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Lamott Bracelet: Love, Breath, Gratitude

I have no memory now. I'm almost 52. I started out very absent-minded as a child, and always have been that way. Getting older and menopause have not really heightened my ability to remember things.

So I actually wear a little tiny gold ID bracelet that says "Annie" on one side. On the other it says "LGB," which is "love, gratitude, and breath." Those are the three things that I need to pray for most: to remember love. 

I pray for knowledge and experience of divine love everywhere around me and within me.

In all these people, half of whom just annoy me to death–just say government people, hypothetically–I try to see the divine love from which each person springs. Even me. 

G is for gratitude. When I'm in gratitude, if I even stop and make a list of the things I'm grateful for, that's a form of prayer. It breaks my trance of misery or self-absorption. 

And then breath: I often forget to do quieting, peaceful, centering breath. I become worried or annoyed, or in traffic, or having one of these insanely infuriating conversations with my sixteen-and-a-half year old, say about the car, then I have the "B": it's on my arm to breathe. Once I breathe and sigh and just start practicing that presence of breath, then things become a lot more spacious, and I behave better. 

- Anne Lamott
Interview on Beliefnet.com

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