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So the initial idea for this gratitude blog post was primarily motivated out of a desire on my part to be more grateful, to acknowledge that gratitude on a daily basis and to create a partnership of gratitude that would ease the path of other’s.

All that is happening and more. I’ve heard from many of you through the plethora of social media networking channels about your own struggles with gratitude, what it means to be grateful, and how sometimes the world is just a damned  lonely place, full of darkness, needing light.

So tonight, I offer up a Danna Fauld’s essay that I have been using as an Introduction to some of my Yoga Therapy sessions this week. I know you’ll enjoy, because Danna Faulds is delicious on so many different levels.

So revel a little, and stay tuned because I am only on Day 6 and there is so much more to come!

This is what I have to say to you. Don’t manage fear, but plunge right into its midst. Feel the gut clench, jaw set, shoulders stapling themselves to your ears. Acknowledge the weariness with life, the dreary plodding “enough already” of it.

It feels like you could die inside this fear, and so you must. Die to past and future, right and wrong. Die to approval-seeking and the need to know anything except this moment. Die to your desire to be safe, secure and sure that the future will roll out in your control.

You need not do anything concrete to allow these things to die. Just be. Put no object or subject with the verb. Present to your most essential self, naked and untamed, outside the frame of mind or time, just be.

You’d think that would be easy, but if you actually witness the dizzying antics of the mind, it wants everything but this open-endedness. It thinks up nonexistent problems just to solve them. It insists on change, or self-expression, or anything but just sitting in the moment as it is.

Stripped bare, awareness shines like a beacon in the night. I say live in that light today. Let action flow naturally from your connection to reality, neither banishing the mind, nor bowing to it as your master. Just be and receive everything the present reveals with equanimity. You are ready!


About livebig365

Join me as I dive in to the deep end of the pool and challenge myself to live big and love big. What does that mean? In 2012 , I accepted the invitation to push myself beyond my comfort zone, at least once a day, and engaged and responded to my life, or a given situation in my life, in a way that would normally scare the hell out of me. Why did I do it it? Because it was time time to begin, and I was ready! Each day brought a new revelation, lesson, challenge, encounter, a teaching moment, that revealed to me that living big and loving big are uniquely interconnected. Welcome 2013, the year of lovebig 365. Each post was an expression of love experienced, witnessed, inspired, manifested. It didn't always make sense in the moment, and yet its sheer mystery hopefully evoked a beautiful affirmation of life and all of its shimmery brightness; broken up, lovely to behold, tender and full of purpose. 2014, jagged, bumpy, disjointed posts. 2015, silence, and plenty of growth within that silence. Manifesting 2016: The creation of a gathering place for gratitude. Join in the wavering, audacious, unequivocal fun. 2017: Reflection 2018: POWER, MAGIC, TRANSFORMATION
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  1. Linda R Neff says:

    I am ready – that’s a big one to say isn’t it? Thank you Susan. xoxo


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