Thought for the Day: Grateful?

“If you are sitting here reading this,” says the literature at Soma Café in Ubud, Bali,  “you are amongst the most fortunate people in the world.”

But wherever you are, “Reminding ourselves daily of all the things that we are grateful for, large and small is a beautiful way to live.  The more grateful we are, the more blessings we are open to receiving.

As Dr. Masuru Emoto has scientifically proven through his book Messages in Water, water (and food containing water) carries the energy that is put into it.



Ice crystals from the various energies – from Dr. Emoto’s book.

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Similarly, you can feel the positive energies of some people while others emit negative feelings.  Even if you doubt Dr. Emoto’s findings, personal gratitude opens you to see more blessings.



Grain in Ubud rice field – the rice farmer adds to our vitality.

The Soma Café says, “We invite you to try blessing your food, giving thanks to mother earth, all the people that were a part of growing and preparing it, asking that your body receives the ultimate nourishment and that the food fuels you to live your purpose and walk in peace.  Try eating slowly & mindfully, chewing completely & taking a moment to breathe between bites. . .”  Enjoy – and be grateful.


A Soma Café delight


What are you grateful for today?

Aloha, Renée



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About reneeriley

Our blog was begun as a way to share our experiences in China. From August 2010 to July 2011, my husband, Barry Kristel, and I were at our University of Hawaii Maui College sister school, Zhejiang Agriculture and Forestry University in Lin'an, China, a city considered rural because it has only 500,000 people! We had a wonderful time. Then in February 2012, we returned to teach this time at our other sister school, Shanghai Normal University, in a city of over 21 million people. We've made many discoveries. Did you know that now Chinese girls, at least the ones who go to university, for the most part feel they are luckier than the Chinese boys? Did you know that Shanghai saved over 20,000 European Jews during WWII? Do you know how Chinese university students would deal with problems that come up in Dear Abby letters? What's it like to be on the Great Wall of China? Do you know how many Chinese girls had their feet bound and why? And we have recipes from many of the places we've visited. Among others, you can find instructions on how to fry cicadas from one of my ZAFU students and how to make chocolate-Kahlua waffles from my brother Mike in Gainesville. You can also look back to our earliest entry to see what we experienced in Oaxaca, Mexico, in 2006 during the mainly peaceful six months of protest until the Mexican government sent in the troops. Between our stays in China, Barry and I have been on the Mainland U.S. visiting family, friends and Servas hosts as we traveled home to Maui. We share those experiences too. Welcome to our blog! Aloha and Zài Jiàn, Renée and Barry

4 responses to “Thought for the Day: Grateful?”

  1. Rosita says :

    Nice post. And, replying yuh question, I’d dare saying I’m grateful for having a cozy, clean place to live in, and I feel glad I had an almost idyllic childhood between Belém, São Luis and Fortaleza 😍 I really miss such good ol’ times which don’t return anymore. Sadly, not everyone else has same chances than meh, and it distresses meh. As u might have noticed, I try to remain as neutral when it comes to politic stuff as I can in here, but recently there’s basically an immense flux of refugee Warao ppl (a Venezuelan indigenous community) into my city, at extreme north of Brasil, and I feel bad for them. So, meh and my fam donated some stuff to ‘em, as I feel great respect for indigenous communities as a whole, as they’ve invented stuff we use daily, as hammocks – FYI, I sleep in a hammock by option, as I have back issues and it relieves my problems – and yucca (I simply luv yucca-made appetizers), and I wanted to retribute something to ‘em, 😇 my fam also donate to Doctors Without Borders, and I do feel deep admiration for their work. I wanna be a doc myself, and, even tho I’d rather stay in my Brasil, instead of volunteering overseas as a doc, I’ll donate some amount of money to Docs Without Borders. I’ll found my kennel by 2026-28, once I finish uni, and I’ll revert some money from puppies which got sold to a random animal charity, as it is gonna be an ethical kennel, NOT a puppy mills. Now I’ve understood capitalism ain’t bad at all, it just depends on way u uses it, as everything in life. I’m grateful for having a lovely fam and friends and my pets. I’m also grateful for every chance life give us, even da hidden ones, which we will just discover their meanings later – specially those. Forgive my writings errors, remember English ain’t my first langue.
    Espero que estejam bem,

    • reneeriley says :

      Hi Rosita: I’m grateful that you do know English and can write to all of us. You have wonderful future plans – and a good heart. I’m grateful for you. Aloha, Renée

      • Rosita says :

        Thxs, angel. I’m grateful u also have a good heart and support my dreams 🙂
        hope y’all r fine,

  2. elaine woodall says :

    I am grateful you are my cousin..I have many delightful stories to tell about you and your travels….and your green bean field between here and Casey….it is now being harvested..Keegan’s class will remember your and Barry’s visit for a long time….thanks is not enough…and a new picture will be on its way shortly.. thankfully,

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