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Shukr – Gratitude: #WordlessWednesday #WednesdayWisdom

Shukr (Arabic: شكر ), an Arabic term denoting thankfulness, gratitude.

 

“It’s not joy that makes us grateful, it’s gratitude that makes us joyful.”

Brené Brown

 

 

Shukr-Sabr-flower art
Power of perseverance and gratitude. Grateful to Canva for helping with designs such as these.

 

Laila- shitzu
Laila turned 8 this year. Deeply grateful for this bubba. This one’s an old image, from maybe 5 years ago. This is what she has always been to me – my partner in writing, meditation, prayer, sleep, play and crime! 😉 She recently had a surgery and I was amazed to see the aplomb and calmness with which she carried herself. Laila was up and about in just a day. So much to learn from our mute,  action oriented beings of the earth.

 

Ratatouille - Vegan - Vegetables
Vegan Ratatouille made on a cosy, lockdown Saturday evening by the 22 year-old. I’m so proud of her and all the hard work she puts in to grow her sustainable fashion community and study plant medicine and holistic healing. I truly believe she personifies this quote, “Be the change you wish to see in this world.” My girl has inspired me to turn vegan/plant based. Arigato Arusha. <3

 

Frangipani - flowers
The Frangipanis on our terrace give me the fragrance of hope and love, as do the other beauties and vegetables that are abundantly flourishing, while we spend our days at home in lockdown. Shukran!

 

Bleeding Heart- Flowers
A Bleeding heart (Clerodendrum), one of my Maa’s favourite plants. Brought it home in honour of her memory. Grateful for the enticing reds and whites.

 

Golden Shower- Amaltas - Indian laburnum
A drive with Laila to the vet over the weekend, revealed these golden vistas of joy and sunshine. The streets are mostly bare and abandoned. But the Laburnum, or the Golden shower tree unfailingly enchants. I am deeply grateful I have written about them so many times. Here’s another post. 

 

 

Shukr – Gratitude

 

I am dedicating this week’s post to Shukr or gratitude after I spoke about Sabr or perseverance in the previous week’s  #WW edition.

Shukr is  a form of grateful acknowledgment and is believed to be a highly esteemed virtue in Islam. Shukr is the twin of Sabr. Sabr ‎‎صَبْرٌ and Shukr شكر are Arabic words that stand for patience and gratitude respectively; two halves of faith, and the perfect philosophy to live our lives by.

 

Tuesday Morning Vibes

“It’s not the happy people who are grateful. It’s the grateful people who are joyful.” 

Brené Brown

It’s not uncanny that this morning, I attended Day 5 of the Prosperity Portal workshop with my teacher and friend, Nithya Shanti. The session began with Nithya sharing the above quote by Brené Brown. The highlight of this morning’s session was waking up in gratitude, living in gratitude, and going to bed in gratitude. Nithya constantly keeps reminding us to be even grateful for the things that don’t go as planned, or expected.

His mantra is to say, “How wonderful” for every little thing. Even when they go wrong! It may initially seem weird to say “How wonderful” when the mealy bugs attack your flowers, or when you wake up to a throbbing headache, or your proposal at work gets rejected. But who knows what the larger picture is, and what unexpected possibilities this seemingly impossible situation is presenting for you. 

I tried this last morning, when I woke up feeling not too bright and well. Giving gratitude to my body and using my time to rest and reclaim post-breakfast helped. I also chose also not engage with the physical pain or feelings, or give them importance. Pre-lunch I was back to my desk working. By evening I was feeling bright eyed and bushy tailed. The pain had dissolved.

Arigato Gozaimasu, to my wonderful teacher, Nithya, for opening new doors of abundance and light. Also to all the participants of Prosperity Portal to be the guiding lanterns too. 

 

Gratitude- Rumi-Girl art
Thanks to Geet, from the PP workshop for sharing this beauty. <3

 

Shukr/Gratitude

Last week I wrote about Stacey’s Fox Under the Moon art on Facebook. Lo! Behold she wrote a beautiful post on her page mentioning Natasha Musing, this blog and my book, Travel Epiphanies too. (Grateful to be working on a fresh, second edition now). I was so touched by Stacey’s  kindness and sweet gesture. Here are her words:

 

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Fox Under the Moon
Here’s a recent one from Fox Under the Moon. 

 

I remain in deep gratitude for the love and support of my family and friends at this hour of human duress.

 

I am grateful for this song, by Salman Elahi and the enticing mountains that I so love and miss. 

Sending all of you biggest gratitude hugs, for all the love you shower upon me through your words, wishes and of course wonderful posts for #WordlessWednesday, and for always reposing your unconditional faith in me. 

Shukran, Danke, Arigato, Gracias, amigos. 

Infinite love, light, laughter, blessings and good health <3 <3

Natasha Peace Serenity Sinha

 

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35 thoughts on “Shukr – Gratitude: #WordlessWednesday #WednesdayWisdom

    1. Thanks dear Ellen. Lovely to have you swing by and leave a wonderful paw-print. <3

      I'm glad you enjoyed the post. Totally every moment we have something to be grateful for. Lots of love.

  1. I’m sad because Laila needed surgery and I’m very, very, very happy that she’s fine now! Is adorable! ❤️
    Our little Miki (not in the picture at WW, but I have some pictures with her on my blog) is 17 years old – she hasn’t been feeling well for a few days (today is much better than monday – I am grateful for this); the vet said a serious diagnosis, but we will ask for another opinion because he has no symptoms of pyometritis.
    I like “Fox Under the Moon” very much.
    The song is very beautiful – for me, the music sounded like raindrops on a summer hot day.
    Wish you well! ❤️ Love and Light!
    Big hug!

    1. Hi, dear blogging friend!
      I hope everything is fine with you!
      Miki is so much better now! The problem was not as serious as the first vet said, which made me very happy!
      I wish you happy days, dear Natasha! ❤️
      Big hug! ❤️

      1. I’m so thrilled to hear about Miki. <3

        Laila is also doing so much better post her surgery, just refuses to walk too much. I guess it's fairly hot in here too and she is still healing. But spiffy as ever. :-))

        I wish you a blessed week of blissful spaces my precious friend. <3

        Tightest hugs xo

    1. I think bleeding heart needs a bit of a tropical and cool weather, dear Jackie. I am intending mine to survive the torrid summers here. It was one flower that was very precious to my Ma and she would carry it back from East India, Assam, where they lived for a while.

      Your loving thoughts for India and me, are so very treasured. Thanks a million my friend. <3

      See you soon. Have a blissful week ahead.

  2. Gratitude is a very precious word, indeed! Thank you a lot for your bright images,
    dear Natasha and for all the inspired words that spread love and light!
    Happy WW!❤️

  3. Beautiful post, Natasha. Laila reacts on your energy, no doubt about it 😉 and that meal looks delicious. She sure is a wise girl. Concats on your well deserved recognition and for the quote of Brené Brown. Granny says when you learn and accept everything that comes your way, the good, the bad and the ugly, then you can heal yourself in no time. Pawkisses for a Happy Day to you and yours ♥♥♥

    1. Oh you said it dear Gran and Binky on the energy bit. She has a stronger cord than an umbilical cord one! 🙂

      Granny is such a wise soul, and I’m always in awe with her words and being.

      Big pawsome kisses and loads of love your way. A special one for Gran too. <3 <3 Good to see you in my alley.

  4. Gratitude is the key to joy indeed.

    Luna is adorable and that vegan dish looks amazing.

    Love does feel like home.

    Thank you for joining the Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Wordless Wednesday. Big hug. ♥
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    1. Those prayers and chants are working dear Patrick, no doubt. <3

      I'm so glad the post has a lesson for your students. It makes me very grateful and happy.

      Prayers, safety and well being to you and yours. Always a pleasure to have you here.

  5. Natasha,

    I’m here, I’m here! 🙂 Gratitude is a power tool to lighten one’s heart and spirit. When we count our blessings small, big, perfect, and imperfect we find reward in every aspect. We also see just how good we have it because someone, somewhere has it a thousand times worse than we do. Thanks for sharing the beautiful music and lovely quote graphics! Have a wonderful WildWednesday, my dear! xoxo

    1. I so hear you. These days I have also started thanking my body parts and organs, which we always take for granted, dear Cathy.

      In the past year or so I have always thanks my pillow, bed, comforter. I even give thanks not just to the food I am eating but the farmers who cultivate it, and people who get it to us and our doorsteps. It’s a very empowering exercise to experience.

      I am right now thanking my Mac and my chaie and table. 🙂 How wonderful, and the hang drums playing in the background on Spotify. Will share possibly the hang drum music next week on #WW or for all you know my Ufo drum music. 🙂

      Big tight hugs sunshine girl.
      Stay gorgeous and safe.

  6. I am grateful for the photos you posted, especially that of Laila, the one with Clerodendrum and the one with the two foxes. I am always grateful for the beautiful thoughts you write here.
    Have a wonderful day, Natasha! ♥

  7. I am grateful that the virus is abating somewhat here in south Florida. There is confusion about wearing masks, as those who have been fully vaccinated may go without a mask. Although vaccinated, I still wear a mask when shopping indoors as the unvaccinated fear the “anti-vacc” people who also may refuse to wear masks. How can they tell us apart? I do not wish to cause unneeded anxiety.
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    1. I think masks must continued to be worn. As there are a whole lot of people flouting the norms.

      I’m so glad you are vaccinated and staying safe, Ken. Love to you and Mary Lou.

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