58 Things We Can All Be Grateful For

Here are 58 things to be thankful for. Some may seem counter-intuitive. However, even the negative sometimes is worthy of our thankfulness. I’ve probably left some off my list. Leave a comment today and let me know what you are thankful for.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Ray

  1. Sun – without it’s warmth and light we could not exist.
  2. Earth – the beautiful planet that sustains us.
  3. Water – the sauce of life.
  4. Life – each and every morning we wake up is a new chance to be the person we want to be.
  5. Shelter – something to shield us from the elements.
  6. Children – the happy nature and innocence of children remind us how we are meant to be.
  7. Food – an absolute blessing for those who struggle for it and something to be more appreciative of for those of us who never worry about our next meal.
  8. Faith – our faith in ourselves and in something greater than ourselves.
  9. Minds – the power to think, to reason, to grow, and to adapt.
  10. Lines – for making us slow down and enjoy where we are.
  11. Compassion – for getting over ourselves to consider and understand someone else.
  12. Hope – reminds us there is a potential upside to every situation.
  13. Giving – when we give we remember that nothing truly belongs to us and it frees us from our attachments.
  14. Receiving – the opportunity to have our needs met while allowing others to give.
  15. Fear – for teaching us love, strength, and humility.
  16. Work – whether a career, a hobby, or community work; the sense that we have something to do when we get up in the morning is something to be thankful for.
  17. Sleep – for providing a way to rest the body.
  18. Friendship – those people who choose to spend key parts of their lives with us.
  19. Family – those people we wound up with by fate, but stay with out of love.
  20. Anger – for teaching us the benefits of peace.
  21. Peace – peace within and as much peace without as we can muster.
  22. Sight – the ability to see the beautiful world we inhabit.
  23. Love – the glue that holds us together.
  24. Difficulty – for making us strong and giving us something to compare with the heights.
  25. Stars – the wonder and glory of the night sky.
  26. Hatred – for reminding us to love (may we need ever-less reminding)
  27. Surprises – the wonderful things in life that we didn’t expect.
  28. Visionaries – people who see the world not as it is, but as it could be.
  29. Change – the ever-present possibility of improving ourselves and the world.
  30. Purpose – the plan to achieve something in this life and the firm belief that you can.
  31. Wind – a source of comfort, energy, and a metaphor for change.
  32. Music – the soundtrack of our lives.
  33. Possibility – the memory that something more and different is out there.
  34. Today – an opportunity to make the most of what we have.
  35. Tomorrow – the hoped for opportunity to continue our dreams.
  36. Sorrow – for making joy possible.
  37. Joy – the deep and intense happiness about being alive.
  38. Freedom – the ability to think, act, and be who you are.
  39. Acceptance – the ability be at peace with how things are for the moment.
  40. Learning – the opportunity to enhance our potential.
  41. Success – the opportunity to enjoy the fruits of our work.
  42. Adversity – for reminding us how strong we can be.
  43. Grass – for carpeting our planet and being a nice place to lie and look at the sky.
  44. Soil – a medium to grow food and plants.
  45. Moon – the most beautiful object in the night sky and the timepiece marking our lives through its phases.
  46. Innovation – for improving our experience of life.
  47. Dreams – the fuel that drives us through tough times and gives a reason to aim high.
  48. Options – the ability to choose.
  49. Sharing – the opportunity to pool our talents and resources.
  50. Flowers – they add beautiful sights and smells to our world.
  51. Clouds – for bringing the rain that cleanses and for helping me appreciate the sunshine.
  52. Mountains – they provide beauty, challenge, and the ability to see a long way.
  53. Oceans – beauty, unimaginable power, source of life and transportation.
  54. Competition – the opportunity to test ourselves and to improve.
  55. History – for teaching us the lessons we need to learn over and over until we get them.
  56. Future – for giving us the opportunity to try again.
  57. Death – for reminding us of life’s value.
  58. Meaning – the search for which makes our lives the journey that they are.

Miracle in Progress

There! Did you see it? There’s a miracle in progress. Where? Everywhere you look. The ants are building ant hills. Your heart is beating, beating, beating. The season is effortlessly changing again. The Earth goes around the Sun, as the Sun goes around the center of the galaxy. Everywhere you look, there’s a miracle.

You’ve heard the expression, “Don’t take your eye off the ball”. I think we should amend that to, “Don’t take your eye off the miracle.”

The moment you take your eye off the miracle, you begin to get into trouble. You start seeing “us” and “them”, “enough” and “not enough”, “future” and “past”, and you worry about all of it. Your worry turns into a soup of negative internal emotions that spill out into your world as unhappiness, anger, hatred, and even violence.

None of this is possible when you have your eye on the miracle. For in that vision of the world, you see how rare, precious, and amazing you are. You see how rare, precious and amazing everyone and everything around you is. We are all survivors, here in this place and time against overwhelming odds. Yet, here making our stand, being who we came here to be, and contributing our own uniqueness to the miracle.

So, when the moment gets you down today, remember the miracle. When you’re tempted fall into negativity and doubt, remember the miracle. It’s always right there, completely self-evident in every moment, if only you’ll look.

Follow your bliss. Experience your bliss. Become your bliss.

RAY

Cosmic Consciousness Affirmations

Good Friday, my friends! You are connected to more power than you can imagine every minute of every day.

We’ve been told that we are small beings cut off from the universe that birthed us.

These affirmations counter that narrative by encouraging you to remember and renew your connection to the cosmic consciousness of which you have ever been a part.

Ray

The Affirmations

  1. My connection to cosmic consciousness is available 24/7.
  2. I am always and everywhere connected to all that is.
  3. Every day I open my eyes to bigger possibilities.
  4. Every day I open my heart to bigger possibilities.
  5. Every day I open my mind to bigger possibilities.
  6. I don’t require intermediaries between cosmic truth and me.
  7. By going within, the whole universe comes into view.
  8. A greater consciousness is arising in me and in the people around me.
  9. I listen to the experts, but I trust my wisdom.
  10. Today I am directly connected to the boundless love that flows through the universe.
  11. I am one with the power that shines stars and spins galaxies.
  12. I am raising my vibration to meet the needs of my life and the needs of the planet.
  13. I am always attracting the right people, things, and situations to me right now.
  14. Everything and I mean everything is working for the greater good.
  15. Today I exchange this limited ego thinking for the vast and unlimited consciousness available to me.
  16. I have the freedom and the power to choose the thoughts, emotions, and words that feed my consciousness.
  17. I choose to fill my consciousness with love.
  18. I choose to fill my consciousness with peace.
  19. I choose to fill my consciousness with joy.
  20. I choose to fill my consciousness with freedom.
  21. I choose to fill my consciousness with abundance.

25 Forgiveness Affirmations

In my 30-year personal development journey, there have been no higher hurdles than those situations where I had to forgive and forget.

Our egos resist forgiveness and our popular culture mirrors that. The prevailing ideology is that you should get even or get people back.

Forgiveness is often seen as weak or enabling the bad actors. In those rare moment where forgiveness is allowed, we are counseled that we can cautiously forgive, but we must never forget.

Wow! Is there a more relevant example of our lizard brain reacting to the saber-tooth tiger in the weeds?

Forgiveness is not only hard. It’s also necessary if you are to release the burdens of your past and embrace your future. Ignore your ego and the conventional wisdom. Do the challenging work of forgiving others and especially yourself.

These affirmations, listened to regularly, will help infuse your mind with a mindset that not only accepts the power of forgiveness, but puts it into practice regularly.

Wherever you are on your journey today, remember you’re a one-in-a-trillion miracle.

Ray

THE AFFIRMATIONS

  1. I forgive myself today. I forgive myself tomorrow. I forgive myself always.
  2. I have no stake in who was right or wrong. I forgive and I move on.
  3. I forgive myself.
  4. I forgive my family.
  5. I forgive my friends.
  6. I forgive my enemies.
  7. As I forgive others, I am forgiven.
  8. As forgiveness grows in my life, my anger melts away.
  9. I forgive and I am happy.
  10. I forgive and I am empowered.
  11. I forgive and I am transformed.
  12. The grudges I hold only hold me back.
  13. The forgiveness I give propels me forward.
  14. I am completely forgiven and forgiving in my life.
  15. I forgive first. I forgive last. I forgive always.
  16. Breathing in, I feel my anger. Breathing out I let it go. Whatever I release frees me.
  17. Today I choose forgiveness over anger.
  18. Today I choose forgiveness over hatred.
  19. Today I choose forgiveness over self-destruction.
  20. Today I forgive and forget.
  21. As I forgive, I release my happiness from the chains that have bound it.
  22. I forgive and I am cleansed. I forget and I am released.
  23. I forgive what I can. I forget what I must. I live a life that embraces happiness.
  24. My time is short. The universe is large. I refuse to waste my opportunity with anger and victimhood.
  25. I choose forgiveness. I experience forgiveness. I become forgiveness.

Great Awakening Affirmation

There is a Great Awakening happening in our world. It’s a retuning and a refocusing of consciousness from a paradigm that tells you all the answers are out there in the material world to one that reminds you to stop, breathe, and look within.

We all know the mantras of the current paradigm. More stuff will make you happy. Work hard for 20 years to get an education so you can get a good job to work the best hours of your life for 40 years. Save and hope and pray you have some good years left at the end to enjoy. The few control the many. That’s just how it’s always been.

Many in this younger generation are balking at this life path. Good for them. None of us is too old to join them. We stepped into a game unquestioningly and have done our best to make it work. Only it doesn’t really work and it’s not aligned with why we’re here.

The past year and a half has given us all time to reconsider what matters. While the media claims jobs aren’t being filled because people are lazy, the truth is we’re seeing a fundamental shift in the way people think about their economic life. People are resolutely saying, “I won’t play that game any more.

What does this moment mean for us and our civilization? It’s an opportunity. An opportunity to reshape things in a way that honors our connections to the universe and each other. An opportunity to make this civilization work for the highest good of all its members.

It’s past time, don’t you think?

Wherever you are on your journey today, know for sure that the answers you seek are within you.

Ray