What a treat we have for you today! Inspired by Mary, we have all submitted photos of all the artwork we have done in the past 38 days. If you have joined from where you are, please feel free to send your expressions to be posted. With deepest gratitude We offer all of the Love we have cultivated to All, including you.
Gratitude strikes my heart like a bell, resounding love through my being.
Gratitude opens my heart to Love’s purity, my very own essence!
I experience such deep gratitude for my heart, my essence, my ALL of Life!
Guiding Thought Audio (plays in a loop) can be found here: https://wp.me/p9wKWQ-1g
Listen to the Guiding Thought as you paint/draw/create and connect with your heart!
Well, little did I think that this body of work would come out of me, especially at the beginning of this journey. I originally thought that I signed up to write and then found out that while I could have done that, the big leap would be to do art. The big leap would be to move beyond the landscape of the safe and familiar arena of my mind and words. Yes, I do art, but it has been mostly for my own exploration and edification. But to explore the back of my heart and then post it, ha! It is for this leap that I am grateful. However, I am not sure I would have taken the leap without the community of Susan, Mary, Steve, and Brad. Yes, each of us is beholden to our own path, but this community’s supportive vibration and encouraging “nudge” are such that I am given opportunity to entrain myself to what is bigger, bolder, and true.
Wow. Mary, Steve, Lita, Brad…what an amazing journey we have had together, each alone, yet all One. I have loved viewing/reading your expressions; they always resonate somehow. Sometimes I am nodding my head vigorously, sometimes I am nodding slowly, with bare recognition, thinking, “I need to be more aware of that for myself”. I LOVE how and what you all have shared. SO much Love we have generated for All. Thank you for being here.
One hundred and Sixty. That’s how many expressions of Heart-love the four of us have created on this journey. Wow wow wow. I was going to save this for reflection after the 40 days, but it seemed timely for today’s guiding thought of Gratitude. Gratitude for all the love and support I have received on this journey from Susan, Mary, Lita, and Brad.
And while I’m at it, I included a picture of some of the great souls who have been guiding lights/teachers/spirit friends in my life. I have deep gratitude for their influences in my life.
- Bodhisattva with bent halo – with a good heart, all things are possible. He reminds me of my imperfections, and to be kind to myself and all sentient beings. To be humble. It’s okay to be imperfect.
- Maharajji Neem Karoli Baba – His only message is Love
- His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama –I have learned so much about kindness and compassion from him
- Eknath Easwaran – Meditation teacher – I have learned patience, and benefits of daily practice
- Mary – my Light in the darkness – who exhibits love in everything she does, Unconditional Love
- Brad – my friend who teaches me so much about Joy
- Not pictured – Susan Billmaier – for all the support on these life enhancing journeys, for including IZ on the day 35 posting, for her honesty and sharing her quandaries and explorations of painting flowers.
- Not pictured – Lita – for extending your friendship and sharing your wisdom with us, and going BIG.
- And the picture above them? Two souls together, watching the sunrise, seeing the same thing.
Gobsmacked! Verklempt! I sit here in tears of overwhelming gratitude – for many, but particularly for Susan, Steve, Lita and Brad. And for Divine Guidance provided by the Journey of the Heart Guiding Thoughts. I have a friend who is a wonderful musician. For years he was encouraged, nudged, even nagged to make his music public. Ultimately he produced 13 musical albums in 13 months. That same person, for years, has been encouraging, nudging, even nagging me to BE the artist he knew was lurking/hiding inside me. Then this Journey came along. It’s no accident that this same amazing man is the one who introduced me to Susan With Pearls. And it’s more than humorous on some deep level that I’ve heard his voice in my head every day of this Journey. After all, his is the voice that recorded the Guiding Thoughts! And so I spread out the art I’ve created during this Journey, took the photo posted here and am overwhelmed, gobsmacked, verklempt with gratitude for the love and support of the people here. Obviously, looking at the artful creations on my table, I cannot deny that I AM AN ARTIST. I started meekly on this Journey, drawing stick figures. It took this whole community of precious friends to kick me out of my safe nest to BE BIGGER (sound familiar, Lita?). The results astound me. Out of 7.7 Billion people on the planet, Divine Guidance connected me directly to my supportive family here. How can I possibly express my deepest gratitude and love?! I cannot. I can only say from my heart to yours THANK YOU, I LOVE YOU!