shine your light

Pause to consider
Not just today but all days
As a precious gift
Shift your perspective
Unlock the fullness of life
Let gratitude shine

About Val Boyko

Val Boyko is originally from Scotland and came to the United States over 25 years ago. At "Find Your Middle Ground" Val brings together her experience as a life coach, yoga teacher and mentor, to inspire awakening to the light and inspiration within us all. This blog is a place of exploration and discovery as we all explore finding harmony and peace, in the highs and lows of life πŸ’›

44 comments on “* Haiku – let gratitude shine

  1. This seems relative to a phrase I read yesterday and I’m passing it on – “Thanks Living” Isn’t that great? πŸ™‚

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  2. Wonderful post, Val. It is amazing what happens when we shift our perspective. Thank you! πŸ˜€

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  3. Walking My Path: Mindful Wanderings in Nature

    Nice, Val. Isn’t gratitude just the best?!

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  4. the best reason
    to pause, thanks πŸ™‚

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  5. Gratitude is the gift that keeps giving.

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  6. Oh I do try to stay aware of my gratitudes Val!!! πŸ™‚

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  7. Gratitude always changes our perspective. πŸ™‚

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  8. Gratitude is a good thing!

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  9. It’s amazing how gratitude makes life so much better Val. ❀
    Diana xo

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  10. I need to acknowledge you for this wonderful Haiku.

    I have noticed that Gratitude somehow gets linked to a mindset of abundance. I have experienced the power of this principle. Whenever I act as if I already have what I want, even those things which have not yet happened for me, I always feel peaceful and supported.

    But I have long deliberated on an aspect that occurs again and again in my life. How do I show gratitude towards someone who does not even understand how deeply he has hurt me?”

    When I think of this deeply, I realise that I feel hurt since the other person has failed to acknowledge the fact that he has done wrong. But even if he were to understand the situation, what benefit would that bring to me. I show gratitude and forgiveness from a selfish angle, for maintaining my own well-being. If this be so, does the person who has hurt me really needs to be involved in my process? What stops me from simply releasing that pent up negative energy and moving on?

    When I am in conflict with someone, with whom do I get most upset or disappointed? My belief is that when I am displeased with someone else, I’m really reacting to or rejecting some part of me that I can not love right now. Or, I’m blaming myself for being involved in the painful situation because I was vulnerable, unwise, weak or complicit enough to get hurt.

    Finding gratitude is a fundamental step in the self-improvement process. We cannot expect anything new to come into our lives without first having a genuine sense of appreciation for what we have now.

    Gratitude invites a sense of humility and a focus on what truly matters – which can be especially challenging in our materialistic society. It might help us to reflect that while we may not have everything we want, most of us do have more than everything we need. As Mahatma Gandhi had said, β€œThe world has enough for our needs but not enough for our greed.” Gratitude is what brings everything into balance and provides a proper perspective.



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    • Thank you Shakti for your thoughtful response. When we are coming from a place of gratitude, it changes our perspective to one of greater wholeness rather than individual smallness. This is where we can truly forgive ourselves and others. πŸ™

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    • Thanks for this Shakti. You describe well the conflict within for trying to find a place of forgiveness for someone who has done us wrong, is really for our own well-being. I agree that to focus on gratitude instead (on those things around that truly matter) is a much better way to move forward.

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  11. Gratitude leads to a positive frame of mind!

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  12. It is impossible to feel unloved or unworthy, at the same time as feeling gratitude. Thus to focus on gratitude is a positive way to a better future.

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  13. After spending a wonderful Thanksgiving with my parents, this was perfect, Val, just perfect. ❀

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  14. Carol Ferenc

    Remembering to always show gratitude, not just this week, is the ideal. Lovely words and image.

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  15. Wise words and Image.

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  16. Both poems and the illustration would go well framed and hung on the wall as motivational reminders. thanks you Val. _/\_


  17. I found the part which resonated with me were the words, “unlocking the goodness” and “changing our perspective.” I liked this double haiku post, Val. πŸ™‚

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  18. Bless you, Val. These are the perfect words my Heart so required at this moment. Thank you from the bottom of my Heart. Love, Amy ❀

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  19. Beautifully put!

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  20. This was such a positive posting for me today. I had been feeling so quiet and internal. This had me reframing my day πŸ™‚

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