Thursday, June 21, 2018

Simple Pleasures

That man is rich whose pleasures are the cheapest.
                                                                        *Henry David Thoreau

Each morning when I awake, I experience again
a supreme pleasure - that of being Salvador Dali.
                                                            *Salvador Dali

Heartfelt gratitude is pure joy. I feel it in my body and it naturally flows through me in kindness and compassion toward others and myself. 

Headfelt gratitude I experience when 'what I don't have' weighs heavy in my psyche. At those times I think about all I have for which I should be grateful.

Gratitude lists have been a nightly occurrence of mine for the past few years.  Heartfelt gratitude lists flow out from my heart and write themselves...  Headfelt gratitude lists require conscious effort and add the element of guilt for not feeling gratitude in my heart for the gratitudes I list.  

As I thought about this, the word 'pleasure' came – it felt more gentle and honest to me. My nightly gratitude list is now a What I Took Pleasure in Today list.  Gratefully, there are many things in which I take pleasure – regardless of what I may be feeling emotionally. While the list finds me thinking about my day – it also taps the sensation of pleasure in my body.  My thoughts and feelings are congruent within my psyche.

Last evening's What I Took Pleasure in Today list included:
            Grace, my cat, greeting me at the door...
            Conversation with my 9-year old neighbor about her summer break...
            The hamburger and home-made potato chip dinner I made for myself...
           The good belly laugh I had watching Monk
           And....yes, writing this blog.

I end today's blog with asking: “What might be on your What I Took Pleasure In Today list?”

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