For some reason I like groups of three. I often put patterns of three in my art. I find power in the sounds of three words strung together — Breathe, pray, trust. I chuckle as I contemplate a plethora of wonderful blueberries.
This week my threes showed up as reminders to feed my mind with truth, beauty, and positivity.
Did you know, the neuroplasticity of our brain allows us to replace negative thought patterns with more truthful and positive ones? We aid our brain in this task by focusing more of our attention and inner conversation on these new thoughts. So, in praise of the magic of three, and in my never ending quest to program my brain for health, happiness, and holiness, here are three thoughts from this week that are true, positive, and, I think, beautiful.
It’s always good to try, isn’t it? — Liz Steel
Yes, in art and in life. It’s always good to try. Try to be grateful. Try to be kind. Try to be brave. And perhaps most importantly, try, even when it seems unlikely you’ll succeed. What’s the worst that can happen? You won’t be able to do it — yet.
Liz’s book is finally out of my mail quarantine. I’m fascinated by her sketches. I’m equally fascinated by how difficult it is for me to translate what I see with my eyes into a sketch on my page. None-the-less, it was remarkably satisfying to try!
“We are never more than one grateful thought away from peace of heart.”
― Brother David Steindl-Rast
I am a huge Brother David fan. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve listened to his audio book The Grateful Heart as I drive from one place to another.
If you haven’t read or listened to Br. David, stop reading this, click on this link, and listen.
Did you go yet? His spirit, voice, and words are a blessing. “Look at the sky. We so rarely look at the sky. … Look at the faces of people you meet. Each one has an incredible story behind their face.”
I’ve decided to document my grateful noticing . Last week I jotted down things for which I am grateful. This week, I’m collecting scripture verses that I’ve experienced as gifts.
You are a true warrior!
I’m putting all those dates into my calendar to pray extra for you.
— A friend
When I received this text message, I dropped my head into my hands and sobbed. It was amazing, in the midst of my fear, angst, and fatigue, to be reminded of the truth — I am a warrior, and I’m supported by my warrior friends.
As I looked for a photo to add to this magic of 3 thought, I came upon many ways I am a warrior — prayer warrior, positivity warrior, cancer-fighting warrior, sword wielding warrior, creativity warrior, teaching and learning warrior. None of them felt right for this particular connection. Then I found this photo.
It’s from a visit to the PEM. A large piece of art, lit from within, hung in one of their exhibition spaces. That light cast intricate shadows of the art on the walls. It was beautiful to look at as I stood in the doorway. When I stepped into the room, the light hit me as well, casting my image onto the wall. It was awesome.
At the PEM, the light from the piece of art projected an accurate image of me onto the wall. This time the light of my friend and her words, projected an accurate image of me onto my own heart and mind. I’m grateful for her, and every other amazing person who walks beside me, light at the ready.
This is so beautiful. I love this last picture and its meaning. That grateful noticing is so important, and that picture makes me wonder what I’m missing in my own life. This last paragraph is perfect.
Thanks, Julie!!! Brother David would suggest we are all missing a lot. Not in a mean way, but in a way that encourages us to look. Keep your eyes and heart open I bet there is tons you’ll notice. Btw, love your bitmoji. Just noticed it has a TON of books, just like you! 😀
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I have always loved three. In yoga, we chant OM in a series of three and then silence. The silence is part of the chant. Love!
What a lovely thought – that the silence is actually part of the chant. It makes perfect sense as in music the rests are as important as the notes, and help to create the feel and beauty of music. So too, life, right? Thanks so much, Lyn! Love having that thought in my head and heart. ❤