but let us also honor the veterans of other countries, for they too have suffered

Let us stand up to defend ourselves, but let us also realize that we are the ones responsible for whatever dangerous situation we find ourselves in

Let us defeat our enemies, but let us do so by ending the war within ourselves

Let us see that there are indeed dangers in the world, but let us also understand that believing in the necessity of war is a self-fulfilling prophecy

Let us stand up for freedom, but let us not be fooled into thinking that taking the lives of others will ever make us free

Most of all, let us not believe in any fantasies about war. Let us see the truth – that war is a type of insanity, that it is a sign we have gotten lost in fear and have forgotten about love.

May we all be free from fear, may we all abide in everlasting love, and may all veterans be free from all pain and at peace.

May there come a time in the future when the term ‘veteran’ has become an antiquated relic of the past, an ancient word from a time long forgotten, when humanity was at war with itself, lost and confused.

©2017 by Awakening Wisdom Light

Looking Within

Looking within
For the Kingdom of Heaven

Seeing inside
With eyes of stillness

Opening wide
To the higher light

When it is realized
That God is within you

The Son is born in you
And you shine brightly

The Light of the World

©2016 by Awakening Wisdom Light

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Happiness comes from Within

Fill your bowl to the brim, and it will spill.
Keep sharpening your knife, and it will blunt.
Chase after money and security,
and your heart will never unclench.
Care about people’s approval, and you will be their prisoner.
Do your work, then step back.
The only path to serenity.

Tao te Ching verse 9
Translation By Stephen Mitchell

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