For this week’s challenge, share a photo of something pure — it can be a person, an object, or a moment. “Pure” can convey wholesomeness, something undiluted, or simplicity.
“We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.” ~ Buddha ~
It is true, our lives are a reflection of our thoughts. When we find peace and gratitude in our mind, our lives reflect the joy around us. If you can learn to slow down and take time to be grateful for all of your blessings, you will begin to see the world through a new lens.
Since adding in a few moments of gratitude to my morning routine it seems there is a peace that flows within and around me. Lying in bed a few minutes extra instead of jumping up and going through the motion of the morning has made quite a difference in my life. Before rising I give thanks to the gift of waking to a new day, to the sunshine filtering through the curtains and dancing on the wall, to the air that gives life, trees, my bed, my children and grandchildren and the countless other blessings. It doesn’t take any more time to get ready than if I jumped up and frantically moved through the morning routine. Even if you have a tragedy, illness, or unemployment – you still are blessed with life and the wonder that is before you, the resources available, friends, family, air, water, nature. . . Start small and more will come to you.
There is a pure joy that comes from a focus of gratitude for all of our blessings. It is like looking through the camera lens. First you have to become aware. Then slow down and focus. Patience is needed to find the purity of the world around you. Finding little things to be grateful for will open you to more things flowing into your life to be grateful for everyday. Your thoughts will begin to change as you focus on what is working well in your life and less on what is unwanted. This simple act has changed what I see and how I feel about myself and life.
The things that bring me the most pleasure in life are the purest and simplest things in life – nature and children.
“Grown men can learn from very little children for the hearts of little children are pure. Therefore, the Great Spirit may show to them many things which older people miss.” ~ Black Elk ~
Watching little children experience life allows us to remember – to see life through pure eyes once again. My grandsons always give me pleasure, especially in the pureness of their actions. My youngest grandson, Colt, is experiencing food for the first time. He took such pleasure in experiencing a strawberry. Pure innocence and joy. He smiles if you sing Wheel’s on the Bus. You can sing this ten times in a row and he never tires of hearing you sing – even if you can’t keep a tune. While at my son’s gallery opening, Colt discovered his reflection in the glass. When was the last time you found such pure joy seeing your own reflection. We can return to that joy whenever we decide it is time.
My two-year old grandson was captured in the photo above in his purely innocent act of worshipping the sun as he sat on a rock in La Jolla, CA. Notice the pure joy in his little face. Amazingly, we didn’t pose him. I turned around to find him looking up at the sun with arms wide open. Love these little boys! They bring pure joy to my heart.
What brings you pure joy? Have you tried to give gratitude for your life before rising in the morning? If not, I wish you would give it a try for a couple of weeks and let me know if you notice changes in your daily life.
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Love and Light!