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On Gratitude

Friday, April 12, 2013 4:21 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
On Gratitude
by Melissa Potter


Have I mentioned how much I love the entire concept and feeling of being grateful? It is truly the secret key to joy. I even love the word.  Just saying the word, Gratitude, brings me into my heart where it's energy of thankfulness fills my entire body. Gratitude is the most remarkable feeling to me.  The Grateful Heart is the heart that shines and glows; it is the heart that beats in peace.  

When I'm grateful for everything I have been given, grateful for the simple gifts of life, it does not mean that I can't also want something else; it just means that what I want is what is more authentic to who I am.  Gratitude is like a washing away of the hunger. It leaves me full of light and love and satisfaction.  From this place of love and fullness, I feel Holy.  I really do.

This is what I have discovered: Standing beside peacefulness and happiness, there are other important things that happen when I focus on my blessings. When I am feeling grateful for what I have, all the rest of the busy-ness and craziness of life and the media and the world falls away.  

When Gratitude Happiness dances in my heart, all of a sudden I can tune into what I truly want and need. All the "shoulds" go away.  (You should be doing this.  You should be working on that...Why don't you have this yet? Why haven't you accomplished that yet? You should have done such and such by this age) All these wicked, internal pressures go away.  

I begin to see and feel my purpose for being alive! I see how one road led to the next. I see the synchronicities.  I see the golden thread of a vocation, a calling, woven through my entire life and how each and every step, turn, twist, fall and rise of my path has brought me here to this exact spot. I can see it and follow it to fulfillment when I am at peace with my life, my past and all that the past has taught me. And when I am grateful, I can feel who I am inside.  

When I feel who I am, I am in touch with my Calling.  And I remember, Yes! Oh yes, I now remember the things that make me so happy I could scream, jump on the table, fall down and die right now because I am so happy and I have lived fully doing this thing I love more than anything in the world!

I remember those things and then I can get back on track doing what I most love to do.  Your calling does not feel like work. It feels like, This is exactly why I was born, inside you. It feels like, God, inside you.  It feels like, I AM HOME.  



Melissa Potter lives in New Hampshire with her 16-year old son, her greatest joy and their cat, Jack. She loves the earth and all its elements; loves to camp, kayak, swim, visit the mountains and to gather with friends and family for good food and conversation. She also loves exploring-adventures, music, libraries, bookstores and the theater.

Connecting to nature has been a joyful and deepening source of strength, beauty and sustenance for Melissa. This honoring of Mother Earth and her devotion to holistic healing led her to the joyous and rewarding journey of studying and using herbal medicine and aromatherapy as well. Life is a magical, beautiful and aromatic adventure when surrounded by pure essential oils and colorful, healing plants!

Her passions are writing for the joy of writing, inspiring others and doing service work. Creating venues to share her experience, strength and hope is extremely rewarding to her. She loves exploring the Divine Feminine through myths, archetypes and ritual and is deeply in love with creating altars and sacred space for healing and celebration.

Her latest passions are astrology, working toward her degree in Counseling Psychology and the opportunity to serve as a mentor at Wise Woman University!

Melissa graduated from the NH Institute of Therapeutic Arts in 1993 where she studied various forms of alternative healing. She offers craniosacral therapy, somato-emotional release work, ceremony, Astrological and Spiritual Counseling in her private practice at MotherRoots Healing Arts.

Although Melissa has studied with many wonderful and wise teachers throughout the last twenty six years, many of her most profound teachings have come from the everyday women and men who have inspired her with their own life stories. For this she is eternally grateful. And to all of the women who’s tables she has sat around sharing cups of tea, potluck meals, stories and laughter ~ she is also grateful ~ for these are the intuitive, soulful Wise Woman ways that infuse us with the very deepest teachings about ourselves, each other and the world around us on our journey through life.

 
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~ Reclaiming Artemis: Calling Passion, Power and Wildness
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