Gratitude List: This Weeks’ Top Reasons to be Joyful

October 13, 2010 By: Matsya Siosal Category: Living with Intention, Mind Body Spirit

It’s a perfect autumn morning and golden rays of sunlight are pouring through the windows making the floorboards glow. This exact type of fall weather, brilliant blue sky, crisp snappy air and the busy calls of birds and squirrels accumulating their winter stockpiles, fills my heart with a simple joyful sense that all is right in the world. What better time to recount this week’s top joys, or some of the millions of things to be grateful for in this precious life.

1. The month of October. There’s something special to love about every month, but October has always held a special place in my heart. It’s the month of perfect autumn days like those described above. It is the final month of harvest, rich in apples, pears, nuts and squashes. October marks my wedding anniversary, my mother’s birthday, and Halloween or Samhain, however you are inclined to celebrate.

2. Goji berries. These delicious, nutrient-rich little berries are a staple in my house. Originating in Tibet this wonderful superfood is a source of 19 amino acids and many essential and trace minerals including iron, calcium, potassium, zinc as well as B vitamins and multiple antioxidants including beta carotene, lycopene and lutein. I’m so glad the Whole Foods near my house sells them in bulk!

3. Quiet mornings. I’m never more content than on those quiet mornings when I have plenty of time to wake up and start the day on a positive note. Meditation, journaling, reading and birdwatching in my garden are my favorite ways to greet the day. Taking just 10 minutes to center and set an intention for the day goes a long way toward having a joyful day.

4. Mandalas. The mandala has long been one of my favorite artful expressions. Mandalas can be used as a tool to aid meditation or impart spiritual teachings or simply to adorn your space with sacred and inspiring imagery. “Jewel” by visionary artist Eileen Bradley hangs on the sunny yellow wall opposite my bed so it is the first thing I gaze upon each morning.

5. Visits from far-away friends. Over the years several of my friends, especially those that had children, have moved to various states throughout the country. I have friends who now call Arizona, New Mexico or Missouri home. It is a special joy when they come to town and the hours we have together are all the more precious.

6. Acupuncture. I frequent a community acupuncture clinic in Portland whose motto is: “Acupuncture can change the world”. Amen to that! Acupuncture is the most amazing medicine in that it facilitates your body doing what it does best naturally: healing, rejuvenating and repairing itself. The world is filled with people who have found certain and lasting relief from anxiety, pain, depression, allergies, PMS and more by clearing stagnant energy, stimulating the immune system and enhancing overall well-being through acupuncture.

7. Garden-fresh flowers. I love growing flowers as much as I love growing fruits, veggies and herbs. Some of them are even a tasty, nutritious addition to salads or medicinal elixirs. While the daisies, lilies and roses have faded away, the brilliant saffron and ruby Harlequin heirloom marigolds are in their full glory.

What are you most grateful for this week?

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