Being…In a Nutshell: Journey of Gratitude – Day 21

Copyright Tam Black 2015 Designed for
Copyright Tam Black 2015
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Welcome to Round 3! Only 20 days to go!

See an explanation for how the Guiding Thoughts change for this round here.

Guiding Thought

We remember our Self and recognize the Love within, the Love we Are. We see this Love as all we are and all there is, the reality of you, the reality of we, and the reality that is the Life of All. We honor this Love and this Life, and offer our gratitude for Its Being. What Joy there is in Being!


I feel really good today. Let me re-phrase that: my body feels really good today. After 2 ½ hours in the bathtub, I woke up a little groggy, but by the time I got to work, 2 hours later, my body felt really good, a combination of alert and relaxed, open and focused; it was easy to keep my mind on thoughts of “pure” and “infinite” as I was having a work-conversation. My emotions also feel very calm and strong. I feel steady, stable. My mind is clear, but it also feels detached—I’m not quite sure what to make of it. My inclination is to encourage it to detach, to encourage it to become less thought-full!

This is reminding me how amazing it can feel to be in a body! This is earth. More specifically, this is the effect of “doing earth” as a spiritual practice. Earth practice has to do with the physical body: eating or not eating, exercise, dance, percussion/rhythms, body-work, etc. Earth has been the practice I have most neglected recently. I haven’t been fasting, my exercise is sporadic. I have definitely been feeling the effects of not doing things (beyond my normal healthy diet) that directly affect my body in positive ways.

Over this past weekend, I jumped on the NutriBullet band wagon. I have done a lot of fasting, juicing, and smoothies over the past 25 years. But, as I mentioned above, I have been neglecting this aspect of my health-healing-aliveness lately.  Today I am thankful for my inner wisdom that leads me where I need to be, despite my ignorance and neglect! I have been doing a “Nutriblast” (what they call the smoothie) every morning this week, and sometimes one in the evening. I really think that is why I am feeling this way today…this relaxed energy, this aliveness.

I’ve had several new realizations with my spiritual practices lately. First, when I don’t do them I feel it more quickly, more immediately. I bathe and breathe every morning. Ok, not quite. I missed this past Sunday…and I felt it. Similar to the comparing/contrasting I wrote about a few days ago, but different than the “circle of love”: this is tangible—absolutely something experienced in the body, like how you might feel before a massage, and how you feel after. The comparison when you start doing any of the elements can be that stark.

Second, I begin to understand the nuances of the effects of each of the elements. The earth stuff is SO recognizable in my body. How have I neglected this so long? It does something different than bathing; it does something different than sitting with fire or breathing. Each of the elements has a “personality” so to say, they work with me on different levels, different layers, different aspects of all of me, some of which I am not even aware of until I have been doing a practice for a while.

Finally, I am feeling/seeing how the elements work together to make everything so much easier. For example, I do water and air everyday (just about); I do mind every day (these Journeys, mantra). I do fire with candles when I bathe, and then sit with an actual fire once a week. When I added earth to these practices, everything shifted; everything became lighter, clearer. If I were to do more fire it would have a similar effect; if I bathe twice a day I feel the effects more. All the practices support each other, contribute to the overall healing.

What does all of this have to do with today’s Guiding Thought?

Some days, I have to really dig through mire to get to a place where I can feel the truth of the Guiding Thought. Today I was just there. It was unlike anything I’ve experienced recently. It was like a combination of mind-no mind-beyond mind all at the same time. The Guiding Thought was just a given, as though I was reading it, thinking, “Yeah, of course!” If I were going to define it and put it in a box (which I am not going to do, but if I were…) I would call this the Joy of Being!