knee deep in weeds

notes on living a life

my space || week 10

“In daily life we must see that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratefulness that makes us happy.” 
― David Steindl-Rast

i will admit it, there have been times this winter
when i thought, Arizona sounds pretty darn good
waking up to sunshine and blue sky and warmth
opposed to rain, more rain, rain showers, partial rain, steady rain
record rain fall, oh, and wind and hail . . .

“The root of joy is gratefulness...It is not joy that makes us grateful; it is gratitude that makes us joyful.” 
― David Steindl-Rast

but when i stop to picture myself content
happy and at peace, it always includes the ocean,
the forrest, the paths the dog and i wander along the rivers
the green, and yes, the rain

for it is outside here, among all that green and rain
where i find my sacred space
where my senses come alive
and i find gratitude and joy

“Any place is sacred ground, for it can become a place of encounter with the divine Presence.” 
― David Steindl-Rast, A Listening Heart: The Spirituality of Sacred Sensuousness
“A lifetime may not be long enough to attune ourselves fully to the harmony of the universe. But just to become aware that we can resonate with it -- that alone can be like waking up from a dream.” 
― David Steindl-Rast

spring, she is just around the corner
and i will welcome her with open arms, 
but today, i best get out there to enjoy the last of winter
care to join me? 

how was your week? 


PS: If you are a podcast listener please take an hour our of your day to listen to Krista Tippett's interview with Brother David Steindl-Rast on On Being. I have listened twice now, and will listen again and again. It is well worth you time.