Sara Teasdale was an America Poet
Life has loveliness to sell,
All beautiful and splendid things,
Blue waves whitened on a cliff,
Soaring fire that sways and sings,
And children’s faces looking up
Holding wonder like a cup.
Life has loveliness to sell,
Music like a curve of gold,
Scent of pine trees in the rain,
Eyes that love you, arms that hold,
And for your spirit’s still delight,
Holy thoughts that star the night.
Spend all you have for loveliness,
Buy it and never count the cost;
For one white singing hour of peace
Count many a year of strife well lost,
And for a breath of ecstasy
Give all you have been, or could be.
Don’t forget to catch those glimpses of beauty life gives to us. Between the chaos of our lives and the madness in our minds we’re blinded from so much of this beauty. See it today. Remember it. Breath it in. Let in sink into you. I hope you find peace and rest today. You deserve it.
I long for goodness, simplicity, peace and joy. I love and I am loved.
There is great inspiration and encouragement to be found in the saying of Buddha, whether you relate anything spiritual to him or not. Let yourself read these next few lines with an open heart.
Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.
We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.
However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them?
You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe deserve your love and affection.
There is nothing more dreadful than the habit of doubt. Doubt separates people. It is a poison that disintegrates friendships and breaks up pleasant relations. It is a thorn that irritates and hurts; it is a sword that kills.
Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, men cannot live without a spiritual life.
I’m writing a children’s book.
Working title: “Some Call Me Their Nanny”
He is a Shepard to His Sheep.
I have been a wanderer
Not taking time to seek.
I have moved farther away
Creating distance between you and me.
I fed my sorrow, wore my pain
And silently rebuked Your Name.
Satan wrapped me in blankets of fear.
He whispered disbelief into my ear,
"There is no purpose for you being here,
Go back to where your comforts were near”.
Despite the twisting in my soul
To turn away and run,
I laid down in my defeat
To let Satan finish what he’d done.
But then I heard a familiar voice,
Inside that twisting soul.
A voice that broke down every wall,
Speaking into me love and hope.
“My child, my child,
I’m not finished with you yet.
Come to me my child,
Come to me and find your rest.
From the the rooftops I proclaim, that I am yours.
I am yours.
All that I am I place into your loving hands,
I am yours, I am yours.
Jesus here I am
arms wide open
here I am
heart wide open
Jesus here I am, here I am.
Alex Korb lays out several intriguing pieces of brain research that suggest gratitude can do more than just make you smile. Consistent feelings of gratitude may actually affect brain health!
In one, a group of people assigned to keep “gratitude journals” showed higher reported feelings of optimism and determination, and fewer reports of body pains. In another, feelings of gratitude were associated with less depression and anxiety and improved sleep.
Through a combination of behavior studies and some research into brain chemicals like dopamine, it seems at least plausible that being thankful can increase your brain’s “reward circuits”. Korb relates this to something called the “virtuous cycle”:
Gratitude can have such a powerful impact on your life because it engages your brain in a virtuous cycle. Your brain only has so much power to focus its attention. It cannot easily focus on both positive and negative stimuli. It is like a small child: easily distracted. Oh your tummy hurts? Here’s a lollipop. So you lost your job? Isn’t it wonderful we’re having KFC for dinner? On top of that your brain loves to fall for the confirmation bias, that is it looks for things that prove what it already believes to be true. And the dopamine reinforces that as well. So once you start seeing things to be grateful for, your brain starts looking for more things to be grateful for. That’s how the virtuous cycle gets created.
It’s certainly a simple way to look at complex brain behaviors, but I think it’s very suggestive proof that science says it’s good to be thankful.
I love me some brain science.