To be alive in this beautiful, self-organizing universe–to participate in the dance of life with senses to perceive it, lungs that breathe it, organs that draw nourishment from it–is a wonder beyond words. Gratitude for the gift of life is the primary wellspring of all religions, the hallmark of the mystic, the source of all true art. Furthermore, it is a privilege to be alive in this time when we can choose to take part in the self-healing of our world.

Joanna Macy

Child with her puppy, Northern Canada, Copyright Joan Z. Rough, 2007

No matter the number of fires, droughts, tornadoes, wars and the ridiculousness of politics, good things are happening all around us.  We can use our time beating our breasts, weeping and wringing our hands or we can join the dance, give a helping hand to those in need, open our hearts to the lilies that bloom by the side of the road, the nest of downy robins in the maple tree across the street and all those who stand beside us regardless of who they are because we are all one.

Metta to everyone on this lovely summer morning!

May you be happy.  May you be safe.  May you be free from suffering.

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5 Responses to Gratitude

  1. Virginia says:

    Thank you Joan!
    And happy Metta to you as well …
    Hugs and blessings,
    (dancing joyfully with colorful expressiveness as shared at Facebook)

  2. jzrart says:

    Keep on dancing!

  3. kara says:

    Joan what a charming photo. I like your blog – I mostly catch it in my reader and then miss getting by to comment. May you be peaceful and at ease. Creative blessings. Kara

  4. Sharon says:

    Lovely. I actually thought that the picture was of a younger Lisa. Beautiful sentiments.

    Metta to you my friend.
    Love, Sharon

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