I’m back in NM after almost two weeks of traveling in CA to visit my children…both of whom are young adults, living their own lives and being good citizens of the earth! It was a wonderful trip, but I am glad to be home with our dogs, burros, goats & chickens…and our house and land. In processing those two weeks, and my feelings while traveling and upon coming home, there is one word that really covers it all…gratitude. So, today, I would like to devote this Essential Thought to the grace and love that an “attitude of gratitude” brings to yourself and others.
It is indeed a blessing to be able to experience life with this attitude — a perspective that allows us to be grateful for all that life brings us, both those things that are easy to be thankful for, and those that, on the surface, are not (like tough life lessons). The first I would mention is Laurel Leaf. Those of you who know me well, know that this is one of my all-time, favorite essential oils. Laurel Leaf gives us grace…that ability to “go with the flow” spiritually, to lift ourselves out of the trap of judgment, and to trust in the ultimate truth and love of the Universe. It is the essence that lets us say…and truly believe…that EVERYTHING happens for a reason. That EVERYTHING is, ultimately, for our highest and best good. And that, TRULY, life is unfolding exactly as it should.
The other essence that helps us attain and maintain an attitude of gratitude is Geranium…another favorite of mine. She speaks to us of the importance of an open and generous heart. An early mentor of mine used to always say “Open heart, open mind, no expectations.” The simplicity and profound nature of that mantra always inspired me. She is also about harmony….and what is grace, if not harmony among all things?
Finally, I would suggest Blue Tansy for peace. Actually that would be a wonderful description for her…Peace in a Bottle! Her ability to calm and sooth us, even in the face of chaos or discord, reminds us that even in the hurricane, the eye of the storm is peaceful. So be that “eye of the storm” and find the peace and centeredness that allows for gratitude even when the going is tough.
Today, before the day is through, tell someone you love them. Tell someone you are grateful for them. Express that you are grateful for your experiences this day. Thank the plants and trees for the love and healing they offer to us. And, accept my gratitude for those who are reading these words and allowing me to share part of me with you.
Master Medicinal Aromatherapist
Shining Sun Aromatherapy
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